I am remiss for not posting this sooner - Yahaira sent me a gorgeous scarf early this month.
It's Cashmerino, in a delicious apple-y green. It's funny - I've been knitting for going on twenty years now, but I've never before received anything handknit. I am so in love with this thing, what with the baby-softness and the maxi length and the color and the fact that it was knitted! Just! For! Me! I've been wearing it every day - since I basically wear nothing but black and white and shades between, it's a great little bit of pop against my face.
But then, this unbelievable package came. I mean, just LOOK:
She's sent me some HPY laceweight in Polar, along with some jaw-droppingly gorgeous bamboo yarn hand-dyed in pinks and purples and cerises and crimsons. I'm boggled by its delicacy - just for yuks, I've unreeled a few inches of it next to a strand of green cobweb weight (my usual lace yarn) and a strand of pink fingering weight. Humbling, huh? I have to think long and hard about the perfect project for this - lace, of course, but something exceptionally fine and dainty, I think, with the bold colors being a saucy little wink and saving the whole effect from being too twee. Thank you so much, Yahaira!
I've been doing very little actual knitting lately - I think I'm kind of burned out from the Christmas crunch. I have, however, been working on a little hat:
In doing some seat-of-the-pants Googling to research the design, I came across a lot of interesting information (most of it apocryphal, I'm sure) about the cloche, a lot of it very Womens Studies 101 kind of stuff about burgeoning political enfranchisement and the symbolic shearing of feminizing characteristics. I'm shallow, so I'm more interested in the shifting details of a style that was popular for nearly thirty years - I think I'm going for an early twenties look, before the cloche became a truly severe skull-cap and was still a proper hat with a low, brow-skimming brim that guiltily recalled the modesty enforced by the previous century's bonnets. I know very little about millinery - I know true felt hats are draped and steamed to shape - but I believe crowns were occasionally made in pieces and decoratively seamed, particularly when it came to furs and skins. My little topper will have two columns of cascading, traveling purl lines to simulate construction seams in the (felted, brushed and clipped mohair) "fur" of the finished hat, a very deep crown, and a fairly wide, shaped brim. And flowers - oh yes, there will be flowers.