After a very dry January, which should be the wettest month of the year here in Northern-Central California, February has been very wet. I have several things to block, but with 60% humidity and low-to-mid-60 temps in the house, I’ve been hesitant to pin wet handknits to a towel on the floor (or run a fan). So I’ve got a stack waiting to be blocked:
On the bottom are the two fronts and back to the La Gran Mohair cardi, which I want to block and seam at the shoulders before I knit the sleeves, as I’m certain I’ll have to shorten them. The first time I knit this cardigan a couple years ago, the sleeve length was good for M, who is long limbed and 6’4″ tall; I have short arms and legs and am 5’6″. Next up, Tudor Grace is ready to block! Very excited by that. I finished the second stockinette sock in CTH Champlain Sunset, and they need a wash. On top is a swatch for the periwinkle Lamb’s Pride worsted you may remember I was trying to find a pattern for. I have a pattern! Unblocked the swatch is very close; I think blocking will do the trick. But I won’t say more until I know the swatch really is OK–don’t want to jinx it.
So during the two days that haven’t been rainy and sodden, M’s parents were here visiting and we went up into the Sierra Nevada Foothills to Placerville. Placerville was a gold rush town, and so it is chock full of historical buildings and things to do. It even has a yarn shop! I got to go to Lofty Lou’s. Here Nancy and I head into the little shop:
M and his dad, Bob, weren’t that thrilled with the thought of crawling through a yarn shop (Crazy! I know.), but Lou had anticipated this. There were chairs outside on a little patio, and they had a good chat and did some people watching while Nancy and I shopped. There were a lot of novelty yarns and sock yarns, but I had a couple of scraps of sweater yarn I want to get coordinating yarn to knit scarves with. And I found a winner! Trabajos del Peru, a new merino yarn from Plymouth Yarns was scrumptious!
It’s aran weight (4 spi on size 9 needles), and two skeins had nearly 300 yds of yarn and cost less than $20. A real deal. It’s hand-dyed and single ply like Malabrigo. I wonder if the dyers from Uruguay (Manos del Uruguay), Paraguay (Malabrigo) and now this yarn from Peru feel a sense of competition. Do they look at each other’s color cards and make snide comments? Well, these colors are lovely, and the greens match my Wool of the Andes (Peruvian yarns rule!) in Fern.
My current plan is a February Lady Sweater in the Fern and a chevron/feather and fan sort of motif for the scarf. But all that could change!
Well, before my headache really becomes a migraine, I should wish all of you a great weekend, and now I’ll get off the computer.
12 thoughts on “Soggy Weather”
I hope your headache goes away quickly!
The yarn is very pretty and yeah, bang on with the coordination.
Oh that is some yummy yarn!!! I agree, the wool of the andres is NICE stuff!
Ooh, pretty yarn!
Oh, your new yarn is gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve seen a comparable colorway anywhere else. Hope your headache doesn’t become a migraine.
Banish that headache! Be Gone, I Say!
I LOVE the colors and your ideas for a FLS and Chevron scarf…
What a delightful excursion…
Can’t wait to see all of your projects! I love the yarns you purchased!
I love the idea of having chairs set up outside for the waiting area – Hubby always complains about the “yarn store smell” – and that’s a perfect solution!
Send your soggy weather up here! Our rivers are very low, and we could use the rain.
Oooh, that scarf yarn is gorgeous, and it does seem to go perfectly with the green. I’m excited to see the new knits all blocked!
Believe it or not, I’ve heard of Placerville. Looks like you guys had a good time. Love your yarn find, Brenda. It really does put me in the mind of Malabrigo and Manos.
Hope your haid feels better after a while. 🙂
Oooh, that is a pretty yarn! Nice find.
I hope that all goes well with blocking your swatch, and I hope you didn’t get a migraine!
Brenda- There are yarn shops everywhere- what a great find.
Oh! I hope your headache improved!
You made some lovely choices…
Sierra Nevada Foothills…that sounds so wonderful, I’ve always wanted to go there.