I have been searching for just the right lace yarn for a shawl that is perking in my brain. I need it to be reminiscent of the sea without being too bright, too blue, or too variegated (I would like a little variegation or tweediness). I spotted some gorgeous yarn on-line from Alchemy Yarns. A link to a local retail outlet took me to Studio Knit in Mill Valley, California ("talkin' about Mill Valley, California").
Studio Knit is a cute little two-story shop with a very nice selection of yarns. They carry some stunning and expensive yarns (to be expected in an affluent city like Mill Valley). They also carry some equally stunning and very affordable yarns. Each one is tucked into a labeled cubby in beautiful shelving and has a swatch of the yarn for your fondling pleasure. The upstairs area also features a very comfy sitting area, perfect for Stitchin' N Bitchin'. Well, maybe not in those words; it is a first class operation with high class clientele. The service is friendly; I couldn't leave without getting my Alpaca wound into center-pull balls and she was happy to special order a yarn for me (more alpaca, I am sensing a trend). If you are in the area, this store is well worth a look-see.
I did not find my shawl yarn, but I did find a few things to jump in my basket. As a result I have tossed aside all my WIPs and started a new one. I hate to think what number that brings the current count up to (not including the ones that are so old I have completely forgotten about them).
I have started on my first Red Scarf. Think conceptually here because it is not red. I am using Rowan Tapestry in the Rustic colorway. The yarn is a single ply DK weight, 70% wool and 30% soy protein fibre (soy silk?). I like the yarn. The colors are beautiful (soft forest green, dark tan, & pinkish-orangish brown) and the color changes are the perfect length for a scarf. The only downside is that the ply tends to split; I need to pay a little more attention than a simple pattern should require. Oh, and the soy makes it a bit slippery on my metal needles. Speaking of patterns, I will write this one up and post it when I finish the scarf.
I also got a couple of Alpaca yarns to make scarves from. On the left is 600 yards of superfine Alpaca (dreamy soft, I can't stop touching it) called Peruvian Tweed from Joseph Geller Inc. On the right are two skeins of Classic Elite Inca Print; also soft and quite pretty. Observant readers may note that this is actually a red yarn.
I have been reading up on the Red Scarf Project and the more I read, the more I like it. Check out the Orphan Foundation of America to learn more and see other ways to help. If you are in the Chicago area, hook up with The Keyboard Biologist for local Red Scarf fun. She has a great blog. Her post about this project on September 14th is very moving.
In Stash Enhancement news, here is the mustard mohair. It is a delicious color (no pun intended, I don't like the taste of mustard). It is Kid Mohair Princesse by Laines des Trois Frontieres (my apologies for not getting the accent over the first e in Frontieres). I have 9 balls, each with 90 meters, so that is about 885 yards. It will probably knit at 4 sts/in or so. Sounds like it may become a shawl. I am open to suggestions.