Sunday, January 13, 2008

Christmas, socks, pretty lettuce.

Christmas present. Ashford swift and Royal winder, from Bilby yarns. Given to me because I told Badly Coloured Boy I wasn't knitting his jumper until he bought me a swift and winder, or wound the skeins himself. He's seen me swearing over skein-winding. I hate it. Least favourite knitting-related chore ever. But now it's fun! It's all, like, neeeeeeow! Whoosh! Look at the awesome yarn-cake! I wanted to take an action shot, but, um, I was enjoying winding the skeins too much to pause.
I'm also a weeny bit partial to the swift, because Ashford made the rocking-horse I had when I was a kid. There ya go. Incidentally, I haven't named the swift yet. Any ideas? Or an opinion that naming a swift may in fact be the stupidest thing you ever heard of? The rocking-horse was called Ashley, for what it's worth.

Start of a Charade sock, with Verb for Keeping Warm's logwood dyed sock yarn. More subdued than I normally go for, but pretty, I think. I finished the Red Vinnlands I was chugging away on. Have to admit, I don't especially love them. They'll be the subject of another blog post.

And just because I can, here's what a sink full of radicchio leaves looks like. Must try growing my own radicchio sometime.


Alison said...

Sigh. I just bought some Lorna's Laces and I dread winding the circa 1000 yards without a swift. Envy.

Elin said...

What a great boyfriend. I love my swift and winder.

Michelle said...


i named my machine Nigel at work after Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) because it goes to 11.
I have to explain to way too many people why. Am I that old and out of it that the younguns don't watch Spinal Tap anymore?

Does your swift go to 11?

KnitXcorE said...

how fancy!
i've been lurking a verb for keeping warm's yarns for awhile. i realyy should just suck it up and buy some.