We awoke to the prettiest fairy-tale snowfall today — it was just like confectioner’s sugar being sifted onto the landscape.  But it’s melting now, so driving around tomorrow should be just fine.

I’ve been doing some dyeing, getting ready for a trunk show at a friend’s house that will benefit the Fabric of Life Foundation. There will also be someone selling fancy purses, and goods made by African women who have been trained by Fabric of Life. If you live in the Seattle area and want to stop by, drop me a note and I’ll get you the details. It’s Saturday Dec. 15 from 1-4, and I’ll be donating 25% of my sales to the foundation.

I finished this Perdita the Bluebell pattern. I loved the design from the first moment I saw it, but had really been dreading the knitting of it, because knitting with pearl cotton just seemed more like punishment than fun. Surprise! It is kinda fun, and it looks lovely when it’s done. And the beads are just great — I can see I’ll not only be knitting more Perditas, but putting beads on other things as well.
What shall I wear in Paris?

Here’s a close-up of the buttons — I just happened to have these in my stash, and think they are perfect.
Buttons — or EYES?

I’ve also been on the thrall of Cat Bordhi’s latest book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and am about halfway done with an abbreviated version of the first tutorial socklet. I don’t know if the yarn I’m using is superwash or not, as it was part of my haul from Heather, a lot of small skeins she had tied for dye sampling that I dyed all together. So I won’t turn the tutorial socklet into a pair for a baby, as new parents don’t need to deal with handwash-only items.

But this book!  It’s incredible! Not only does she have astonishingly innovative sock designs, but her increases are the most amazing things. I am in awe.  Get this book, you will not regret it.

 Also in the box with the book were a nice handful of Knit Picks needles, and they are as slick and grand as everyone says they are.  My Harmony needles are still on back order, but the nickle-plated fixed circulars are totally fab.

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