Earlier this year I attended the Stitches West 2010 conference in Santa Clara. I had a job as a rep for Buffalo Gold at the Paradise Fibers booth. It was a hoot. In exchange for encouraging customers to pet the pretty Buffalo Gold yarns, I got a heap of yarn from BG owner, Ron Miskin. I emailed my wish-list, but there was a little something extra in the box. One perfect skein of Moon Lite, color: Tuscany.
Buffalo Gold Moon Lite is a 75% Tencel 25% bison down blend. Tuscany is a bold and luminous gold color. It was completely dreamy to work with; so soft and elastic, crisp stitch definition, lovely drape and sheen. An ideal lace knitting yarn.
The box arrived within days of finishing off a scarf I designed and knit for my mother-in-law for her birthday. The yarn is my own hand-painted Plymoth Ecco Cashmere.
I made many swatches of eyelet lace on a garter stitch ground before I settled on the above pattern. All that swatching caused a storm of eyelet lace concepts to swim in my mind as I happily knit this scarf.
After the box from Buffalo Gold arrived, I immediately fell in love with the Moon Lite. So later that night I cast-on for a new eyelet lace project. Many needle size swatches later I settled on offset eyelets in a stocking stitch ground. I was so pleased to see what looked to me like rivulets running top to bottom between the eyelets. Ravelry.com already has a pattern called Rivulets, so I continued to search for a name for this pretty piece of knitting. Last night it came to me: Prairie Rain.
I’m writing the pattern now and will post as soon as it’s finished. Thanks, Ron. Your gorgeous yarn inspired me.