Posh Yarn and Just One More Round
Well, after being introduced to Posh Yarn by Nanatoo (who, by the way, is the most excellent enabler), yesterday I became their first customer.
Posh Yarn is based in the north of England and specialises in hand-dyed cashmere yarn and cashmere mixes. They supply all weights of yarn from cobweb lace through to chunky and including sock yarn. The yarn is hand dyed to order and there's a good range colourwise comprising both solids and variegated. Dee, at Posh Yarn, informed me that more colours will be added soon and custom dyeing is also available. No postage/packing is payable on orders over £20 and the goods are sent by registered mail.
The yarns on the site look gorgeous but I was very good and only ordered three skeins: one skein of pure cashmere laceweight for Sivia Harding's Victorian Shoulderette; and two skeins of Cashmere/Silk laceweight for Heartstrings' Beaded Lace Scarf II. Yarn should be received within five days of ordering and, accordingly, I was told by Dee to expect my yarn by Tuesday. She also told me that she would inform me by email as soon as it was posted so that I would be kept updated on the status of my order. I'm thinking that the cashmere/silk variegated would make a lovely clapotis and this has tempted me to consider making another. I'll post a photo when the yarn arrives and let you know what I think of it.
I finally got around to having a go with dpns and made amulet bag No 2 which I've embellished with a knitted flower and a bead. The amulet bag making has given me the idea to make some scented sachets for the Craft Fair to be knitted on dpns, embellished with beads or flowers or whatever else occurs to me and with some ribbon slotted through the eyelets perhaps. Then I could put some dried herbs inside tied in muslin with a few drops of essential oil added - citrus oils for the orange and yellow bags, lavender for the mauve ones, etc.
Having completed an amulet bag in the round, I decided that the one I'd knitted flat previously wasn't good enough any more so I frogged it and I'm going to reknit it on dpns. When it's reknitted, I'm going to draw a name from all of the people who said they liked the original one and that person will be sent its replacement if they desire. I can't make up my mind, you see, having asked if anyone would like it, whether people were a bit reticent to say they would like it or whether they were just being polite when they said it was nice. So, in order to cover all eventualities, I plan to proceed as above. LOL
The success with the dpns also encouraged me to crack open my Web of Wool sock kit which has been in the drawer since Ally Pally last year. I got to the stage of dividing the stitches for the heel when I noticed that I'd knitted a few stitches of moss stitch amongst the rib right at the beginning of the cuff. So, it went to the frog pond and I've now restarted it. This is where I am with it at the moment.
And, I now completely get it - all the fuss about knitting socks, I mean - and I can't put it down. I'm forever wanting to do just one more round!
Thanks for all the nice comments on my last post about Fitzgerald, etc. Charlotte asked what's Noro like to knit with. Personally, I think it's okay to knit with if a little hard (it's not what I'd call a soft yarn) and there are a lot of knots in it for such an expensive yarn, too. If making a cardi, some might find it more important to match the stripes on both fronts which would mean continuing from where the repeat matches and consequently the garment could end up taking more yarn. However, if you're prepared to accept these 'cons', the 'pros' are, in my opinion, well worth it because the colour combinations are so gorgeous.