Monday, June 26, 2006


A hundred bucks' worth of cashmere

*psst...wanna see some naughty pictures?*

One of my guilty pleasures is surfing fiber blogs, and I've been seeing enticing yarn stashes referred to as "yarn porn" or "a money shot." Since I can't quite bring myself to amass my entire yarn collection, I offer the fiber equivalent of the "quick titty flash".

I attended Black Sheep Gathering this weekend, and along with some scented soap made at the Oregon coast and a set of Brittany dpn's size 1.5, I scored 1500 yards of this beautifully colored laceweight by Belisa Cashmere of Bundanoon, Australia. Disturbed individual that I am, I actually Googled Bundanoon. It's a suburb of Sydney, about halfway between Sydney and Adelaide. Bev Cooper, who owns Belisa Cashmere along with her husband Stan, taught me basic crochet at this year's Stitches West in Santa Clara. Not that I crochet, mind you, but I can say that I've had one formal lesson, and was taught by a very good teacher.

What to do with the stuff? I haven't made up my mind yet, I love the Orenburg lace shawl patterns but I know they would drive me crazy. I did see a free pattern, though, on the Yarn Harlot's site called the Snowdrop Shawl. That looks like about my speed. I wonder if the yarn's raspberry swirls would work with the pattern...I guess there's only one way to find out!

Will report back after swatching, which I'll probably get to in July. Of 2009.

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