O Happy Day.

Published on Friday November 4th, 2005

Yes, my friends, here you see the maiden voyage of HMS Swift, winding her very first 500-yard skein of Brooks Farm Duet. As this operation went swimmingly, she proceeded to wind the rest of the Rhinebeck haul and then all of Lisa’s Rhinebeck yarn. Swifting is so pleasurable that I would have gladly wound about eight times as much yarn for Lisa free of charge, but she traded me the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted she had left over from her Clapotis. I’d been eyeing it for the class I’m taking tonight – my very first knitting class, and it’s with Annie Modesitt! I’m going to learn combination knitting and how to create circular fabric. The project is the circular cardigan on the cover of the Fall issue of Vogue, which I quickly dismissed as Not My Bag. But then I got to thinking that the construction was really pretty neat and easily applicable to other garments, so I started imagining a toddler-size version in entirely different colors with a simple picot edge instead of all that boucle. So I’m going to see what I can do with Lisa’s sea green yarn and a couple of beautiful skeins in the colorway Seaside. Wish me luck!

Few posts would be complete without a gratuitous sock picture, so here’s the second Bearfoot feather-and-fan sock romping at The Cloisters in the beautiful weather we had last weekend:

10 Comments to “O Happy Day.”

  1. Lisa Comment Says:

    Many thanks for the fine winding!! I can’t wait to get my own swift and winder!

  2. Lolly Comment Says:

    I love the feather and fan sock–great colors! 🙂

  3. Katie Comment Says:

    Nothing says autumn like a romping sock!
    I have swift envy…

  4. Karma Comment Says:

    I just got a swift myself and was planning on winding up a whole mess of yarn this weekend! Fun fun fun.

  5. gleek Comment Says:

    ah, i’m glad you’re taking the class! i decided that i really needed to save the cash for japan so i opted out 🙁 i’m sure you’ll have fun though. maybe you can pass on a few tips! see you later!

  6. Veronique Comment Says:

    You’re taking the class! My very first class was with Annie too, at Yarnivore. It was a knitting with wire class. All I can say is: be prepared to laugh your ass off. Annie is hilarious. But then, I’ll be at The Point, trying to listen to all her jokes… See you tonight.

  7. Sarah Comment Says:

    Oooh, I’ve been lusting after swifts for some time now. What kind did you get?

  8. jacey Comment Says:

    what a pretty swift. heh. mine’s so old and creepy, I’ve had to string the tops back together too many times. Someday I’ll get a new one. Pretty knitting, too!

  9. carrie m Comment Says:

    so. jealous. of your swift!

  10. Ingrid Comment Says:

    I loooove the cloisters. One of my favourite NY places. Last weekend was wonderful weather was it not! Purrrfect for outdoor visits. Sorry I missed you and your yarns shops, but who knows next year….