Are we good or what? We finally stood around and made pictures yesterday of all my recently acquired treasures. So now I can share them with you and then put away my wonderful loot and free up a bit the middle of my bedroom. Of course – first comes yarn.
These wonderful Kauni yarn is imported from Estonia. It has wonderfully long color repeats and is a pleasure to work with. The stitch definition will be what you want it to be. From hazy and homogeneous on large needles to extra crisp on smaller size needles. Now all this said. Kauni is not made of merino. It is good old-fashion scratchy skin wool. That is why despite magical colors a whole box of it stayed in my storage unused for many years. Until now. In Tel Aviv I met lots of fabulous knitters. Some of them fabulous Russian knitters, so after looking at an album full of exquisite Kauni shawls I timidly said – “but the yarn is scratchy”. The reply was – it is very easy to fix. After knitting your masterpiece, just soak it in the strong solution of fabric softener or hair conditioner. Let it soak for at least 12 hours. Rinse and block, or simply spread out and dry. I touched a shawl treated this way and it felt wonderfully soft and springy. Some people believe that it is easier to treat the yarn before knitting it up. This treatment can also be used for Noro. I did something similar before, but my mistake was not waiting the 12 hour interval.
These pretty stone beads will become stunning necklaces in the very near future. At least I hope they will be stunning.
And finally fabrics. Fabrics galore. I do not have a fabric stash because I do not really sew. I mean all my sewing accomplishments to date consist of making kind of even seams while hyperventilating simultaneously under a watchful eye of my friend Tamar. From time to time I would need to knit to calm myself down. Add to it a true horror of cutting up the fabric and you will understand why there is no fabric stash in my house. Yet my figure is very nonstandard, and if I add that I have been either pregnant or nursing practically nonstop for the past 15 years and add the modesty requirements… You will agree with me that a chance of getting closing off the rack is practically non-existent.
So all this lovely fabric is going next week to a wonderful lady, who will make it for me into dresses.