Raw silk yarn…mysterious.

raw silk laceweight yarn

I ordered some undyed raw silk yarn, and have been really enjoying trying to figure out what it wants to be.

When I placed the order, I expected this yarn to be worsted weight. Sometimes when I order through co-ops, I get a little surprise when the yarn comes. For me, that’s just part of the nature of the beast. Pay half price, you might get something wacky. C’est la vie.

I saw some really cool raw silk yarn at Loop when I taught there this spring. It looked really tough in the hank, but when it was knit up, it was so soft and cozy. I thought I had found the base yarn when I ordered this stuff…and maybe I did, but not at the right gauge.

So. I’m about to start swatching, wiggling, and washing, and trying to see just what this will do. The intriguing thing about this yarn is that while it does have a gorgeous, pearly sheen, it has a really rough look to it. The little noils make it look a little bit tweedy. In the hank, the yarn has a great body, but I really wonder what it’ll do when it’s washed? Will this make a soft, next-to-the-skin scarf or shawl?

I have a vision of a rough-hewn rectangular wrap. I’m not really the delicate, shawl that fits through a wedding ring type, but I would LOVE a wrap that looks rough, feels soft, and has a great texture.

I’ll keep you posted! :)

Tuesday

East High

I just got back from my high school reunion! I hadn’t gone back for any of the previous ones, so it was really startling to see everyone. But, overall it was good and I’m glad I went. There was an informal party on Friday night at a sports bar, then a tour of the high school on Saturday morning, and finished up with a dinner on Saturday night.

Here I am with my two BFFs:
High school BFFs

It was fun, but I’m so happy to get back to real life (and out of the past). Nathan and Mazie were SO happy to see me when I got home! That felt really great.

In Glampyre news, I’m working on a new “shell” for the website.

Glampyre.com started out 10 years ago as just a blog and then as I started to design patterns for sale, I added an auxiliary site to hold those. The whole thing is now kind of a mish-mash and it’s time to make into a more unified presence.

So, that’s in the works. WAHOO!

Toddler-Wearing?

When Mazie was little, I wore her first in a sling, then a “snuggli” then back to the sling, then to several kinds of wraps. I really liked carrying her that way, and for the first four months of her life, it was the only way I could get her to go to sleep.

Maziewearing

Now, she’s a big girl. She walks, runs, and loves her independence. Until I’m trying to do something in the kitchen. Then it’s “up, Up! UP, MOM!!!” (she calls me “mom” now. She’s 18 months old, and going on 18 years!) So…I need a way to carry her around and still bake bread, do dishes, etc. I’ve been just letting her sit on the counter, but I’m nervous. I was thinking, too, about getting some sort of stool or something that she could stand on and help me stir, knead, wash, etc. BUT…then she’s still several feet off the floor and not really stable.

I’m thinking about making one of these It’s a generic pattern for one of these….but I am really intimidated for some reason. I’m not exactly sure what my hangup is…

Carrying Mazie in something *I* made doesn’t make me nervous. I make our food because I like what I put in better than takeout or store-bought…so why won’t the same be true for this? I can double-reinforce everything, make sure I use proper weight fabric, and make sure it’s comfy and cozy!

OK. You convinced me. I’m going to try it! I’m SURE I have some fabric that will work.

ETA: Found these two: One is an upholstery fabric and the other is a lightweight corduroy. Either would work great!
BBO fabrics

Mazie is in an owl phase, so maybe I’ll do that one first. I’ve also got a little owl quilt in progress, it’ll hang over her bed.
owl mini-quilt in progress
Sorry for the fuzzy picture, the FO pic will be better! :) Those little multi-colored eggs are going to look like owls when they get their eyes.

In other domestic news, I found a simple recipe from this book online, and whipped it up on Sunday. It was so easy, and the bread is incredible!

A few business-y announcements:

1) I recently received a message from one yarn store who was interested in purchasing wholesale patterns direct from me, rather than through Stitch Co-op. This is definitely ok. Just send me an email and I’ll fill your order right away / stefanie(dot)japel(at)gmail(dot)com. For a while, I was so busy that I thought it would be a great idea to have S.C. handle all of that, but thanks to my quest to simplify my life, I’m able to print and ship myself if that is your preference.

2) I’m starting to fill in my fall / winter teaching calendar. I’m interested in traveling to teach about one weekend a month, so if you’re a shop owner or event organizer, and interested in scheduling a workshop, feel free to contact me at the above email address. If you are a yarn shop customer and interested in me teaching at the shop that you frequent, please feel free to pass my info on to the shop owner.

Thanks!

Here’s a little mini sneak peek at what will eventually be a new pattern:

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Worsted. This is such supersoft yarn! I really love working with it!
Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted

Here’s the little raglan on my lap. I worked on this during our loooong road trip last weekend.
road trip knitting

My favorite cables in the world. Honeycomb.
I could get lost in these cables.

I’m making a girls’ version and a gender-neutral version that either little girls or little boys will wear… Stay Tuned! :)