Yarny Goodness!

Another super exciting fun knitblog

  • November Knit Goals

    I'm prone to being a scatterbrain, so I try to make a short list of things to accomplish each month (lest I have 27 different non matching socks).

    Same as last month: Sleep more. Study more. Knit more. Sleep more.

  • Sweater-a-Month 2008

    Cabled Hoodie: Cascade 220 - Needs seams

    Urban Aran

    Mariah: Ella Rae Classic

    Tricot

    Tubesque: Noro Garden + ???

    CeCe: Silky Wool

    Lucy in the Sky

    Rogue: Handspun - Needs seams

    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bog Jacket

    Ribbi Cardi: Cotton Ease (Blue/White)

    Ruffled Surplice (spring 07 Interweave): Yard TBD

    Red Carpet Convertible

    Silk Corset Top: Alchemy Synchronicity

    Eyelet Rib Cardi (inspired by Spring 07 Interweave)

    Bella Paquita: Shelridge? Karabella? Sublime?

    A top down set in sleeve sweater (a la Barbara Walker)

    Giselle

    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

Green thumb purple yarn

Posted by Amber on January 22, 2007

First, and the most important thing to happen in years:

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The first time since 2003 one of my violets has bloomed again! When I was in college I collected African Violets. There was a cute little plant shop in dupont circle, called “The Third Day.” And they had two, sometimes three shelves of nice, full bodied, healthy African Violets. And occassionally, on the back table, they’d have some really scraggly ones, with only three leaves, shoved in tiny square pots, for $1 ($1.50 if it had four leaves). And I’d take them home, repot them, and they’d flourish. In the height of my collection, I had about 15. Constantly in bloom and always nice to look at. Then I changed dorms, had a different desk without a good flourescent study light (and, with three people in the same amount of space that previously had 2 people, much less surface space). So I sent them to my mom’s house. Where they all promptly died.

This little guy I picked up at the Bentalou Elementary School Kindergarden Fundraising Plant Sale (coinciding with mother’s day). I got two, for $2 each (in bloom!), and the blooms faded and I was left with a little bush of spindly greenery. But look! It bloomed again! Yay for the violet! Yay for me! (I have two sets of windows. They face east and north. Not exactly condusive to plants.) I need to try and find a better flourescent lamp like my old college desk light. I like violets. I would like a little collection again.

In other things I collect:

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On Thursday I ordered Artyarns Silk Mohair glitter from Webs – and it was waiting for me when I got home! With shipping like that I’m definitely looking there for my online yarns! This, along with Regal Silk on the left, is going to be Tamarah from an Fall 06 Knitty … which I was in love with as soon as I saw it. I rushed to Stitch DC and got the regal silk, but they didn’t have the silk mohair. I got rowan kidsilk haze in a complementary color. I ordered the superpointy knitpicks needles to make my first go with lace weight yarn a little easier. In the end, the knitpicks needles were too slick, and I just wasn’t loving the regal silk/kidsilk haze combo – the kidsilk just wasn’t exactly the right color. But now I have the silk mohair in exactly the right shade — plus glitter! How can you go wrong with glitter? Next up, I need to find some slightly grippy but pointy needles, and I’ll have a new scarfywrapy thing in no time!

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4 Responses to “Green thumb purple yarn”

  1. judy said

    African violet! I wish mine would bloom. And I LOVE that yarn! so pretty!

  2. bethc said

    Beautiful… both the yarn and the flower!

  3. knitfriendly said

    I love african violets but they are very hard to keep in bloom. I am IN LOVE with your yarn. So glitery and shiny!

  4. Zarah said

    Ooohhh…. shiny! Pretty violets, too!

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