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Yarn Haul

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As you may remember, I ALSO won a contest over at Learner’s Per-Knit. Thanks so much for such an awesome haul! Today, I just wanted to do a quick post to show off all of my swag, and maybe talk about ideas for the yarn. There’s a lot of it- so be prepared for a long, picture-heavy post!

Spud and Chloe Sweater

First up we have a skein of Spud and Chloe Sweater (55% Wool, 45% Organic Cotton- 100g), a worsted weight yarn in the Turtle colorway. It’s not quite as pastel as the picture suggests- slightly darker and deeper. Right now, I’m thinking that it would make a good hat. Maybe a new design? I feel like it would fluff up beautifully with some texture. Maybe garter ridges? Hmm…I shall think on the matter.

Wool of the Andes

Next, there’s a single skein of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% Wool- 50g) Worsted in Aurora Heather. Interestingly, I have a skein of fingering weight in the same color. I don’t know if there’s anything I can do with that. Or maybe I’ll just keep it handy for a last minute present. It is a guy shade. Maybe something for my dad for Hanukah? Well, that’s pretty far in the future. I have plenty of time to figure it out!

Malabrigo Lace

Next, there is a skein of (gasp!) Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino Wool- 50g)! The colorway is called Verde Esperanza, but for those of us who are color-challenged, it is definitely teal. I’m not too sure what I’m going to do with 50g of lace-weight yarn, but this would be a pleasure to just keep in my stash and pull out to stroke when I’m feeling sad. I’m not joking- it’s that soft.

Plymouth Mushishi

Next, there’s a giant skein of Plymouth Mushishi (95% Wool, 5% Silk- 250g). I have no idea what I’m going to do with it at the moment, but I love the tweedy flecks and how it switches between blues and greens. It’s pretty soft, so maybe it would make a good infinity cowl? Something thick and luscious to get me through those few days were it gets really, really cold.

Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk

Next, there are two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (50% Alpaca, 50% Silk- 50g each). I think the color is just a bit more rusty and less bright than the picture shows. Also, they are two different dye lots, but I can’t really tell the difference at all. They are somewhere around a DK weight, so I could probably find a fantastic lace pattern for them. Looking at it now, I can tell that they will have just a slight halo- and that’s exactly what you want for lace!

Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering

Second to last is a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering (80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon- 100g). I have been coveting this yarn forever! I know that this is supposed to be a sock yarn, and I know that the label SAYS that it’s superwash and even has nylon, but there is no way that you can feel it in the skein. Add that to the fact that this skein might just contain all of my favorite colors (purple, green, rust, oh my!) and I have no idea if I will EVER be able to part with it. I can already tell that it will be some special project!

???

Finally, there’s some blue/green/yellow mystery yarn. It’s probably about 50g of worsted or chunky weight wool- it definitely feels like a rough wool- that’s been spun into a single ply. Does anyone have any ideas about what this is? I have no idea what I will do with it…

And she also added in a personalized needle converter magnet! I’m really excited about this- I’m always losing my converters, and I can just keep this one on the fridge so I’ll always know where it is!

To close, I cannot say how unbelievably grateful I am for this entire package. I love each and every skein, and cannot say how much it makes me happy that there are other people out there who want to share their love of knitting so much. Thanks again!

FO Friday: Dunkelipa

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Blocking...pinkily

I finish the Dunkelipa Hat! In fact, I finished it so quickly that I had time to wet block it AND let it dry before this morning’s impromptu photography session with my room mate (and what are room mates for, if not to model knitwear?). Of course, that is probably helped by the fact that it’s been in the 80’s for the past couple of days. Not that I’m complaining or anything, but, because our dorms are on some sort of mast heating/air conditioning schedule, they only turned off the heat a few days ago, and we have no a/c, which is rather…problematic.

Half Flipped up from the right

Anyway, back to what you’re here for: the knitwear. To me, the hat blocked out pretty nicely, getting rid of any unevenness from the purl ridge diamond pattern. Even with the brim all the way folded up (on both sides), it pretty much covers my ears, so I had to ask my room mate to model the half up/half down shots. I think she did a pretty good job…maybe she’ll get the hat in the end? Her Birthday IS coming up 😉

Half flipped up from the right

And for those of you just tuning in, this was the Dunkelipa Hat in the 20″ size (but I never really checked my gauge, so it might not ACTUALLY be in the 20″ size) using Plymouth Yarn Galway Highland Heather (100% Wool- heathers are discontinued) in a red/pink/maroon/changes with the light color, as Erica pointed out to me in the last post. It was a really quick, fun knit, and the design is certainly very creative. I highly suggest that you check it out! Plus, it goes from a sort of child/teen size up to an adult large that would probably fit a guy, so it’s nice to keep it in mind for Christmas and Birthdays!

Lying flat...and it looks a lot more red, here??

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Dunkelipa pt. 1

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So, instead of casting on the back for my Locke St. Cardigan, I did something…else. I cast on for the Dunkelipa Hat. If you remember, I was considering this for a while, but I really didn’t think I had anything suitable in my stash. Well, I might have been wrong about that. I found about 70g of Plymouth Yarn Galway Highland Heather (discontinued- 100% wool) lying around leftover from my Rocky Coast Cardigan.  It’s a little bit less than the pattern requirements, but I think it will be fine. I don’t really have any red hats, and it might go well with the Blue North Face Fleece that I wear pretty continuously in the winter. And so, I cast on.

Garter

The pattern is actually pretty interesting. You start by knitting about 2 inches of garter stitch flat for a sort of split brim. I’m not quite sure how I’ll style the finished product, but Becky usually seems to fold one side up, giving it a rather jaunty look that I think I might like.

Flipped up?

So after you finish the garter brim, you join into a circle and begin the stitch pattern, which uses double purl stitches to make diamonds. When I first started I had a little bit of trouble keeping the pattern in my head, especially around the end of the row. I forgot to grab a stitch marker to mark the edge…bad me!

Double Purl Diamond Stitch Pattern

Still, I think I’ve got it pretty down in my head, and I’ve been chugging away pretty quickly. You only have to do a little less then three repeats before you start the decrease stitches, which is not much at all when you think about the fact that the repeat is only 12 rows (I think?). The pattern also comes in a couple sizes, ranging from kids to an adult large suitable for a guy. I’m thinking a Christmas present for my dad, although I don’t really know how well the brim would go over. Oh well, we’ll see 😉

Where I am as of this morning...

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Finished Object: Baby Blanket (for real, this time!)

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full size

So it’s finally really, truly finished. Here I have the Baby Chalice Blanket made with Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool) for washability. The direct sun really washed the color out in the pictures; it’s actually more yellowy. I would say a couple of shades lighter than butter!

detail numero uno

I really like how it came out, although I wish I had blocked it a little harder. The size is perfect- bigger than the 2 feet by 3 feet that I had hoped for. Still, the lace is just a wee bit more dimpled than I wanted. I actually ran out of room on my blocking squares to stretch it, and was just not in the mood to do lace on the floor. Oh well, it’s still pretty awesome. Are there cards to do with baby gifts? I guess I need to find one to go with the blanket, because I really, really need to get rid of it. Hallmark store, here I come!

detail numero dos

For your Locke update, I’m chugging along on my second sleeve. I’ve got about six inches finished. I went up to observe at my student teaching school yesterday (for the whole day- now I’ve got more than half of my mandated 20 hours this semester finished!), so I really didn’t have much time to get a whole lot finished. I’m not quite at the point where I can knit while observing 😉 On the other hand, I’ve found a new show on netflix to knit during. It’s called Trinity. A reviewer described it as Torchwood (British science fiction) meets Gossip Girl (American soap opera-ish drama at it’s worst), and I pretty much agree, although I would warn you that it’s a British show, which means it would probably need some editing before it could even air on HBO here in the states. Still, if that’s your cup of tea, I highly recommend it!

Just Another Mostly Kinda Sorta Finished Object Friday

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I got home just in time this afternoon (Spring Break!) to do some blocking. The baby blanket is blocking on my floor, and can I just say that it GREW. At this point, it is well over 2×3 feet, so I feel like it will be fine.

BIG!

On the other hand, I’m a little worried about the washability. I chose Plymouth Encore because of the high acrylic content (and very reasonable price). I figured that anything for a newborn would be better if it could just be thrown in the wash and dryer. I don’t know, however, how the lace will look after dryer. Hopefully, the agitation will work to stretch it instead of leaving it all scrunched up and un-lacey. Oh well. I’m going to go jet and take a nice relaxing nap. I deserve it after the week that I’ve had.

And then small. Btw, the yellow isn't quite this violent- that's my lights 😉

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Baby Blanket

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I am so close to finishing this blanket it’s not even funny. Of course, it’s mostly stress knitting, because I am so not close to finishing my papers that it’s pretty funny. When I finish and it’s blocked, I think it’ll measure about 30″ by 36″. I know it’s an awkward size, but what can you do. I think any longer might be strange, and it’s not like I’m about to rip the whole thing out and re-knit it wider. And, to tell you the truth, I’m getting a little tired of the stitch pattern.

blanket!

Still, I’ve only used about half of my third skein of yarn. I don’t think that’ll be a huge problem…I can always stash it. I’m sure that I’ll need to be making some baby things soon. I’m in college; eventually my friends are going to start getting married and having babies. I’ll be an adult!

Chalice Baby Blanket

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As I mentioned in my last post, I finally got the chance to cast on the Chalice Baby Blanket now that I’m finished with the knitting portion of my sweater. The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and size US 10 needles, I guess to open up the lace. Of course, I didn’t want to do that. I mean, why would I possibly want to do what a pattern asked of me? I wanted something somewhat denser to really keep that child warm, so I compromised with a US 9 needle. Of course, when I then CO the required number of stitches it looked way too small. Well, it looked too small and my tail was really, really long and I wanted to use it up. After searching through the pattern for a while (in 2 different pdfs- one for the written pattern and one for the chart- it didn’t come out and say how long the stitch repeat was) I ended up with 103 stitches for an extra 2 repeats. If I could go back, I would probably add another ten or twenty stitches. After all, I have four skeins of yarn…

it's so big! Sorry for the bad pictures, it's pretty overcast outside...

As you can probably tell, this pattern is pretty addictive. The relatively simple lace is really, really easy to memorize line by line and I’ve been keeping the pdf cropped into the corner of my screen for easy access. I finished my first skein of yarn after about 24 hours- which may be a record for me. So far, I’m about 20 inches into the pattern. As, after stretching the knit (lace!), the lace portion of the body is about 24 inches long, I’m thinking I’ll go at least until it’s 36 inches tall. I know this won’t be a traditional square, but I really, really want to use up this yarn. I mean, what else will I do with a light yellow acrylic blend? Hopefully, I’ll have leftovers for a baby hat or something really small and that’s it.

oh delightfully pimply un-blocked lace, how I've missed you!

It’s been a while since I’ve done any real lace- for some reason, I’ve been on a big cabling kick recently. Well, it really feels like DESIGNERS are on the big cable kick, and I just keep seeing some scrumptuous cables that I really, really want. In fact, I may or may not be putting in a big order soon…I’ve been stalking the wonderfully cabled Locke St. Cardigan, which is in the new Urban Collection by one of my favorite bloggers: the Crazy Knitting Lady. It’s knit in DK yarn, which I’m having trouble finding for what I’m willing to pay. Webs has some relatively cheap 100% wool (Legacy O-Wool DK) that I’ve been thinking about, and the Swish DK from Knit Picks is slightly cheaper, plus free shipping! I don’t usually like superwash yarns…has anyone ever knit with Swish? Is it soft, or does it have that superwash feel? Oh, decisions!