Newtonian and gravitational pull
Tuesday September 02nd 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Knit

Nope, I don\'t weave.

Newton’s at Stitches West last February was selling a 60/40 cashmere/merino blend that was really soft, and not all such blends are; this one lived up to its description, and to knit up a shawl in it was going to cost under fifteen bucks.   I carefully held the skeins up against each other in the light because the dyelots at that booth tend to be…random.   But not a problem with the ones I was looking at.Giverny from

One was a charcoal gray.  It was clear to me that the cashmere used for it had been natural brown, and the result is slightly towards the earthy side.  Nothing particularly exciting, but I had had times the previous year where I’d needed guy colors in my stash and didn’t have them.

So.  Saturday I got a package from Lisa Souza with her Giverny colorway in baby alpaca laceweight and her Ruby, slightly subdued in how it came out in her baby alpaca/silk.  Gorgeous, both.  Today I got a package from Tina at Blue Moon Fiber Arts: Geisha in Oma Desala and Potomac.  I’m tempted to think of them as, Oma (doesn’t that mean Grandma?) Desala (of the–salad?  Of the salt?  Help me out here, Tina), and Makes-Me-Homesick for my beloved river.  Lovely, lovely colorways, and I’m dying to dive straight in to all four yarns at once.Geisha in Potomac and Oma Desala

Saturday I also happened to ask the next recipient on my list what colors she liked best.  It took her a moment to get what was coming next, and then I laughed at her hey, wait a minute! reaction.

Well, then.  Black.  She liked black.

I had that coming–I asked.  You over there with the bad eyes and the knitting needles, I hear you groaning too.

grayyyytI had this in my stash.  And you know it’s soft enough, definitely.  Can we call this light black?  But I also have black dye, and overdyeing charcoal to get black, if it doesn’t take totally evenly, who could tell or care?  I’ve been debating between going ahead with the Jacquard Acid or asking if she’d rather I left it as is.  I guess I’ll give her a call.   Communication is a good thing.  You know that what I should have done was to dye it before I started knitting away at it.

But darn, all those new colors are communicating, too, way too loud: knit ME!  No, ME!

Waitcher turn, kids.  All in good time. I’ll get you, my pretties, and your little dog-eared pattern scribblings too.

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LOL! I’m reading this while wearing my favorite pair of charcoal heather “grayyyyt” lands’ end sweat pants which I accidentally splashed with bleach while cleaning the patio a while back. Did you know that bleach marks turn charcoal heather terracotta? Looks like they were splashed with brick colored paint! That’s about the closest I come to having color in my wardrobe ; )

Comment by Lynn 09.03.08 @ 12:17 am

My Brother in Law love black as well 🙂

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 09.03.08 @ 5:23 am

Oh, my…all those goodies! So much fun and making me even more anxious for my “Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival” this weekend.

Comment by Joansie 09.03.08 @ 5:35 am

So much pretty yarn… I happen to like charcoal a lot, but that’s just me…

Comment by Channon 09.03.08 @ 5:35 am

Nothing like a “carrot” of some tempting yarn waiting in line to spur you on in the current project. Knit on!

Oh, and remember the trick of putting a white dishtowel on your lap when you are knitting a dark yarn. It helps you see the lace.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.03.08 @ 6:15 am

Oma Desala is a character in Stargate SG1, an ascended being.

Diana, wallowing in happy geekdom…

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.03.08 @ 6:22 am

But you are also right, Oma is Grandma in Japanese.

Omaa-san is Grandmother.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.03.08 @ 6:23 am

Obasan is grandmother/old woman in Japanese. Ojisan is old man (grandpa/old man). (Would have been addressing my in-laws as such if we ever had kids.) 😉

…As for the knitting though, good luck to your eyes (and thank you!). That dishtowel idea Barbara-Kay mentioned sounds pretty awesome. I don’t knit so much, but I do something similar when I’m doing blackwork on my cross-stitch.


Comment by Amy 09.03.08 @ 8:04 am

Those new yarns are gorgeous! And doesn’t it just figure that you have to work on charcoal gray for a while… I love the coppery colors in some of those skeins 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 09.03.08 @ 9:50 am

I love the Geisha!!!! 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 09.03.08 @ 3:16 pm

the other colors are super duper – especially the brown, green, beige, purple one — but what isn’t there to love about black and grey!!

Comment by rho1640 09.03.08 @ 5:10 pm

Oma is gramma (not grandma or grandmother) in both German and Swedish.

Comment by AndiN 09.03.08 @ 6:00 pm

My brother is an all-black fan, but he allows a little (dark) gray in sometimes. He calls it “pastel black”.

Comment by ccr in MA 09.04.08 @ 5:23 pm

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