I found out about Lyra being reprinted by Lacis on her blog. I'm looking around for the 'perfect' yarn, but hope to start soon. :D
Now the bad news. Are you sitting down? Okay, here's the story...
Wooly called me at work last Thursday and says, "something terrible has happened..." I take a deep breath and say, "okay, tell me..." He says, "I was vacuuming and your project (cobweb Unst) got eaten by the vacuum cleaner... I'm so sorry!" I say, "Are you kidding me?" He says, "You know how careful I am around your projects... it's so light that it got sucked in the vacuum ... and with lightning speed... I reached down to turn it off,... but I couldn't find the switch..." I say, "Anything else? What's it look like?" He says, "It's got a giant hole... and it broke your needles..." I start laughing hysterically. He says, "Why are you laughing? What's so funny??! I'm sorry! Are you okay???!!! Anything you want! I'm buying!" I realize I'm at work and don't want the peanut gallery to get in my business, so I put my forehead on the edge of my desk and try to laugh softly. I say, "I'm so cursed... I swear God doesn't want me to have anything Heirloom..." He says, "What are you talking about? You're not cursed...!" Still laughing I say, "Have you read my blog? Remember the tickle attack and how I was worried about loosing a stitch and breaking my needles with my death grip? HAHA!... I just wrote that yesterday! HAHAH..." He gets off the phone to read my blog.
I tell my friend Tracy during break. She knows all about the first Unst where I used lace weight instead of cobweb and ran out of yarn. I tell her I started again with cobweb and about the tickle attack and what just happened. She gets the most horrified look on her face and I start laughing again. She says, "What's for dinner? I think he need to take you out! Doesn't steak, baked potato, salad and wine sound good?" I'm too nice and say, "Nah, that's okay..." She says, "Honey, you need lessons in 'milking it'!! Listen to me! You need lots of needles and expensive yarn! and a tote to put your projects in... you know what I mean by tote?" I'm still laughing and say, "Nah,.. Oh, okay needles.. totes are ugly... Man, my stomach hurts..." She hands me a Kudos bar. I start laughing again because I'm thinking of serving it to Wooly for dinner. :)
So, after we have leftovers for dinner, I bring myself to actually looking at the blob. Reality bites! I hold up the swatch and say, "... see how pretty it would have been? Oh! Ugh! I can't believe this!" Wooly, (who has the gift of the gab and doesn't know when to stop talking) says, "Oh, you've only been working on that for what, 3 days..?" Okay, I finally got angry (clap your hands) and say, "Wooly, I started this before you went to Canada for the parade! So, it's been like a month! and I had 7 of 10 repeats done and only 3 to go!..." He says, "Well, it would have been worse if it was Fulmar that got eaten..." I say, "What?! How can you compare and give more value to Fulmar??" I know the answer, it's because he's an Aran sweater lover. He jumps up and points to the computer and says, "Go order your needle! Order two! Hurry!.."
Down, but not out...
So, I sulked and didn't knit Thursday or Friday nights. I moped around and thought about whether or not I really wanted to try again. I realized that the cobweb was hard for me to work with and white wasn't a fun color to stare at for hours. I looked at Lorri's Shetland Stole - which is similar to Unst - and realized I still wanted one of my own, damn it! So, okay, let's take advantage of this opportunity to get it 'right.'
I found a cone of 3/36 cashmere and silk, which is a little thicker than cobweb. Similar to Lacey Lamb, but has the shine of silk and light blue - which I love in my stash. I have 2 cones (6000 yds) so I won't run out. :) It's between cobweb and lace weight.
I swatched with 2.5mm needles and really loved the resulting fabric. I was worried that I couldn't get the oil out of the yarn. (I used Dawn dish washing liquid)
Forsaking all others, I've been knitting on it like I'm possessed and have 2 repeats done. (I'm not going to maintain this pace.) I love everything about it and am not leaving it on the floor... ever!
Mr K (nephew) at Todai (all-you-can-eat.)
Looks like his second plate! He has Wooly's big appetite! Hey, Mr K, you gonna eat that strawberry?
Protect your projects! Here's hoping the 3rd time's a charm! :)