I am so excited — my yarn arrived for this:
Dale of Norway 10903
My husband looked at the picture and, after a very pregnant pause, said, “That’s a ‘different’ sweater.” In Minnesota, that means ugly. Okay, dear, then you don’t have to wear it. He said the same thing when I showed him the yarn for Henry the VIII. It was going to be for him, but when I got that reaction, I made it for myself and called her Henrietta!
Here is the yarn kind of laid out like it will be in the pattern:
Daletta by Dale of Norway
I purchased the yarn from two sources, but I would like to highlight one of them here: Mary Ann Stephens, known as twostrands on Ravelry (who also moderates a group by the same name), is fantastic to work with. So sweet and accommodating. When I told her I wasn’t sure about the blue, she put together photos and some yarn samples for me to decide on the color. She is also notable for her designs — two of which are in the public eye at the moment: Amaryllis Mittens (mentioned in Yarn Harlot’s mitten hunt and now available as a Ravelry download), as well as the Sleepy Monkey Baby Blanket from the Spring 2009 Twist Collective.
Coincidentally, my knitting peep, Kim, just finished said blanket last night — at least she SAID she was going to complete the very last few sts of i-cord bind off when she got home 😉 . Small knitting worlds collide. Mary Ann handles everything Dale, so if you need patterns, yarn, tutorials on Norwegian steeking, help with project questions — she will do it all!
Anyway, I love the yarn and hope to get to it soon, but as you know I am sewing up a storm and have a deadline. It is unnerving to have a deadline with such dire consequences: if I don’t get it finished, I’ll be naked. If I don’t get it right, I’ll look stupid. No pressure!