Friday, April 13, 2007

Alchemy and other transformations.

After the Miss America shoot (see last post), it seemed like a good time to use my skin treatment gift certificate the Loops Troops gave me for Christmas. I went to visit Gabe at Dr. Joey Manduono's office. Gabe is an aesthetician (and also a fantastic knitter) who does microdermabrasion and other medical-grade skin treatments. He offered to do my first peel for me. If you were at the store late Thursday, you might have noticed I had more "glow" than usual - in the same way that a dangerously sunburned tomato would "glow." I was downing Benadryl and wondering what fun the next few days may bring. After the molting is complete, hopefully you will see a gentle transformation. I'll keep you posted.

Coincidentally, this week we got a new shipment from our friends at Alchemy Yarns of Transformation. Austin and Gina live on a farm in northern California where their hand-painted yarns can be hung to dry on bamboo rods and "allowed to dry by the cooling breezes of the Pacific Ocean." Kum-bay-yahs aside, this stuff is unbelievable. If you haven't made a garment out of Alchemy yarns, you haven't lived! The shell I made from their Silk Purse last summer is my very favorite knitted piece ever. I had to take it to the cleaners last week and kindly implored the employee to carefully remove the coffee stain. VERY carefully.

We got new colors in Wabi Sabi, the quick-to-knit silk and wool blend:


And a sampling (2 skeins each) of their new Silken Straw, a 100% silk with a raw texture that makes it sturdy yet silky for patterns like the "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" men's tie and the Felini hat.


We also got some original new patterns for our favorite yarns, like Silk Purse, the 100% silk sportweight yarn we love. Here's the beautiful Ginger modeling the Birds of a Feather Bolero. The second she slipped it on, she decided to buy yarn to make one herself! It feels THAT good.


Also be sure to check out the newest Alchemy fiber, Migrations, on the Hot Loops wall. There are several cute patterns including a great hat and a self-striping bolero. This fiber is a "bridge" yarn for Alchemy, meaning you get the same high quality at a lower price...because the yarn is painted prior to spinning, which reduces production time.

But be forewarned: once you've transformed to knitting with Alchemy, it's may be hard to knit with anything else.

- Shelley

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