Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Does Everybody Know?

I ordered some new shoes the other day. Crocs, since you ask, and yes, all the hype is true - they really are the most comfortable things I have ever had on my feet. They are very light, weighing 135g each (which in old money is about 4 and three-quarter ounces). The place where I got them is called "Look at my Crazy Shoes" and they can't be faulted for the speed of their service. It just so happens that the packaging material is the same distinctive, dark purple plastic as that used by Texere, and naturally there have, in the past, been one or two packages from them.

What did the postman say, as he handed the package to me? He said, "Bit light for wool, isn't it?" So while maybe it's an exaggeration to say that "everybody" knows, it's certainly true that the postman is well aware of my addiction.

Speaking of addiction, all those who are interested in these things will know that the new Knitty is out. I am very drawn to "Tamarah" and investigated the possibility of using the recommended.yarn, which is Artyarns Regal Silk and Silk Mohair. Lovely stuff. Available from Get Knitted in the UK (and possibly other places as well) but talk about expensive! It would cost almost £50 for the yarn to make what is, after all, a glorified scarf. I really don't know if I can justify the extravagence. Surely this means that there is hope for me? That the addiction hasn't got so much of a hold over me that I have taken leave of my senses?

Yes, the blue haze continues, so no change there. I have bought some yarn (surprised?) and it's still Kid Silk, though in the "night" version. I got some of the black with sparkly bits (technical term) to make an "evening" edition of the Frost and Ice shawl. I was a very naughty girl and took time out from the blue fuzz to see what it would look like. I didn't really start it. Honest.

I am very surprised at the feel of this yarn. Kid Silk Haze is 70% kid mohair and 30% silk. The night version is 67% kid mohair, 18% silk, 10% polyester and 5% nylon. The composition is therefore similar but the night yarn feels much coarser, almost scratchy. I'm hoping that it might soften up a bit when it is washed. We shall see.

Here's a close-up of the bottom point - you can sort of see the sparkly bits here. I hope they are not so obvious that I will end up looking like a Christmas Tree.

Many thanks to all who wrote to express their condolences. All your kind thoughts are truly appreciated.


Marie said...

I used kidsilk night for my river stole last year, and was a bit disappointed too. I guess I expected the softness of KSH, but sparkly,but I find it scratchy.

Heather said...

I love my 4 pairs of Crocs. They are the best thing ever made for feet.

allisonmariecat said...

I love that your postman comments on your yarn packages. And I do think that not automatically buying the pricey yarn for Tamarah was a good sign for your control over yarn addiction. But you know the best way to reward yourself for not automatically buying the Artyarns, right? Mmmhmmm. With the Artyarns, of course!

I like the sparkle of the KSH night. The only selling point KSH has for me (since I hate knitting with it) is how nice and soft it is knitted up, so I'll be interested to hear if it softens with washing. It's a lovely non-start :)

Opal said...

I love the Frost and Ice pattern. I think yours will be just stunning in that yarn. Your "swatch" is just gorgeous.

Ulla said...

Lovely swatch, what a difference colour and sparkle makes absolutely perfect for a night out. Mine is a pale pink. Thanks for the Tamarah link :-)

kids footwear said...

It is hard to believe that
Crocs have only been around for a few years. They can be seen on just about everyone from young kids to Hollywood stars. They are a phenomenon that is hard understand. Many people hate the look....but love the comfort. Anyway, thanks for sharing and I definitely visit here more often.