...a day makes. Reentry? You know the feeling. There's nothing in the fridge, the thermostat is all out of whack, the cat's pissed off at you, and the careful repacking job? Well, the under-strata is lovely, folded, and orderly, but the top layers are a treacherous, shifting rubble pile of all that you found in your "last sweep" of the place- miscellaneous Legos from under the couch, that final sippy cup in the drying rack, the shampoo and conditioner from the outside shower, and that Baby Einstein DVD you almost (phew) left in the DVD player. And half of that is now all over the trunk of the car, because even though you didn't acquire anything on this trip (okay, a little smidge of yarn, but that is still in its original bag or otn), you wish you'd brought twice the suitcases. Oh, yeah, and your plants are dead. Your creditors are not.
But if you're lucky, if you click your heels together three times and say, "There's no place like Black Dog Knits! There's no place like Black Dog Knits!" well, then, you might just get to come home to this:
Two packages from my new favorite Australian cultural export. You send me a cashmere/wool project bag, gemstone, freshwater pearl, vintage and crystal stitch markers, and two skeins of merino 4ply from The Knittery (colorways Earth and Passionfruit), and I'm one step away from having the Biscuit dress up as you for Halloween, instead. (Just kidding, Nora. Angus it is.)
And, from the files of "what a difference a gauge makes," we have these two numbers, my most recent FO's:
This is Cari Luna's Baby Yoda sweater, knit up in Manos Cotton Stria. It looks kind of lovely in the photo, and it is very soft, but despite the worsted/aran description, this yarn knits up kind of icky on size 6's. Like runny pantyhose. I made a few modifications to the sweater, mostly because after photographing Beth's for her, and falling in love with the pattern because of her lovely purple version, I also listened to her warning about the amount of seaming that goes into this relatively small sweater. I did the sleeves in the round and a three-needle bind-off for the shoulders. I also omitted the two 6" lengths of i-cord for the inner ties, opting instead for less bulky ribbons. Now I'm almost finished with version #2, which I did in the round to the armholes, and in a very Yoda color (photos in next post, promise). Because you know I can't knit anything just once, right? (Cough *Wallaby* *BSJ* cough.) I had plenty of the Cotton Stria left over, so I also whipped up another of Adrian's bonnets on size 3's:
Aaaah. Now that's how Cotton Stria should be knit. Anyone know how to do some good bear ears?