Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Wonderful Bird is a Pelicun

A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak,
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

"The Pelican" (1910) by Dixon Lanire Merrith

This little ditty came to mind as I was contemplating my recent purchase of some fabulous Rowan plaid yarn. Point in fact, I was feeling a little like my bill was holding more than my belican. What I’m referring to, as you have no doubt guessed, is my yarn stash. It’s not a large stash ~ not by some comparisons (I’ve seen some that are truly staggering). But it is a stash that is certainly ample for my needs.

But then, there were extenuating circumstances. I already had the book, Rowan Plaid Collection. I have loved the design Raindrop by Kim Hargreaves for some time. And the yarn was practically being given away as it’s being discontinued. All in all, I couldn’t reasonably refuse. Plus, when I knit this sweater, I’m going to wear it and look just like her. *Sigh*

BTW, the above picture of a Pelican was the best I could do on a whim. I perched on a rock and patiently waited for one of the abundant local pelicans to present themselves. However, once I resolved upon taking a picture of a pelican there was simply not one to be seen. I feel fortunate to have snapped this shot, even though I would have preferred it to have been closer. The problem was that when I finally spotted one I almost dropped my camera in my excitement and thus nearly didn’t have a photo of a pelican at all!
In case your stash could use some enhancing, I bought my yarn here (Cucumberpatch UK). I'm using the color Sea Thistle (it's a nice combination of purple, red, and light green) and the sweater takes 7 skeins. It will be a warm sweater as the yarn is a combination of wool, acrylic, and superfine alpaca, and I would call it a super bulky yarn (you use US 11 needles). There are some real fans of this yarn which convinced me to give it a try (before it disappears).

Update!!!  Well, to my great disappointment I do NOT look as good as her.  But I did finish my sweater and it is very cozy to wear ~


jillian said...

Mnnnnn, Cucumberpatch. Love that place. And that is a gorgeous cardigan, I am positive you will do it up beautifully!

Bridget said...

What a great shot of the pelican - I think it's perfect!

That should be one pretty sweater, with the yarn you bought.

(BTW - that's *not* you in the picture???)


Monika said...

It's a great Pelican picture! I've only encountered one in real life so far. It was white and huge! Scared the hell out of me.
Your next project looks lovely, and cozy. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Okay, you've sold me!! I'll knit one too if I can look like her.