Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hot Silk

I moved to California from Minnesota in 1996. Even though, I have lived in California for the majority of the time from 1996 until present - albeit a 2 year stint in India, and a half year in total spent in DC - I still introduce myself as a Minnesotan.

That being said, this past week has changed everything. In the Bay Area, when the weather report announces that it will be 100 degrees, I refuse to believe that it. No matter how hot it has been, my studio has always been something of an icebox. (We will get to studio related knitting projects in a moment.) This week, the weather report was accurate. This week, we had three days of more or less 100 degree weather. I was miserable. Gone is my hardy Minnesotan "weather is fun, it provides drama" attitude. I am here to announce that anything less than 60 is freezing and anything above 75 is sweltering. I hereby announce - I am Californian (northern).

The best thing this week has been spinning on my new Bosworth cedar midi spindle. We are in love. This is the best $50 I have spent in a very long time.

I have been spinning for the lace ribbon scarf by Veronik Avery.

Materials:
A Verb for Keeping Warm merino in Supernova
A Verb for Keeping Warm Tussah Silk in Headlands

Yarn:
2-ply, spun over the fold, fingering weight

I really like the bottom, right hand corner of this photo because it demonstrates the way the silk changes from a peachy-pink to a grey-blue.

12 comments:

the Lady said...

Very pretty.

Ha, Welcome to California.

Jessica said...

That is some gorgeous spinning! It was indeed way too hot last week.

michelle said...

beautiful beautiful beautiful--i can't wait to see your scarf...cooler now..happier...

Marlowe said...

Love the yarn. Glad you decided to become one of us Californians.

Maia said...

Love the yarn! It will be a beautiful scarf.

I so want to see your Bosworth!

Mary-Heather said...

Haha!! You are assimilated.

This is what really made me laugh:

"I hereby announce - I am Californian (northern)."

Northern = excellent. I think I will always be "northern" even though I have lived in LA for longer than I lived in the Bay Area. I figure with my family still there, and the Bay being my youthful stomping grounds and all, I can claim it forever.

Your work is beautiful, as always! :)

Adrienne said...

honey - you are funny - I must say this is my favorite project you have done yet - it is just so damn pretty - I love being able to see it everyday - just gorgeous; how the iridescence of the silk lights up the skein - amazing how fiber can do that - oh, you helped it out too with the color composition! ++AWESOME++

BTW -I'm still Californian (Southern) Ha!

heart!

Cassiemarie said...

Beautiful Yarn!
I love it!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Well, I am also a native Minnesotan and while I have gone soft in the weather department I still have a mega Minnesota accent--you betcha!!

WonderMike said...

That yarn is spectacular. I hope I get to see it in person!

Can we have a MASS Californian Conversion Ceremony?!! I'm ready.

Fibergirl said...

What? Did I read this accurately? You have declared that you are now a "Californian (northern)!" There is something about being raised in Minnesota that will always run through your veins. Your heart might belong to California and the weather but when you come home, it is to Minnesota and your Mama.

Your yarn and colorways are magnificient and I am extremely proud of you. Love, Mama

Fibergirl said...

What? Did I read this accurately? You have declared that you are now a "Californian (northern)!" There is something about being raised in Minnesota that will always run through your veins. Your heart might belong to California and the weather but when you come home, it is to Minnesota and your Mama.

Your yarn and colorways are magnificient and I am extremely proud of you. Love, Mama