in which there is more of this palette business


Housewerks, Pigtown, Baltimore.

I know, there was no List last Friday. Not for a lack of Very Good Things, either, but more that I was spending my day in the midst of them and got a little carried away. Friday was for family, and then the weekend became terribly exciting, and so now here we are. This week’s List will just be a little longer, is all.

I’m working on a few things this week- backing some of those watercolor embroideries for the shop, getting models together for a photoshoot, editing the life out of the next issue (which is coming out SOON and damn, I’m ticking things off my list), but in all of that I’m trying to take a little time and look around, make sure I’m not missing how absolutely gorgeous this June is. It’s these wonderful little things, those small moments, and in all this busy-busy-busy I’m so easily lost in the shuffle of wake up, work, dinner, sleep. As much as I love my work, it isn’t my life. I’m so grateful for our dogs– how did we ever function before dogs? They keep us on a schedule, which is great, but more than that, Hugo’s need for exercise and stimulation keeps us from overwork and excessive connectivity. You can’t take a laptop on the trails, and knitting doesn’t exactly happen on a walk with a little man. Even as I’m writing, he has his face on my lap desk, waiting for the fun to start.


See? Not even kidding.

What he doesn’t know is that once I finish up here, I’m going to make a little dinner, check on my purple heart and pothos cuttings (I am obsessed, it is so weird) and then do a little more sewing, so nothing is getting terribly exciting anytime soon, unless he considers snuggling and watching Netflix while I stitch a party. He’s getting older, though. I am also getting older and this is generally what I consider a good time these days, so possibly yes?

I also have a new wedding shawl to plan out (although I have plenty of time to plan it) which we are all very happy about up here; that will be its own series of posts, but if anyone has All- Time Favorite Yarn Suggestions, I am very, very open. I have a few requirements, naturally.

  • Yarn should not be merino wool. (I’m sorry. Merino is lovely, I’m just bored with the stuff. Epic preference for heritage breeds, but BFL, Cormo, Corriedale, Shetland, they all get my love.) Luxury fibers are also and always an option.
  • Lace weight isn’t the only possibility here- fingering, double, or sport weight are also on the table.
  • Absolutely, positively MUST come in cream/ white/ undyed, obviously, because I’ll be custom- dyeing for this.

I have ideas and opinions, leads and what not, of course, but I’m always interested in hearing from others— what’re your favorite Big Occasion Yarns when you’re pulling out all the stops?


  One thought on “in which there is more of this palette business

  1. June 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Usually when I’m going all out it’s handspun. Not helpful, I know. I am also in the boat of NO MORE MERINO. Sadly I understand why it’s the default in the industry. This is why I have long whining conversations with Jim at AB about blending other things. I like BFL for it’s crimp and I love Polwarth for it’s sturdy yet sleekness.

    I yearn for more Cormo in my life. I’m not a huge fan of Camel but Yak is my go to for blending in with wool for pure softness and giving it that silvery base so you get more rich tones when you are dying. Tussah or Bombyx depends on if you want more shine or less but they both have value.

    Obviously I’m probably going to love what you do and I always look forward to your creativity.

  2. June 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I just ordered Skinny-Ewe laceweight, undyed, from Holiday Yarns for a christening shawl. It is merino silk, though, and you said you’re bored with merino. But it’s half-price when undyed. I am knitting Nancy Bush’s Crown Prince Square Shawl.

    • June 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Half-price is always good, but yeah, if I’m going to be working with anything this long, I’m itching for something new. We worked with literal thousands of skeins of merino! 🙂

  3. June 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    My husband bought me this gorgeous 50% yak 50% silk laceweight as a wedding present, that I’m still waiting for the perfect pattern for:

    I’m also a big fan of the fingering weight camel/silk yarn at Kettle Yarn Co., not sure if she sells undyed tho.

    • June 11, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Yak is amazing- that’s a really nice yarn! And you know my feelings on camel/ silk blends…

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