bits and pieces:
It will all eventually look something like this. Did you know that wet Soy Silk smells very much like mildewy tofu?
It's really more orange than that, which I consider a very good thing. (I like red, but love the more orange-y shade of this yarn.) It's Harrisville Highland (an aran weight 100% wool yarn, spun in a mill about 20 minutes from my home), and will become a cabled hat. I got the yarn, still on a cone, at a swap last winter. I could barely believe that it was what the label on the cone claimed it was, but after a bath this weekend, it bloomed an amazing amount. I should have taken a "before" photo, because the difference post-washing is pretty astounding. And the funny thing is that it barely smelled at all when wet, unlike the Soy Silk. I hope that the hat this yarn becomes is as beautiful and well behaved as the yarn is.
Completely unrelated to the other stuff, I thought I'd write a bit about comments and feedback.
I know there is an attitude on some blogs and websites that non-positive feedback is something that shouldn't exist in the knitting or crafting community. I disagree, and wanted to make this clear. I don't want any of the readers of this blog to be under the impression that they're not welcome to express their opinions, positive or negative.
Please, if you have something critical to say, do say it. I'm not complaining about positive feedback (which I enjoy and greatly appreciate), and not inviting flaming. I merely want to encourage a spirit of thoughtful and truthful feedback. If one doesn't want truthful opinions on their work from a wide variety of people, they should not, in my opinion, post anything on a public website. I have a public blog with open comments because I am comfortable with the idea that someone out there might hate everything I do, and might feel the need to say so. I just ask that comments not be anonymous, and that they not be purposefully inflammatory.
But if y'all really love every stitch I ever make, feel free to keep up with the 100% positive feedback. Whatever floats your boat. ;-)