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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Start the Week Off With a Bang!

(and since this week's Ten on Tuesday is to list your 10 Favorite CURRENT Athletes - I'm not into that in any way shape or form and would be hard-pressed to come up with 10 of any day, let alone current ones - I'm skipping this week!)

I got word last week that I was one of the winners in Becky's Blogiversary Contest! I was delighted - I had a choice in prizes, and I chose this:

No surprise I would go for the STR, right? It's Goody-Goody colorway, a lovely pastel confection that is very candy-like. Thank you ever so much, Becky, I will knit something fun with this luscious colorway!

Then my Knitpicks order arrived. Due to some "technical difficulties" (mine) I ordered the wrong color for my sweater (yes) and it's being sent back for exchange. But I also ordered these:

I've been agonizing over the City Tweeds since they came out last April, and I'm very glad I had the sense to order the color cards for both weights. I also picked three skeins of DK City Tweed in Orca. Well, my monitor at work is pretty true to the colors out there, but I was pretty disappointed when this came. It shows silver gray on my monitor, but is a very strong dark gun-metal gray (or as someone in my office said, "yes, tarnished silver"). I'm keeping it, because it's fine, but it's a good thing I got the color cards and I'd advise you to do the same. The colors are very nice. But my monitor surely shows them differently than the cards do.

My plan is the Textured Shawl Recipe (Ravelry link) which doesn't use very much of the yarn, and this color will be fine...just not what I thought I was going to get...

I picked up some extra Harmony needles, and then a set of the Zephyr acrylic tips, too. I haven't tried them yet, but folks have mentioned on Ravelry that they're wonderful for knitting lace with dark yarns. You know I have to try that, right?


Anonymous Carrie K said...

Ha! I got the mugs. :)

That's exactly the reason it's hard to shop for yarn on the net. Can't feel, can't see the color. Heck, I've had the color wrong in shop lighting.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

What a fabulous prize! I love that shawl pattern, too. I'm sorry about the color of the yarn, though -- that's disappointing.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

That STR yarn does look yummy. And since I love any gray, the Orca looks fine to me, too. Let us know how you like those acrylic tips - they look interesting.

10:10 PM  
Blogger VPI Dyes said...

I got my very first KP Options set in acrylic and I have really enjoyed them. I also got some fo the nickel tips because I'm a big fan of metal, but the acrylic works very nicely on dark yarns and I really love them for cables since they flex a bit. Plus, you can hold them up in the sunlight and make a cool little disco ball prism thingy (how cool is THAT?!)


- Sandy Lester

3:32 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Fun stuff in the mail. ;) Glad the STR arrived safely.

3:02 AM  

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