For a brief, mysterious half hour last night, my camera decided to work. Huzzah! I can’t post one of the pictures yet, since it’s a surprise gift for a recipient who is also a reader…but I can show you Mr. Kninja’s Valentine’s gift, and the linen towel I’m working on.
This is the top of a Ropes and Ladders scarf knit in in Rowan Plaid, the Seagull colorway. That yarn is really pleasant to work with. It’s VERY squishy, because it’s composed of separate strands slightly twisted together. The loose yarn makes for a very soft end result, and I really like how it looks, too. The longer alpaca fibers feel really lovely and tickly, but the wool is a nice soft wool, too. Great stuff, this yarn. I can’t recommend it highly enough, which means, of course, that it’s discontinued. I am thinking of buying a sack of it, for to make a huge shawl/wrap for to use on cold days.
There’s a longer shot. It needs real blocking. I didn’t have time to do so, since I finished the day before Valentine’s Day. I just ironed it, but it’s curling something fierce, so a real blocking is in order.
Here, as well, is the towel I’m making.
We’re planning on moving in June, and I’m trying to make hand towels and a bathmat for the new place. I’m sick of owning so many things that I don’t really like. Linen hand towels seem like a luxury, and the Linen Drape that I bought lo these many moons ago was just sitting in my yarn cabinet, existing in the perfect shade to match our favorite decor. I wanted to make something easy and reversible, but pretty, too, and I think this stitch works well for that. I’ll post the pattern later…it’s almost too easy to be worth sharing, but I might as well pass it on.
Happy President’s Day!