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WIPs

April 18, 2011

Rae had a “Sock Hop” at her store and I couldn’t resist all the sock yarn.  I got some lovely hand dyed yarns from Pagewood Farms and Yarn Hollow.   There was a green colorway I loved and so I just had to start some socks.  I needed some mindless knitting anyway, because I finished the men’s hat.  There is no pattern, because I’m knitting them using the patternless method taught by Barbara in her Sock Class at Rae’s.  It’s really empowering, knowing you can knit something without a pattern. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast on 16 stitches, increased to 60 on size 0 needles and am working straight stockinette for the foot.  I’m going to put in an afterthought heel and then not sure how I want to knit the leg.

I’ve been working diligently on the Snowflake Socks for my SIL, but this project takes complete focus because it’s two stranded knitting and you have pay strict attention to the chart.

Look at what it’s doing here today:

A good day to get a little knitting in.  I’m starting a tiny project for Easter that I’ll let you in on later in the week:

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New Yarn and Blazing Needles

April 7, 2011

I just got back from a skiing trip out in Park City with my family but because my poor old knees don’t let me ski, I did a lot of knitting when I was out there.  I also drove to Salt Lake City to drop in at Blazing Needles, recommended to me by Susan Lawrence via Ravelry.  What a cute shop.  It’s in a residential district and I just loved the feel of the place.

 

Check out all the Koigu Yarn that they carry!  I had to hold myself back. Such a great selection:

And they had a lot of Malabrigo. Love.

Do you need buttons?  This is just a part of their incredible button selection:

I bought some Cascade 220 Superwash  along with a stripey Shibui Merino Worsted in order to make this hat by Jared Flood.

And I also bought this incredible silk yarn with glass beads by Tilli Tomas.  I just couldn’t help myself.  And guess what? It’s called Rock Star! How great is that?  I can’t wait to use it.  I bought a little cowl pattern at the store that I may use for it. Look how gorgeous this stuff is:

And here is a sneak peek at a project I’m working on that I just love:

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Flicker Wayfarer Scarf

March 25, 2011

When I first saw Berroco’s new yarn, Flicker, I knew I had to knit up a scarf with it. I had been thinking of  knitting a scarf, maybe with matching fingerless mitts, with a sparkly yarn and here it was!  The perfect yarn – super soft alpaca with a filament of sparkle running through it.

I’ve had Jared Flood’s “Wayfarer” scarf favorited on my Ravelry for a long time and I thought this would be the yarn to use for that scarf.  The pattern calls for a tubular cast-on, but I couldn’t bring myself to learn it.  I was too impatient to get started.  It’s a technique I would still like to learn at some point.  I did a regular cast-on, but with #10 needles, so it wouldn’t be super tight and then I switched to #8 circulars, and knitted the scarf on that.

The scarf is a favorite now.  So soft, and I love the length – plenty of scarf to wrap twice around my neck.  Unblocked, the scarf knitted up to 6″x86″.  After blocking, it grew to 103″ in length.  Whoa.

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed “Wayfarer”
Yarn: Berroco Flicker (2 skeins)
Needles: 10″ to cast on.  8″ circular for scarf.
Ravelry Page

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Green Mountain Spinnery

March 23, 2011

I love the people at The Green Mountain Spinnery.  It’s a worker-owned cooperative in Vermont where they make beautiful yarns on vintage equipment. I just received this lovely yarn, Sylvan Spirit, from there and I plan to make their Leafy Lace Shawl with it. I couldn’t resist when I saw this photo of the shawl in one of their ads:

 

Doesn’t the drape look wonderful?  It’s a DK weight yarn that’s 50% wool, 50% tencel.  I can’t wait to get it on my needles.

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