Saturday, September 03, 2005

So Long Stornoway

You're beautiful, I love you & someday I will knit you, Stornoway, but today is not that day!

So, the trip to Threadbear got postponed due to gas prices & commitment conflics.. namely, my honey is stage managing a music fest all weekend where the promoters don't feel it necessary to feed the workers, so I have to keep running meals to him. Luckily the festival isn't too far from home, but it is a football Saturday in Ann Arbor & traffic is hell!

Anywho, the main excuse to drive to Threadbear was to get yarn for Stornoway. The yarn still needed to be got, this puppy is knit on size 2 needles & if I had any hope for finishing it by xmas I had to start it today. Since Threadbear was out of the picture, I drove to Knit A Round (where I still had a 20% coupon burning a hole in my wallet)! As luck would have it, Keely was working and she was able to rather quickly discern that I was indeed insane & that they didn't have anything that would work, at least not in the quantity that I would need & it would take at least a month to get in if I special ordered it. :(

Trying to salvage this pattern somehow I wandered around for another 30 minutes & then finally caved in & started looking at other patterns. After changing my mind 3 times I finally found this one...

This is Torgeir by Elsebeth Lavold, it's in Designer's Choice Book One: The Viking Collection which has a bunch of beautiful patterns! Its similar in feel to Stornoway, but is knit with dk instead of sport & is on US size 6. Can I get a Woo Hoo? Here's a closeup of the cables, sorry for the graininess (crappy camera, 'member?)...

The pattern calls for Silky Wool, but the owner told me they were out & weren't reordering. However she did help me find out the yardage of said yarn & determined how much I would need of this...

Debbie Bliss, oh how I love you! Your yarns are the yummiest! Knit A Round had all sixteen skeins I needed in the same dye lot & I was able to use my 20% coupon on the yarn, pattern book & needles! Whee!

I would like to send a special thanks to Keely for all her help and patience with this crazy lady! I'm sure she was glad to see me leave after pestering her for 2 hours. Seriously dude, you rock! :)

Ok, off to knit the puppy!


KnitNana said...

What a scrumtious knit that's going to merino! YUM!

Melanie said...

Woo hoo love debbie bliss merino. love debbie bliss. love cables, love sweater!

Joanne said...

That sweater looks really nice. I can't wait to see pics!

Sorry you did not make it to that superstore. It sounded so neat.