I'm excited to introduce my new yarn: Sunna's Big Sister, Birte (named for the Danish Goddess of the Home and Crafting)!
Making it's Grand Debut at MDSW ... 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Bombyx Silk DK Weight. I knit the above swatch last night to see how it would go: the bottom portion is 6 stitches/inch on US Size 4 needles, the middle portion is 5.5 st/in on US 5's and the top is 5 st/in on US 6's. It sort of falls between DK and Sport, but I like it best at the 5 and 5.5 st/in gauges, so that puts it directly in the DK category. I think it would look good knit on Size 7 needles, too, and for lace I'd probably use a Size 9. Since it's the same yarn as Sunna, it will behave well in all different sorts of stitch and gauge scenarios (oh, how I love well-behaved yarn ... especially since there are so few other things in life that are well-behaved and don't talk back ;-D ). I'm itching to knit something with it (preferably a full body suit, but I can be reasonable).
This is a new colorway, too, named "Green Velvet." It's more green and less gold in person. There isn't really any gold in it at all, it's more of a deeper green with muted olive green and lighter sage/gray greens. I was playing with dyes the other day and sort of stumbled upon a new (for me) technique, which I'm really looking forward to exploring more in the coming months. I love this color, alot (actually, I'd like to keep all of this dyelot for myself, but I shall not, as I know there are at least a few other Lovers of Green out there who might like it).
Good News, too!! I heard back from the Mill, and the 3 fibers they still have WILL make it to MDSW! I'm so pleased I can't stand myself.
So, I'll have a big bag of the wonderful Polwarth blend (this time around it's white Polwarth blended with light brown cashmere, white yak, white bombyx silk, deep chestnut baby alpaca, white suri alpaca and brown baby camel). I'll also have white Masham from Great Britain, and soft brown Rambouillet from the US. No photos of any of them til I get home.
I received, gosh, 8 sample knits in the mail yesterday and I there will be more today and tomorrow. Plus, several knitters are delivering samples to me at MD on Friday and Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I think this will be my last post til after MDSW, but I'll post sample photos when I get home, because they are all beautiful (and I'm so thankful to all the knitters who agreed to take this on for me!).
Now I'm off to tie up a few organizational ends, run a kazillion errands and then pick Shelia up at the airport. Yay!
Hope to see you at the Festival!