Tuesday, February 5, 2013
An Afternoon at the Yarn Shop
Today there was a sick husband at my house. He was sick enough to stay home, but not sick enough to stop working. So, if I stuck around, I knew I was in for an afternoon of watching him tap away on his laptop while talking on the phone to coworkers about whatever numbers they wanted to discuss. It's not that I don't find accountant-type stuff fascinating, but I prefer the background noise of a knitting podcast or a good conversation, so I headed over to my LYS and worked on my current swatch for a couple hours while enjoying the company of one of the shop owners and the steady stream of customers who visited her this afternoon. (Really, I was pleasantly surprised - I didn't think a Tuesday afternoon would be a hopping time at the yarn shop, but as it turns out, it was!)
Anyway, I'm swatching with Malabrigo sock yarn for a new idea for a summer top. Sadly these photos don't do the "Solis" color way justice, it's much richer than it appears here.
This top is going to be partly stockinette and partly textured. I played around with a couple stitch patterns I like - this first one kind of has an organic, vine-y thing going on....
And this one kind of looks like fish scales. (Don't look too closely...it's a little messed up...took me a while to get the hang of it!)
I'll keep you in suspense about which one I decided I liked better for this pattern. They both look nice, but I have a definite favorite, and when I asked the yarn shop owner and my husband which one they liked better (without letting them know what I thought), they both agreed with me. So, hopefully, if you're in the mood to make a new top this summer, you'll agree with us, too!