Hello and happy Fall! We’re just going to skip over summer completely here, and what better way to kick off my Autumnal blogging (ahem) than by talking about knitting? I couldn’t think of anything better either. So! We’ll actually rewind slightly to summer’s closing days at Twist… where in a completely ridiculous yarn-buying loophole* I signed myself up for Pure Laine’s “Mystere et balle de laine” subscription.
* Given that I still have yarn I bought at last year’s Twist, I gave myself the “no yarn, unless it is for one specific project for someone else” rule. And I stuck to it! I bought buttons, some leather slipper soles for Starfish, a shawl pin, and one skein of yarn for my ex-team lead’s impending baby (see? project)… and then I also bought this subscription.
It gets better. The subscription came with a discount off their Festival “mystery bag”, so of course I bought that too. Ahem. So maybe I’m not so good at sticking to my own shopping rules. But it’s a yarn festival — of course I bought yarn… right?
This isn’t an entry about my inability to not-buy yarn, nor is it even about the Festival Mystery Bag (which will get its own entry sometime in the future). No, this missive is all about the very first of my (3) colis mysteres, which arrived last Tuesday! Now, the actual package arrival wasn’t much of a surprise, since Pure Laine emailed the mystery pattern Tuesday morning, however, the pattern contained this image:
Given that each mystery packet is meant to contain yarn, a pattern and “something else”, I saw the picture above and was delightedly expecting a fluffy pompom of great squashiness in my package when I rescued it from our mailbox Tuesday evening. Alas. There was no pompom. I was surprised!
I was also quite puzzled while trying to read the pattern (which was in French); the pattern referenced “backwards stitches” which I had been interpreting as “twisted” but it turns out that in French, a knit stitch is a “forward” stitch, and a purl is “backwards”. Makes sense! The pattern kicks off with a somewhat terrifying description of a tubular cast-on. I read it through a couple times with much furrowing of brow before giving up, downloading the English version of the pattern (which I had missed on my first click) and that was decidedly less frightening. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, though — what was in the parcel?
No pompom, as stated earlier, but there were some very cute, colourful stitch markers — handy! I actually ended up using some that very night! — and of course, very nice yarn. Hand-dyed, and a really lovely deep red wine colour (the photo above has too much sun; the colour is much mellower in person).
Although it’s been slow going, I did get through the tubular cast-on (love) and get a little ribbing done. The yarn is a little finer in gauge than called for in the pattern, and quite tightly spun: not much fluff. I’m not sure how warm this tuque will end up being… but it’s definitely a lovely colour and has some pretty awesome drape. We’ll see how it knits up!
Check out that hem edge: tubular!