I'm still here. Just don't have much to say. I have a lot to do that seems to be sucking up ALL my time.
I am, however, nearly done a sweater that is destined to be a store model, knit in luscious "Rio de la Plata" yarn from Bolivia. This yarn is actually hand spun (actually, the arrangement with the hand spinners is very similar to my arrangement with my knitters in producing sweaters for the store.) The yarn is also kettle dyed by hand, giving it an ombre effect, very beautiful.
This thick & thin yarn is soft and wonderful to knit with. It's a pretty quick knit at 4 sts/in. on a US9. It's best, I'd say, in simple projects, using just stockinette stitch or garter stitch, where you can let the yarn do all the talking. I did start out using it for an aran-style cabled hat, but the cables just got lost in the texture and color variation (what was I thinking?! but cables are more fun to knit....).
I'm doing a simple hooded tunic with a one-button placket opening at the neck (the pattern is available at Unique One: it's a Knitting Pure & Simple design).I only have half a sleeve and the hood left to do:
Close view of the yarn and stitches.