On Beyond SilkBlend
Wednesday January 13th 2010, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Knit,Wildlife

Got your batteries in and ears on?  Okay, here goes:

1. Finished the Manos shawl.

2. The chickadees supervised the process.

3. The squirrel:  Scarlet-o-hairy made me burst out laughing.  Reddy, though, short for Redwood or all kinds of possibilities, has stuck with me all day. So far. (Rodent is an anagram for Redont chew near the house.)

4. Now I have to go design something to live up to today’s mail delivery: Dianne does nice work.  One feels, knitting her calypso-dyeways yarns, like one is assembling a Claude Monet (and as the daughter of an art dealer who worked with one of Monet’s proteges, I get to say that insufferably smugly.)

It always feels wonderful to buy from the kind of person a fellow knitter can hold up as, this, this: is what knitters are like.  Kind, creative, artistic and generous, with a loyal following for good reason.  I can’t wait to see Dianne at Stitches next month!  (Saving my pennies for that amaryllis yarn that I didn’t even see till after my order had gone through. I mean, how perfect is that.  And the. And the. And the. And the.)

I thought I knew just what I was going to do with this Temptation CoCo when it got here so I could dive immediately in. But sometimes, colorways, once they’re present in person, design themselves just right and just so. If we listen.

I’ve got my ears in.

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Oh my, the beauty in this post is blinding!

And I did not bite on that squirrel baiting you did yesterday 😀

Comment by Cathy (catsandyarn on Ravelry) 01.14.10 @ 12:22 am

That Dianne is somethin’ else!! I met her at the sock summit and bouhgt one skein…there is always so much more than meets the eye in those skeins!

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 01.14.10 @ 5:14 am

Beautiful! And I’m glad that you too have yarn that announces no, it wants to be something else instead.

Comment by Channon 01.14.10 @ 6:50 am

That is gorgeous yarn! Actually the fact that it’s so pretty should take the pressure off you because whatever it becomes can’t help but be beautiful.

Comment by LynnM 01.14.10 @ 8:31 am

THE Monet? REALLY!!!????

before my daughter went to school (and during school breaks after that) she stayed with a most awesome lady who had a fine arts degree and thought that little kids should be exposed to great art — so when the De Young Museum had an Impressionist exhibit when she was about 3 years old, we took her (and her “Amma”) to see it

of course Amma had spent many weeks talking to her about Monet and Degas before hand

imagine the amazement of fellow museum attendees (especially those who had expressed doubts about us bringing so young a child while we were standing in line outside) when she could identify the painters of the pieces!

she still adores Monet — imagine how excited she will be when I share this little tid bit with her (back to the six degrees of separation!)

Comment by Bev 01.14.10 @ 8:44 am

Even a non-knitter like me can see that that yarn is gorgeous! I think LynnM is right — anything you make should be beautiful.

Fun –

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me…

Comment by Don Meyer 01.14.10 @ 10:48 am

My big tough turkey-hunting husband always takes a little jar lid and some birdseed out to the blind, because he likes to make friends with the chickadees :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 01.14.10 @ 11:52 am

Thank you Alison for your kind words. I’m dyeing like crazy for next month at Stitches West with lots of goodies.

Comment by Dianne 01.14.10 @ 12:00 pm

WOW a MONET protege…I am in awe! Monet is my favorite artist of all time. Some of his works were on exhibit in a museum a couple of hours from us and we went at 3 in the morning to see them as those were the only tickets left. It was AMAZING!

Even in an unblocked puff-ball the Manos shawl looks beautiful & inviting!

Comment by TripletMom 01.14.10 @ 12:32 pm

Ears, eyes and fingers ready. 🙂

How hard is the pressure from the chickadees? Or are we talking more of a contemplation than a supervision?

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 01.14.10 @ 12:50 pm

Saw my first Monet up close in Houston Museum of Fine Art last month. I spent so long in front of it, the guard started eyeballing me. Imagine working in a place where such art becomes the wallpaper…

Comment by Joan 01.14.10 @ 3:24 pm

The yarn will tell you–as we used to say when we were on the CB, keep your ears on.

Comment by sherry in idaho 01.14.10 @ 6:16 pm

Heh..got your ears on good buddy? I hope you have a wonderful visit with Holly tomorrow…too bad I’ll have to wait until Stitches to see you myself.

Comment by Ruth 01.15.10 @ 12:28 am

I know how wonderful it is to buy from someone who epitomizes the best in knitters. You know why!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.15.10 @ 7:02 am

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