Day Five: Something Different

Hello and welcome to Day Five!  My name is Neal and I’ll be your tour guide today.

Hi, I'm Neal! *waves*

Now, I’ve been in Holly’s stash for a long time now, oh, about ten years I think and I’m not quite sure why she hasn’t found a job for me yet, but I’m going to assume that its because she’s saving me for something really special 😀

What are we touring today?  That’s a good question.  Today I’m going to show you around my town and introduce you to some of my neighbors.  Now, our neighborhoods are, in fact, separated by color, but we are not a segregated community.  Actually, we all get along great and have BBQs together complete with kickball games and snowcones.

Rerple Town

Ahh, we are at our first neighborhood, Rerple Town.  This is a great group of families, some, like the Argylle-Rainbow’s (on the left), have larger families than others while other families have some of their cousins living nearby too, like the Adrienne Vittadini’s over there on the right.  These families usually work together to make enough berry pies for the entire town and they are so good you’ll gladly give yourself a stomach ache to keep eating them.

the Forest

Here we have the Forest.  This group typically provides the salads and green-jello-stuff for the potlucks.  Some of my best friends live here and there is another extension of the Adrienne Vittadini family here as well.

the Swimming Pool

Moving right along, this part of the community is known as the Swimming Pool and, naturally, the families that live here usually bring the slip n’ slides.  Mrs. Creek there in the center of the bottom makes some of the best blueberry muffins and scones on the planet!

the Woodshed

Now, if you all walk right this way I’ll introduce you to the families of the Woodshed.  This is a large part of our population and rightfully so, who wouldn’t want more of their veggie burgers and chocolate chip cookies?  The balls and skeins who live here are usually part of smaller families or they’re single and mingling.

Over here we have the…..what’s that?  It’s time for you to catch your train?

Ok, well I hope I’ve been a good guide for you and I hope to see you come back this way!

Day One: A Tale of Two Yarns

Day One of KniCroBloWeek!  And yes, I do plan on writing out the numbers instead of typing in the digits because I think its pretty.

Today’s prompt is about picking two yarns worth talking about and I’m going to take the advice of Eskimimi and write about one that I love and one that I, well, don’t.

First: The Bad News

Chenille.  I hate chenille.  The only thing I like about chenille is how the word sounds when I say it.

The bane of my knitterly existence

Why do I loathe it so? Do you see all those little pieces of fiber twined together with plied thread?  That #$&% stuff gets all over everything, falls apart so easily and little fringies are then found everywhere.  Its worse than my dog’s hair, I swear.

fringie ninjas!!

Why do I have chenille if I hate it so much?  I was young once, a new knitter probably about ten years old and thought it was soft.  Soft. Yea, you read that right.  As a new knitter, the main things you focus on are color and softness. And so, this lowly little ball of chenille has been hopping about my stash for more than ten years and has yet to be used to completion because after I started using it, not even its softness could redeem the irritation that came with it.

Now, onto The Good News:

I spent quite some time trying to decide on my favorite yarn, and you know what?  It’s impossible to pick.  I don’t have a single favorite, they each have their time and place.

Yes there are some yarns I use more that others, and for certain rojects I wouldn’t dream of using this instead of that, but a single favorite?

Not happening.

So, a yarn I’ve been coveting?  Yes, I believe I can show you one of those.

Filatura Di Crossa Golden Line Superior

This yarn I got as a belated Christmas present and have yet to dig into. Because the yarn is so spectactularly soft and dainty, with the right color and halo, I want the project to be utterly perfect.

As awesome as some silk/cashmere panties would feel, I’m not sure that’s the route I should go with these…