A while back I won a contest that Kirsten was holding at her place because I suggested a pattern for some of her gorgeous handspun. Kirsten is really generous. She didn't just send a prize, she sent a package of gift happiness (including something for Little Sir, he loves his Woolbur, thank you, Kirsten). One of the things is the package o'delights was a skein of Noro Sock Yarn. Noro sock yarn, it's pretty, and I was curious to know how it knit up. I messed around with the yarn for a few days and came to the conclusion that I didn't want to knit it up into socks. This sock yarn is not what anyone would describe as "soft". But it is what a lot of people, myself included, would call "beautifully dyed". And then my new rigid heddle loom arrived and I wondered how it would weave up as opposed to knit up.
Not to sound big-headed, but I think this was a stroke of genius. I used the Noro for both the warp (the vertical bits) and the weft (the horizontal bits, don't you love my technical explainations?) and just let the yarn do what it wanted to do. The weave is pretty balanced, but I got the look I was hoping for, so I am not concerned with picks or what have you. I think this scarf is fabulous.
I like how the vertical stripes of color are dominant over the horizontal bands of color. Also, I just love my new scarf (details here).
Thank you for the yarn, Kirsten! It's probably not what you had in mind as a finished product when you sent it...but you know, I like to thrill when I can.
And while Elise did not send this to me specifically, I think that original recipes from foodies are gifts too. They may not be gifts that one always likes; but, they are gifts all the same.
I used this strawberry and rhubarb pie recipe to make a pie yesterday. I found the pie overly sweet and didn't care for it; but, it was snorgled quickly by a bunch of librarian-types that I work with who all tend to be pretty picky about their food. It passed muster, all agreed it was a good pie. So if rhubarb is your thing, here's a recipe for you, from me (really from Elise) to you.