Spring is just around the corner and the local shops are starting to replace their stock of wool yarns with cottons and other non-wooly fibers. I won't say every shop here does it, but a lot do. Lack of space is a facet of NY life that has far-reaching implications.
Sometimes, this changing of the guard/wool works to my advantage. Last Thursday I picked up some Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 ply at Purl, from their 40% off basket. In five colours. I found it kind of funny, because I had bought and then returned two balls of it a few months ago, not being sure what I was going to do with it. However, faced with forty percent off, I got five balls, enough to play with.
I started a pair of lace wristlets, you can see the first one finished here (click for larger picture). I used four of the five colors I bought (from light to dark) barley, shrew, highlander and feral. The colour that didn't get used was the lightest off-white, called ... dessicated. Seriously. I have no idea where Rowan comes up with these names, but I find it interesting that the ball bands only have numbers on them. I had to look online to find the names.
I love this yarn. The colour flecks are gorgeous . The yarn is rustic but still very soft. Most exciting to me about this project was that I basically made it up. I had a picture from Nordic Knitting by Susan Pagoldh (OOP and its a crying shame) of a pair of pulsevant/wrist warmers that were the starting point for mine. But I wanted to make something that covered the palm of my hand, and with a thumb added as well.
I'm really happy with the fit. The wristlet is basically a tube with a 'peasant' thumb (another tube), but fits well because the lace pattern is quite stretchy. If anyone is interested, I can try to write up the pattern for the wristlets and post it here. I finished one between Friday night and Sunday morning (there were a lot of ends to weave in), and then started another Sunday night. Only two colour bands into the second wristlet, I'll save the pictures of the finished pair for another day.