Saturday, January 15, 2011

Purple Lotus Fever

I spent this week dying home sick with a bad cold or virus. It wasn't very pleasant, but I've come to terms with the fact that this was indeed my own fault. You see, on Sunday night I was thinking about the previous winter when I was ill for weeks with H1N1 (also known as swine flu, hamthrax, etc). I thought to my naïve little self, Wow! I haven't been sick much this winter! I must be doing something right!

Yeah, well that "something right" was not tempting fate. So much for that. Happily, I am on the mend and will refrain from commenting on how I haven't sprained my ankle this year either.

Monday saw the arrival of some beautiful yarn from Zen Yarn Garden, an Ontario dyer specializing in handpainted colourways and gorgeous yarns. I received some of the scrumptious Serenity 20 (a sock yarn composed of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon) in "Black Lilac" from my mother for Christmas, and had to order more! I now own a yummy hank in "Melonberry", as well as Serenity Sock (same content as the Serenity 20, but with 10% cashmere) in "Bare".

Now, I thought Malabrigo yielded luxurious mittens. Serenity blows Malabrigo out of the water. The cashmere and soft superwash creates an incredibly smooth, soft fabric with excellent stitch definition and no pilling. And the colours? YUM. I think I may be in love (sorry, over-the-knee boots, the previous object of my affections!).

See for yourself:

Zen Yarn Garden - Serenity 20 and Serenity Sock


  1. Oh, can you tell me what pattern you're knitting here? The work in progress is gorgeous!

  2. This is my Lotus Mittens pattern! You can find it for free here:

  3. Fabulous color combination! I just started my Lotus mitts. Love 'em!

  4. Stunning colours! So glad to find someone else who loves purple as much as I do!

  5. I think the blank space is caused by blank divs in your blog - if you have access to actually modify the html, cut this out:
    less than sign div class='post-header'>
    less than sign div class='post-header-line-1'>
    less than sign /div>
    less than sign /div>
    and see if that fixes it - I dont see any reason to have just empty divs. Good luck!

    and if you ever find yourself with random spare time, there are a few people in Texas (where we rarely wear gloves/mittens) that would adore a Chrysanthemum sock pattern (or somehow fingerless mitts?) :) It is a Beautiful pattern!

  6. Lovely! These are the MOST beautiful. I can't wait to knit them this summer/fall for the winter.

    Renee in NC