We had a good turnout for our knitting afternoon for the benefit of Houston’s animal shelters and the Red Cross. We had loads of goodies to eat, good conversation, good company, and an all-around good time, and we raised $300! People could designate if they wanted their $10 donation to go to a certain place; what was left was split evenly. The Red Cross received $90, the Houston SPCA received $100, and the Houston Humane Society received $110. Thanks so much to everyone who came, and also to those who couldn’t come but took the time to drop off a donation anyway!!
We received some lovely new yarn this week. Diamond Yarn’s Tradition sock yarn comes in beautiful heather-y shades, is a very traditional blend of superwash wool and nylon for strength and easy care, and is extremely well-priced!
Very nice indeed and perfectly suitable for other fingering-weight projects!
For those not-so-traditional sock knitters (or baby sweaters or colorful scarves and hats), we received a few new color-ways from Opal’s Rainforest Series:
I confess to snagging a ball of one of the colors for my BIL’s socks, which I must remember to knit a bit more loosely this time. The last pair will have to go to my narrow-footed cousin because I knit them with so much fervor, I think they’re nt just tight, they might be watertight!
Berroco sent us some lovely vibrant colors of Lusso, a fingering-weight yarn made of pure yummie-ness! Extra fine merino, silk, baby camel and super kid mohair, all stuffed into a light and fluffy ball of fuzz:
Can you see how the silk gleams through all that wonderful fiber? A few more colors to come, but I couldn’t resist that bright red-orange. I decided to make a tee that will pop on over something to add a light layer of warmth and color this winter. Using Churchmouse’s Simple Tee pattern and size 5 needles, I’ve got a good start:
Love it already!
Karen brought her Saudade Hat class sample with her on Sunday and modeled for everyone. I didn’t get a snap of how cute it looked on her, but you can get a feel for what a great hat it is:
If you turn the ribbing up, it’s a beanie. If you leave the ribbing unfolded, it’s a slouch. All the pretty color work and the Cumbria fingering make the hat so cozy, so warm, so perfect. (Only a few spots left in the class!) The beautiful colors of Cumbria Fingering that everyone ordered for their First Fair-Isle sweaters should be here this week, and I can’t wait to see all the combinations. So exciting!
Oh, how I love knitting season!