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after a little time off from blogging, i have a little parade of FOs to share.  the dreary seattle weather is making photographs difficult these days, so today i’ll just post a little one.

Nightshade Cowl Complete 10.28.2008

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pattern: darkside cowl by sarah fama
yarn: sundara sock yarn in deadly nightshade
needles: US 8 circs

the yarn is the from the most recent sundara seasons winter shipment.  called “deadly nightshade” it is a gorgeous variegated purple, varying from deep, mysterious plum to a lighter, icy lavender.  i was a little unsure what to do with it as it is pretty highly variegated, not something i like for larger projects.  so, i thought a cute, cozy cowl would be perfect.

the darkside cowl turned out to be a great choice.  i held the yarn double to get the an appropriate gauge.  it is really warm and cozy.  the stitch pattern is super squishy and stretchy, so gauge isn’t really all that important.

i’m really happy with the way this turned out.  great use of a single skein of sock yarn, and i’m always looking for uses for sock yarn that don’t involve knitting socks.  i think i’ve worn it every day since i finished.

i’m sorry i’ve been mia lately.  my work life has completely taken over the past month.  frankly, it is really miserable.  i think i’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel though, so hopefully more from me soon. 

during all this craziness, mike and i did manage to take a quick trip to san francisco to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.  love that city.

while there, i had an opportunity to do something i’ve been wanting to do for quite a while – visit artfibers!

artfibers photo cropped

i’ve been hearing about artfibers forever on the stash and burn podcast and i was really excited to visit.  i completely dorked out on yarn for the entire afternoon.  they have such a great setup, and i had the shop to myself the entire time i was there.  not only do they offer their own yarn, not available anywhere else, but you can knit swatches in any yarn, any color.  i tried out about seven different bases before selecting sweater quantities of two.

Artyarns Yumminess

i ended up with a cone of sylph in a beautiful purple color and a cone of ming in a pretty, buttery yellow.  i really wanted a cone of kyoto as well, but they didn’t have enough of the vibrant red color, which was the most appealing to me.  i have no project plans for either yarn yet, but i’m sure i’ll come up with something eventually.  they are both so soft and luxurious.  i’m open to sweater pattern ideas if anyone has one.  most of the patterns knit on ravelry with either of these bases are shawls.

it was a really wonderful, relaxing afternoon (very much needed given the work stress i’ve been dealing with lately), so i was really sad to receive an email from artfibers just two weeks later explaining that they are closing the retail location and will be online only for the time being.  details are on the artfibers website here.  since i don’t live in SF, this really doesn’t affect me all that much.  however, i found myself unusually bummed that such a great spot was closing.  i don’t know the ins and outs of the business, but i really hope they’ll be able to make in internet only or find a new retail location.  it would be really sad for the community to lose such a great resource.

anyway, i have a few FOs to talk about later in the week.

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i'm chris. i knit and spin a lot. i cook and eat food grown and made locally. i fail at the "local" part more than i'd like. i am learning to be a gardener. i'm in love with two pitbulls and an advocate for the breed.

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