Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Eni Mini Minie Moe

Is it ever hot in Topanga, California! You may not know this, but I'm convinced that all of Southern California is actually a desert. They have managed to disguise this fact by copious use of irrigation and propaganda shots of the seemingly lush foliage and ocean views. But I'm no longer fooled. I just have to walk outside and I know I'm living in the desert.

Luckily I have air conditioning and therefore my knitting continues unimpeded right through the peak of the summer heat! My current project is Haven, a Kim Hargreaves design from her Heartfelt - The Dark House Collection. But I've changed it's name to "My Totally Opulent Scarf" because the yarn is so very rich and scrummy.

As I was savoring the pleasure of knitting with my Crystal Palace needles, I thought about how using the right needles makes such a difference to the knitting experience.

I'm not even going to attempt to describe all the various needle choices out there. I'll just say there are a great many choices, and I've tried most of them. What it boils down to for me is what causes the least friction (i.e. wear and tear on my hands) when I knit. My favorite needles are as follows:

Socks: Lantern Moon, rosewood needles;
Heavy Wool Garments: Crystal Palace, Bamboo; and
Lace: Susan Bates, Silverado (I believe this is the style I use - I no longer have the package)

Every project has it's unique issues, though, and it's nice to have an assortment of needles so that you can pick and chose what characteristics of needle are best suited to your project.

Here's a picture of Haven from the Heartfelt Book. I'm modifying it to create more a traditional scarf. You will have a chance to see it both ways, though, because my neighbor and I are having our own mini Knit Along (aka: "KAL") and she is making the scarf exactly as designed. I think we will have to have a little tea party to celebrate when we finish!

Mr Puffy has offered to model it for me if it's too hot for me. Bless his little furry heart.


Theresa said...

Claudia,this is gorgeous! The tea party sounds lovely...as for the weather-increasing heat and humidity here!

Denise said...

Goodness, that looks like a scarf and a half!! I think your modified version will be lovely. How nice that you have a neighbor that knits too. This will be interesting to see both scarfs - can I come to your tea party;-)

Channon said...

I hope your neighbor ventures to points quite cold so she'll be able to enjoy that rather massive scarf. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing your dear model sporting your version. A tea party too?! Sounds lovely.

And yes... the right needle for the job matters. The more I knit the pickier I get about finding just the right needles for each project!

Kelly said...

ohhhhh I have yet to knit with lantern moon's or crystal palace, but some day, some day I will. Your scarf is going to be yummaaaaayyyy!! But does it ever really get cold enough in cali to wear it???

jillian said...

Oh my, that is going to be gorgeous!

amanda said...

That is a beautiful scarf pattern - and very versatile, too. lovely!

How nice of Mr Puffy to offer to model it :)

Monika said...

You are so right about the knitting needles. I'm glad I too have many different ones to choose from.
It's hot here too, today, but this summer hasn't been too bad so far. Still August to go, and half of July, but that's O.K.
Your scarf looks really nice already. IT's nice to have someone to knit along with. :o)

Marie said...

I don't think you can live in California without AC, can you? It's hot here too, but only 90. Still, I stay indoors during the heat of the day.

The yarn and pattern look exquisite together. How lucky for you to have a neighbor who knits!

Hilary said...

Oooh...it's going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see how yours and your knitting-neighbor's turn out.

I agree with you about the right needles making a difference. Or I should say, I'm just starting to realize how that's true. When I first started knitting, I would take anything -- plastic, bamboo, whatever. Now I'm much more discriminating!

Anonymous said...

That scarf is gorgeous. I hope you post pictures of both yours and your neighbors!

Firefly Nights said...

Don't want to rub it in because we often have high heat here, also, but the week we were in Michigan it was 65-75 with a breeze blowing almost every day. A little rain, but no big storms. Not too bad here now, but it will get hotter. Virginia tends to do that in the summer, and now the spring and fall also.

Your scarf is pretty but it looks so WARM for the weather you describe. I think AC is one of the world's greatest inventions.

Ever tried the Stiletto needles from Signature Needle Arts? http://www.signatureneedlearts.com/

amanda said...

It does look beautifully rich in the creamy colour! Is the cocoon really soft then?

Willow said...

Yes, it is important to choose the needles to match the yarn. Not color (although that would be fun, too) but texture.

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Alison Boon said...

It looks so snuggly, good job yo have the AC going or you would be struggling with it. The right needles for a project certainly help. Have you seen the needles that light up for when you are using dark yarns?

tiennie said...

It's beautiful! I love lantern moon needles too!

knitting dragonfly said...

Bless Mr. Puffy's heart, this is going to be very nice, I really like the ivory color with the pattern!