Thursday, 13 December 2007

Cashmere Crazy at Christmas

Well, Christmas knitting has been zooming along. I can't show you any of it. But it's looking good and I'm on schedule - sort of. The 'sort of' is that I am just about to start my Mom's cardigan. I'm pretty sure I can get it done for Christmas day -- but unfortunately it looks like I won't be going back to Canada so she won't get it until January. I'm ok with that (the cardigan thing) because of course Lyra is her real present and that was done ages ago. (Yippeee.)

The change to my plans for where I'll be for Christmas mean I won't get to see my Mom when she opens up Lyra. I'll have to rely on my sister for details on Ma's reaction.

Apart from Christmas knitting I seem to have started acquiring cashmere at a startling rate. It started with the pink cashmere for Ma's cardigan. It is crazy soft. Amazingly soft. I ordered it from Jilly's Knitwear in France and it is the softest yarn I have ever ever ever squished. That squishing experience seems to have flipped some switch in my head that has meant I have been cashmere mad ever since.

Over the past 3 weeks I have acquired 3 lots of cashmere from Posh Yarn. All beautifully soft. I have no plans for this yarn. Yet.

As usual the colours aren't quite right (dang these short days) but they give the general idea.

Although I've enjoyed the Christmas knitting I'm looking forward to getting back to pointless, no deadline knitting in January. Since my last post on the subject I've added a gazillion other potential projects to the list inspired as always by the amazing projects underway in blogland.

Z's Momma made a gorgeous Niebling shawl that I really really want. (While you are there - check out her cute sheep stuff!)

And Jane and Miss Alice Faye are working on the amazing Princess. Until very recently I've been immune to her charms -- but seeing their gorgeous work has infected me......

Littleberry has started the Honeybee stole - and it's looking good (even if she is being stingy with the pictures). The Honeybee has long been on my to do list and this is just reinforcing it.

Fleegle's been making these really cute booties -- I don't know any feet small enough for them but I am strangely drawn to knitting them anyway. And her red Lyra makes me want to cast on for a second Lyra RIGHT NOW.

Over the weekend I will be undertaking an annual construction project which, although not knitting related, will be blogged about on Monday. Bet you can't wait!


fleegle said...

I want to come and roll around in your stash, please???

Um, Jilly is buying her cashmere from Shakun. Same colors, same put-up, same sizes. You can probably get it cheaper from them. Just a suggestions :)

Started a new mystery project. You can join in if you want. Jane, Alice, and Larzita and I are kntting an International Shawl. We are starting with a square center from Ishida's book, putting in an English inner border. We haven't decided on the rest yet, but the rule each section has to come from a different country. Fun! I'll post about it next week.

LittleBerry said...

nice yarn.... only stingy with my photos as I need the knitting time as I don't knit as fast as you, but I promise plenty of detailed photos when Honeybee is finished.... but it's a really nice knit...

clarabelle said...

Good to hear that you're still with us and have not imploded due to stress-related-Xmas-knitting-disease. I too am a cashmere roll atm, having not quite appreciated its yumminess before.

And I'm sure your ma will love Lyra!

Queen of the froggers said...

Lovely cashmere! I am sure your Mum will love Lyra, it is a shame you can't be there when she opens it. Every time I visit your blog I get these terrible lace knitting urges!!! All that inspiration is lovely. Thank you for the comment on my blog, it was really nice. x

Anonymous said...

Mmmm, cashmere. You're becoming addicted. =D

Anonymous said...

Uh, excuse me while I go and fetch a mop to clean up the floor! hehe

I can't wait to see what the finished products are going to look like!

Angelika said...

Hmmm, Cashmere. Do I have to say more?

Holly said...

Oooh... I'm having some serious cashmere envy, Soo! I will look forward to seeing your progress on your mom's cardigan - I'm sure it will be just lovely. And do let us know your sister's report on her reaction to Lyra!