Saturday, March 20, 2010

Oy. Pictures.

I don't know what my problem is, but I have a real aversion to having my picture taken. I just... hate it. But, everyone tells me knits look better when actually modeled. So, there you have it. I'm wearing the sample I knit for Gotham Fine Yarns. I took the pictures myself. Hate the pictures.

Maybe it's like hearing your own voice? I don't know. I just don't think I look like that, but apparently I do.

Less about me, more about the beret! As I extolled in the last post, I just love this yarn. And I love this citron color. Some find it obnoxious, but I think it's the perfect shade. And it goes with all my favorite neutrals!

And, I gotta say... this is a quick knit. Two nights of knitting.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

String Theory

While I'm not in the business of reviewing yarn, I can't help myself when it comes to this one. String Theory's Caper Sock yarn is really special.

I was in Gotham Fine Yarn dropping off copies of my Cables & Lace Beret Pattern when I agreed to knit up a sample for the store. It's always helpful to have the real live finished object for customers to look and try-on. Anyway, Rebecca of Gotham Fine Yarns helped me find just the right yarn to use. New to the store, and completely new to me, she handed me a hefty skein of 400 yards in Citron. Wow, I thought. This color is fantastic. And that's really saying something considering my arsenal of every shade of off-white in my stash. But, I digress.

I wound it up and started knitting the beret. Wow, I thought again. This feels great! It's just springy enough to make it easy to work with and make the stitches really pop and the color is just the right spring green. 80/10/10 of Merino, Cashmere and Nylon - not a magical combination nor unique. But I kept flipping the tag over trying to see if I was missing something. Some exotic fiber for sure. Nope. Just the good old stuff.

If you're in the NYC-area, I really recommend checking it out at Gotham. Otherwise, I think they're online. I do know they're from Maine and while I'm crazy for yarn, I'm not crazy enough to drive up for it. Well, actually...