Sorry for the hackneyed post title, but my brain is mush as I’m writing this on a fine, warm Wednesday evening. After a five-hour meeting and two hours in rush-hour traffic getting home from said meeting, I treated myself to a little pop-in at the Pioneer release party at A Verb for Keeping Warm. This is the yarn I mentioned before — made from the wool of Sally Fox’s organic merino sheep just north of San Francisco, and naturally dyed by Kristine Vejar at Verb. I’d touched it before — I went in on the day the first skeins arrived and got to cop a feel — but today was the first day it was for sale. Given my exhaustion as I sat still on the last, endless highway overpass before the exit, I debated going. I figured whatever was left would still be left in the morning. But I’m so glad I marshaled what little energy it took, really, to gaze at a big table of beautiful yarn and give Kristine a congratulatory hug. Because what was there, and would not have been there in the morning, was Sally Fox herself! (You may recall I’m a fan.)
I came very close to leaving with two skeins of indigo, but I do hate being quite so predictable. Plus what I love about this yarn is its very sheepiness. So in the end what I chose was the lightest of the undyed colors, Lighthouse. I’m thinking of making a little triangle wrap with it, maybe Tunisian crochet.
But I can’t talk about Pioneer and not talk about this hat, seen up top. It’s one of the promotional samples the Verb crew have knit up, a modification of an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern, which mods will apparently be detailed on Ravelry soon-like. It is so, so cute.
If you want to know more (lots more) about Pioneer, check out the Verb blog, where it’s been documented in loving detail.
Top right photo from AVFKW; the others are from my iPhone.