February 7, 2010

Now we're cooking with gas!

Ooo wee, look what I got:

Mmm hmm, a swift. That's right.  I really, really wanted one and wasn't about to shell out the money for one, which makes this a terriffic gift.  A perfect present, really. My friend Amy had ordered this for me back in December, but it was backordered, then she was swamped at work so we didn't see each other for a month.  Last night, she had me over for a lovely, old fashioned dinner (roasted cauliflower with a kalamata drizzle, roasted chicken and garlic mashed potatoes) and a viewing of multiple episodes of The First 48, one of my most favorite TV shows that I never get to watch because I don't have cable.  Add presents to the mix, and we're talking about a pretty, pretty great evening.  Plus, I'm now set up to make more neato items, like this:

Pattern: Shroom, by Lee Wood Juvan
Yarn: Punta Yarns Merisoft Spacedyed
Needles: US9/5.5mm & US11 8.0mm
Started: January 11
Finished: January 11

I totally and completely bit this from my friend Ewephoric.  She made this hat, with this yarn, in this color.  There is no, I repeat no, shame in my game.  When I saw her Shroom, I was so drawn to the color, which is incredibly deep and vibrant and shot through with streaks of bright.  It seems to me to be a visual representation of rhubarb and cream, brightened with a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Within two weeks, I had trotted myself off to Downtown Yarns in Manhattan to purchase a skein.  With the yarn held doubled, I was able to whip this up  this up one night after work.

Despite the lacy holes, this hat in this yarn is really toasty, and after a funky warm patch, we're back to having chilly winter weather in New York, which is good news for me and my knitwear.


Oiyi said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the yarn swift! It's such a necessary item. That is so nice of your friend.

I love that color! And it looks great on you. Had I bought it that day, all three of us would have matching hats.

Erin Joy and Sarah Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice! Hats and swifts - what could be better? When my husband brought my swift home for my birthday I knew he was a keeper!

sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

do you have a ball winder? I cant imagine living without a swift for so long. Not that they are so necessary but just because I love love love watching it spin.

Sayschnicklefritz said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, ja, I have a ball winder. The swift has just replaced the chair back that I've been using. Plus, it makes me feel very official.

Rima said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely Shroom. And very New York photos.

molly said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, i'm SWOONING over that hat! I need just such a stretcher, to fit over beaucoup hair. Dog-earing this one for when I move past scarves. (Love the name, by the way -- I grew up with my mom dubbing me schnicklefritz, and have not heard it since until now!)