Geez, I’m starting to sounds like a cell-signalling textbook with all the abbreviations!
Ladies and gentlemen, I spy with my little eye two sleeves which are blocking:
And when sleeves are blocking, the end is so near, I can smell it… and it smells like wet wool! I trip to Windsor Button was in order, where I picked up some genuine vintage buttons (VBs)!
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted as far as VPC buttons: domed, with a shank (looks like a mushroom, can’t see the thread on the public side), slightly translucent, with a pearly glow, any color between white, cream, and very light pink. The owner suggested these authentic mother-of-pearl vintage buttons – the store bought them from some lady who had kept them in her attic for at least 20 years! Aren’t they gorgeous?!? I only compromised on the domed aspect, but I got a piece of art in the process. Each one is slightly different, and I bought two extra because these will be impossible to replicate. Although the exact buttons, but slightly bigger were also available and fit through the buttonholes, I decided to buy the tiny baby ones. I don’t want to distract too much from the cabled buttonband. I may have to tighten my buttonholes with sewing thread, but when I’ve put so many hours into making a sweater, the extra effort is totally worthwhile if it helps me achieve my overall “vision.” Here’s what it will look like:
And when one sweater is being completed, another one must be started. I am going to swatch for my long-awaited Adrienne Vittadini sweater tonight. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Fibo, I’m just being very picky about the yarn I’m going to use. Here are two candidates I picked up tonight:
The deep teal is a gorgeous color, and the yarn is called Lang Jawoll superwash. It’s a sock yarn, how do you like that? I’ve noticed it at the LYS before: it’s soft, and the colors are saturated and not too bright at the same time. The colors on this website seem to match what I have in front of my eyes the best (monitors vary, thought). Of course I also like color 0084 (burgundy), but I need someone (yes, you) to slap my wrist before I get weak in the knees and buy more bungundy yarn. Good thing that particular color wasn’t at the LYS!
The ball on the right is Jaeger Matchmaker 4 ply. I love this color (633, strawberry). It is not burgundy, it is not red, it is not pink, it is the exact subdued and mature and dark rose I envisioned as a possibility for this sweater. This website has the colors in decent agreement with what I have here. Jaeger colors are SO me, by the way. I also liked color 744, cloud, which is a very pale blue, but I think a dark color will be better for this sweater.
I also received my order from Spin Blessing.
I got “fake” Addis! Although I like the slippery-ness and the cord flexibility of Addi Turbos, I hate their blunt tips. Hate them! It’s like knitting with dowels, as far as I’m concerned. There are many nickel-plated circular needle alternatives out there, and INOX Express have a great flexible cord as an additional advantage. Oh, did I mention they are about a third of the price of Addis? I also got some stitch markers, a set of metal dpns (because knitting socks with slippery needles is the only way to really live!), and two different “knitting thimbles” for learning how to strand with two colors. I tried out the metal spring one, and first, the damned thing goes all the way up my finger and I need to wear three band-aids to keep it at the tip. Second, it will take a lot of practice to use it comfortably. I haven’t even tried two colors yet, these are my observations while using just one yarn!
However, you’d think I was a stranded-knitting genius considering all this stuff I picked up at the LYS:
Woolcott & Co., one of my LYSs, is having a great sale on old (anywhere from 1980s to a few years ago) patternbooks – huge bins of them, all $1 each! They have Jaeger, Colinette, Berroco, Katia, Manos, Knitting Pure & Simple, Ann Norling booklets and individual patterns. Wow! I looked through tons of stuff, but the only pattern books which appealed to me were Dale. And many of them use stranded knitting. Apparently I don’t care :). (Nor do I care that I picked up three baby knits books while I don’t have a lot of babies to knit for). Yay for cheap pattern books!