First things first! She who taught me to knit, the wonderful Taelixev, is celebrating her two-year blogiversary with a contest! Stop by and weigh in on what makes a great blog, and you can walk away with some sweet loot.
Speaking of sweet loot….
Last year at the Estes Park Wool Market, under the sage guidance of Miriam, I purchased several skeins of Brooks Farm Solana in a glorious blue-violet, with which to knit Eris. I worked on it that summer and finished it just in time to wear it at Rhinebeck. (Which was silly, because it was swelteringly warm during the weekend of the wool festival, but I would not be dissuaded. I’d knit a Rhinebeck sweater, and damnit, I was going to wear it.) While I was there I stopped by the Brooks Farm booth, and when I went up to make my purchase I grinned at the woman helping me and asked “recognize this yarn?” She did, of course, and we had a lovely chat which ended with her taking my picture to feature on Sherry’s blog. (It’s a bad picture of me, as most pictures of me are, but what can you do?) Anyhoo, at Rhinebeck I picked up three skeins of Fourplay in a lovely slightly variegated orange.
My intention was to make some sort of wrap-y, shawl-y thing with it. Lacy, but nothing terribly intricate, since the yarn weight is too heavy for “true” lace. Something a little light, but still substantial enough to keep chilly shoulders warm on brisk evenings. I didn’t have much of a plan beyond that.
Today, Kristi invited me to join the Estes Park Wool Market group on Ravelry, which got me to thinking: since the Brooks Farm ladies were all so impressed that I had bought yarn in Estes and turned it into a sweater to wear at Rhinebeck, perhaps I should knit the yarn I bought at Rhinebeck into something to wear at Estes.
But what to make?
I want something relatively simple, both in consideration of the weight of the yarn (Brooks Farm calls it worsted, Ravelry calls in Aran) and the variegation. Perhaps something a bit geometric? I’m just not sure. I looked up the yarn on Ravelry, and looked at the projects that have been knit with it – far and away, the winner in Clapotis.
Which, all told, is not a bad idea. I am one of the few remaining knitters on earth who has not knit a Clapotis, and it’s a simple enough pattern that I could knit it during our Sunday tabletop gaming sessions…which would greatly increase the likelihood that it would be done in time to wear to Estes. (It will be way too hot to justify a scarf at Estes, but I’m nothing if not stubborn.)
But before I make any firm commitments (and to keep me occupied while I finish Bradon’s
damn beloved socks) I’m soliciting suggestions. If you had three skeins of Fourplay, what would you knit?