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FO Friday: That Garter/Cable Thing



I finished it! Well, sorta. I cast off my design sample (so far known as garter stitch+cables+Malabrigo) yesterday evening. It’s one of those projects that I had really, really high hopes for. In fact, I’m not sure that I could have ever met those hopes, even if everything went perfectly and it was a breeze. In any case, it’s not exactly what I was expecting, but I think I’m coming to terms with what I ended up with.


I mean, it’s Malabrigo, so it just feels like heaven around my neck. Heaven, I tell you! And the texture has made it so thick and warm that I bet I could wear it in the arctic and still be comfortable.


The whole plan was to hit on the “sweet spot” so that the colors from a very, very variegated skein of Malabrigo Worsted would make up and down stripes. In the end, I’m pretty sure that perfect stripes are pretty impossible. I still think the pooling effect that I ended up with is pretty nice!

P1010006I don’t think this pattern will come out anytime soon. It still needs to be written and tested (and I already have 2 tests going on right now) before it gets released. I’m thinking of saving it for that collection that’s been ruminating in my head. We’ll see what happens.


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FO Friday: Citron



I am successful! Not only was I able to complete my Citron Shawl yesterday, but I had a couple of minutes after all of the guests were gone to lay it down to block. I probably had enough yarn to do another couple of rows, and in a perfect world I would have done it. With my time constrictions, though, I didn’t want to fiddle around with that. I basically did the pattern as is, which may be a first for me.

This morning, quite to my surprise, it was bone dry. I quickly got it off the board, sewed in my ends, and wrapped it up. My pile of presents for tonight’s early Hanukah is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, the sweater is still a little damp. I have the fan blowing on it (as per Audry’s recommendation), so hopefully it will be dry enough for me to sew up the sleeves and weave in the ends in a couple of hours.

Quick recap: I started this Citron last Sunday with 1 50g skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze. Now, less than a week later, it’s a whole shawl. Yeah me! Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap a couple of picks of all of my presents on their intended recipients tonight.

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Cast On Monday: Citron


I’ve done something silly. Several weeks ago, my father told me that my Aunt’s cancer seems to have returned. This is not good news; she’s been battling stomach cancer for a while, and we thought that, after almost a year of chemo, radiation, and surgery, things were looking up. Unfortunately, it turns out we were wrong. Of course, as soon as I heard the news, the urge to knit hit me. When she was first diagnosed, I made her a lace shawl using some Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Blues in the Night, a gorgeous colorway. I pretty much designed the whole shawl myself, although it was right when I had gotten started designing, so I did not write anything down. That was INCREADIBLY stupid of me, as it really turned out gorgeous. If I ever get the chance, I am definitely going to write that pattern out! Anyway, my Aunt loves the shawl and wears it all the time, which makes me pretty happy.


Flash forward to the silly thing that I did this weekend. I had just finished binding off the shoulders for my mom’s sweater (more news on that later, I promise) when I had the sudden urge to cast something on for my Aunt. I think most of us would realize that this is not at all a silly urge. I dug out a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze, which reminds me of Evergreen Trees, out of my stash. I think this is on of the skeins that the wonderful Learner’s Per Knit gifted me with over the summer (thanks again!). I wound it all up and printed out the instructions for Citron. Just in case your head has been buried under a rock for the past few years, Citron is another of the incredibly popular patterns published in Knitty. It uses just one 50g skein of lace weight, size US 6 needles, and quite a bit of stitches to create a wonderful shawl.

Closer up

But what is the silly part? Although Hanukah does not start for another couple of weeks, we are celebrating this Friday, as the whole family will already be together for Thanksgiving. Not only does that mean that I have to block and seam a sweater in the next week, but I also have to knit 50g of lace weight and block that, too. Silly me! Luckily, it’s been speeding off the needles. I’m already half way through the fourth section, so I probably have about 40 rows to go. Of course, those 40 rows include 2 ruffles, which double the amount of stitches on the needle for 5 rows, plus 3 more increase rows. Wish me luck!

WIP Wed: Molly


After a life of crazyness both at school and in the computer arena (long, long story that I will probably post some other time), I finally have a WIP post for you guys! Sorry about the crappy photography, but I took the pictures at work.

Molly Hat

I’m currently working on a Molly hat using some Malabrigo Merino Worsted from my stash, or “babies,” as one of my students put it. The hat is a gift that is going to be given this Saturday, so it’s been going pretty quickly. I went up a needle size for more drape. I didn’t end up changing this stitch count at all, as my guage is still pretty close and my recipient will probably LOVE a really, really big hat.


The puppy got to the ball of yarn this morning as it sat next to my backpack waiting for a new work day, so it’s a little deformed. I think that it was revenge for not letting her go back to sleep in my bed. Hopefully it isn’t tangled! I know that it’s a really, really short post, but I only have a few minutes, and there’s not really that much to say about this hat. Hopefully I’ll have a full report on Fri. for a FO Fri. post!

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Shopping PLUS a trunk show!


So, this weekend I decided to hit up one of my LYS’s and spend the rest of the gift certificate that has been burning a whole in my pocket for almost a year (OK, don’t blame me- it’s not exactly ‘local’ to me at home, and definitely not local to me at school). Of course, it helped that she was having a trunk show for Dragonfly Fibers, which was just…unbelievably spectacular. The only thing that was kind of unfortunate is that the store was too busy for them to skein my yarn. While I understand, that is definitely going to make things a lot harder on my end. I am slightly reconsidering buying a 100g skein of sock yarn…it might have been nice if they had a sign posted or something. They did offer to have it ready in the next couple of days, but the store isn’t exactly around the corner from where I live.

stitch markers in action!

First things first: the Yarn Club always has a great selection of Knit Picks brand needles and notions, which is a major draw for me. Who wants to pay half the cost of a pair of needle tips in shipping? The night before, I was noticing how the stitch markers that I had made from some leftover yarn were not up to par, so I got this package of really, really cheap Knit Picks markers. They probably won’t fit on needles over size 8, but they’re doing just fine on my 6’s. So that was a good find!

Knit One, Crochet Too Brae Tweed

And now, the yarn. First, a skein of Knit One, Crochet Too Brae Tweed (60% merino, 20% baby llama, 10% bamboo, 10% donegal) in color number 879…a sorta dark muddy brown. If you remember correctly, this is the luscious yarn that I used to design the free Leafy Tops Hat (which, by the way, I’ve made some changes to the pattern). My sister fell in love with my original sample, but I’ve been craving a soft, go to hat lately. This darker yarn won’t be quite so flesh-tone, and it will go with a bunch of my jackets! Plus, this way I can take some more pictures. That page needs some serious updating.


Next, a skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino) in Whales Road, a mix of blues with a touch of purple. The skein was already untwinded when I grabbed it from the pile. I probably should have asked if they had another one in that colorway, but I don’t think it will get tangled or anything. And worsted weight yarn is a lot less tedious to hand-wind then sock! Since I made my first skein into a cowl (secret, by the way), I’ve been thinking about doing another one. Hell, I may just made a collection!

The bright sun took out a little bit of the depth of colors, so it's actually MORE beautiful than that, if you can believe it!

And then, finally, for the main event, a skein of Dragon Sock (100% Superwash Merino) from from Dragonfly Fibers. The colorway is called Admiral Benbow, and I just fell in love with it the second that I dug it out of that giant pile of yarn. It it simply spectacular! The colors are so deep and vibrant, it’s just really hard to describe. I think this one will have to be a pair of socks- maybe some plain-jane stockinette ones to show off the color? I don’t know, exactly, but I’m sure whatever I made will be amazing, judging by the yarn.

closer up on the gold end, which is so radically different from the dark blues and greens in most of the skein.

Finally, for my Locke St. progress report, I’ve finished the first sleeve! Wooo!!!!! The numbers for the sleeve cap shaping were a little off- I know I started with the correct amount, so I must have just done a couple too many decrease rounds or something. Hopefully, it won’t be too different from the second sleeve. But really, it would only take an hour to fix it if it was! Now one more to go…and then the rest of the whole sweater body. I can tell that this project is going to take a good long time, but I’m pretty hopeful about the finished project.

Locke sleeve number one- it's curling so much, I can tell it's going to be a bitch to sew.

Still working on the Cardigan…


Rocky Coast Cardigan Body

As my title may suggest, I’m still working on the Rocky Coast Cardigan. After getting to the end of the pattern in the center part of the cardigan (it’s a top-down, seamless raglan) I decided to just put my stitches on hold before I started the ribbing. Remember, I’m doing the ribbing in a contrasting color, and I want to make sure I have enough of that for all of the ribbing and the shawl collar/button band thingy. Luckily, I was using my Knit Picks interchangeable needs, so putting all of those stitches on a holder was pretty easy. All I had to do was unscrew my needles and put the little stoppers on in their place.

Yeah, that's a sleeve.

Next, I put my needles on an extra cable and picked up my stitches off of waste yarn for the sleeve. I’m a little concerned about how narrow the sleeves are- my arms have their fair share of flab. I’ll probably try it on after I finish this one and see how it fits. Hopefully, it’ll be just fine. Still, I’m really enamored with this sweater, so I hope I won’t be afraid to rip! I’m doing the sleeve in the round, but I kind of wish I was working it flat. I’m using magic loop instead of DPN’s (DPN’s sometimes give me tighter gauge) and it is kind of making me knit slower 😦 Still, I’ve got a movie for the afternoon plus a Super Bowl Party, so hopefully it won’t take me too long.

Plymouth Encore Worsted

And finally, I have a yarn shop purchase from A WEEK AGO that I have yet to tell you about. One of my favorite Professors announced that his wife is pregnant and due in a little less than two months. Of course, this means I’m making a blanket! I always loved the baby blanket my grandmother knitted me, so I hope this kid has the same experience I did. I picked up 4 skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in a pale (unisex!) yellow. I figure the heavy acrylic content means easy washing, and won’t the wool keep it from bursting into flames? Right now, I’m leaning towards making a Chalice Blanket. I’m kind of feeling some light lace, so hopefully it will be a pretty enjoyable pattern. Hopefully, I’ll have enough time to make it after I finish the Cardigan.

Baby Chalice Blanket. Picture sniped from ravelry; please don't sue. I have no money...

While I was at Knitting Sisters I, of course, had to pick up a little something for myself. I just grabbed a skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the colorway Polar Morn, a lightish grey. The malabrigo was hiding underneath a bunch of cubbies of Manos, otherwise I probably would have sniffed it out earlier. The only malabrigo I have ever worked with was Sock. Although I loved that, I’m really excited to try out a yarn that has such a good reputation. I’m thinking that I might go with a scarf or cowl. I haven’t made something to go around my neck this year, and the grey would match my favorite jacket…

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Polar Morn

That’s all the news from here. Next post, I’ll announce the winners of the contest, so keep your eyes open for that (or if you’d like to enter, check out the post and take a guess!). I’ll also probably have some book reviews to keep you from languishing from the boredom of watching me slowly, slowly work my way through the Cardigan.

Yarn Shopping!


As you may remember, I had definite intentions over the holiday to hit up some yarn shops. And I did- specifically, I visited The Yarn Club in Virginia Beach. This is a relatively new store (I think it’s been open less than a year), and I was excited to drop by for my second time to see what they had in stock.

Before I tell you what I found, I just wanted to tell you my impressions of the first time I went. First thing, the store is in an office park, so I really thought I was lost, but she has a nice big sign on the side of the building to let you know where she is. When you walk in, you immediately see a nice big table for sitting and getting help, with cubbies and cubbies full of yarn surrounding the room. Most of the yarns were things I had heard about online, and she had TONS of hand-dyed/indie-dyed/local products, which was really impressive. The first time, I bought the skein of Malabrigo Sock that I just used on my nutkins.

So this time, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on some more Malabrigo. I was even prepared to shell out $20 for a skein. What I was not prepared for, however, was the amount (and price!) of Madeline Tosh she had. Don’t get me wrong- the colors and feel of the Tosh was pretty damn fantastic. However, it is pretty much out of my price range (I’m not sure I can afford $28 before tax for a skein of sock yarn). And, about half of the store was Tosh. I do not exaggerate. It was just a bit excessive.

Still, I managed to find two skeins that I really like and that are in my price-range. I didn’t plan this, but they’re both from Knit One Crochet Two, another brand that I’ve heard about online but never seen in person.

Brae Tweed- the brown is a little bit darker than the photo shows

First, I got a 50g skein of Brae Tweed in a brown. It’s a single-ply 60% Merino, 20%Llama, 10% Wool, and 10% Bamboo blend (which makes me wonder what’s in the generic ‘wool’) with some tweedy specks. I’m thinking I’ll make myself a nice little hat out of this- I need something neutral and versatile. It’ll probably go really well with my green coat…

From the side- looks really blue...

Secondly, I got a 100g skein of Sock Yarn. I don’t have the label with me, and I can’t find what it is online, but I think it might be 80% superwash wool and 20% silk. Maybe. Anyway, It’s a pretty mix of light blues and greens and white that reminds me a lot of the beach. My mom actually bought it, because she has commissioned a pair of socks for my Aunt for Hanukah. I’m thinking some sort of pattern that looks like waves or sand. I’m sure I can find something!

She did have an incredible selection of books, patterns, and notions. My favorite part was how much I recognized everything from online. Beyond the regular magazines, she didn’t have the standard Vogue or Interweave books, but had at least a couple dozen self-published books from well-known names. It was pretty cool to be able to flip through books that I’ve only ever seen online before. Additionally, she carries the Knit Picks needles, which is fantastic for me. Finally, I’ll be able to get more sock needles, and maybe some more cables for my interchangeable set without paying for shipping. Yeah!

In the end, I definitely do not think of The Yarn Club as my LYS. I think I will occasionally visit when I want 1) something SUPER-NICE, 2) some Knit Picks Needles, or 3) to look at some indie-books and patterns in person. She did have a few work-horse yarns (I think I saw a very small bit of Cascade 220 and Plymouth Galway), but it’s mostly luxury stuff. There is a whole lot of samples, and the service was very nice (even if she did keep walking away from the yarn I had asked her to wind for me after purchasing).