This week, I was waiting impatiently for two boxes from Knit Picks. I stalked my birthday-gift-card box online, and frowned mightily when it sojourned far too long at the nearby sorting center. To force the box to come, I swatched for a Tappan Zee in this gorgeous yarn …
I bought the yarn at half off at the Loon Mountain Knit-In. I only have two skeins — about 980 yards. The label claims “DK” — but I have to say it looks and swatches a lot like worsted. Of course the swatching caused both my boxes to arrive the very next day. Mission accomplished!
The first box was my birthday order (gift card from my mom):
Mostly I got enough Gloss DK to make a Parseval. The orange/black combo is for a Halloween Cowl: Hocus Pocus. The Stroll Glimmer (shiny!) is for a Damask shawl. I also got a snappy little tape measure, and a sock-blocker key chain. Did I cast on with any of this yarn? No. I must focus on the other box. I did, however, cast on (and finish) an itty bitty sock-blocker sock with leftover BMFA STR Lightweight in “Electric Kool-aid Acid Test.”
The other box from KP is for my “Flurry Pullover” prototype. KP accepted my proposal, and this is my delightful WotA Tweed! I have swatched, waited impatiently for the swatch to dry (rainy weekend here), cast on, and knit the bottom 3-4 inches of the sweater. This sweater must be my knitting focus for the next few weeks. My goal is to knit through one ball of yarn per day — that should get this sweater done lickety split. Then “all” I have left is testing.
I swatched for the proposal using Swish DK in similar colors — not the right size, but enough to show the idea: