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Yarn Acquisitions!

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Before I go back to unpacking (I just moved into my first apartment!), I wanted to share my newest skeins with you ūüôā Sorry about the quick post, but there is a lot lot lot to do, plus I want time to work on the delightfully addictive socks that I’ll talk about Wed.

Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice

First, there is one skein of Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice (100% Merino Wool- 250 yds/100g) in the Cinnamon color, a lovely brown. The yarn is really thick and luscious- exactly what you would expect from Merino wool. I think that I’ll make a Windschief with it- I got the pattern for 1/2 off a couple of weeks ago! I’ve been pretty jealous of everyone else’s, and I think that it would make a great Hanukah present for my father.

Zitron Filigree

The second yarn is two skeins of Zitron Filigran (100% Merino- 600m/100g) in a lavender color. I’ll probably use it to make myself the Coquette Vest, which I have been lusting after ever since it came out in the summer issue of Interweave Knits. I bought the yarn not even noticing that it’s exactly what is called for in the pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever used the required yarn for a pattern before. I’ve always thought that I am a tight knitter, so now I’ll get to compare my guage to someone using the exact same yarn!

Ahh- there’s no picture on the ravelry page! The Coquette Vest is on the right.

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Yarn Swag!

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Does it count as swag if you got it from a blog contest? All I know is that my winnings are completely amazing. For those of you who don’t remember, a couple of weeks ago I was the grand prize winner on Tami’s blog for the anniversary of her yarn company, Candy Skein. I’ve bought from Tami in the past and absolutely loved her yarn (most of my skein of Arctic Mint went into these socks) so I was increadibly excited to see that I have another chance to work with her wonderful yarns at a price that works pretty well with my tiny, tiny budget…FREE! I was so excited to see that package in my mailbox when I got home from work the other day.

April Colorway of the Month

First of all, there are two skeins of her sock yarn, Yummy. She does a colorway of the month kind of deal (Arctic Mint was January, I believe) and I’ve been eyeing them as each month goes past and I can’t afford it. Ok, I can afford it, but if I ended up getting it then I would have to eat a whole lot more pb&j’s. Anyway, I got both the April (above) and May (below) colorways. Butter Mint on top and the special anniversary colorway, 1st Birthday. They are both bright and gorgeous. I know that they will make some pretty fantastic socks (I’m not even going to lie and pretend that I am planning on making something else with these babies).

May Colorway of the Month

The other part of this prize was two sets of mini-skeins. I got both the older set of greens and a preview of the may set! At first I wasn’t quite sure what I could make with about 14 mini-skeins, but now I think that I might try and make a striped shawl with a¬†solid color in the middle. I was gifted a copy of the Technologic Shawl¬†a while ago (wow, aren’t I lucky!), so I think that I may be able to work with the stripes already in that to make something very unique and special. What do you guys think?

Greens

Sorry guys, but that’s it for me. With work and my computer in the shop, it’s been really difficult to keep track of my favorite blog posts. I’ll try better for next week!

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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!

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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!

Hat-topia

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Where we last left off, I was talking about my design project with Araucania Pangupulli. The yarn is definitely variegated and busy, so I couldn’t really find any patterns on ravelry that I thought would really fit. As I swatched and played around with the yarn, I feel a little bit in love with how it looks in garter stitch. The ridges make the highlight colors really pop on what seems like a field of darkness…I think it’s pretty cool, at least.

Of course, because I can never do anything by halves, I can’t just do a straight garter stitch scarf and hat. Instead, I chose to tilt the garter a little. By ‘deconstructing’ a basic chevron stitch, I added a center knit panel, making it seem as if the garter was almost knit on a bias (am I using the technical language right?). On the hat, then, where the pattern panel is turned on it’s side, I just added a garter edge to make about an inch of a ribbed brim.

swatchy...sorry for the pictures, my camera REALLY does not like this yarn

And then I had to deal with picking up the stitches for the hat body. In my experience, most hats made out of worsted on size US 8 needles use around 100 stitches- and I had to figure out how to pick up stitches from a sideways edge to make a flat (unpuckered) fabric. To add to the problem, the ‘brim’ has A LOT of stretch, so you can’t really tell if a stockinette fabric is too big for…any head…until you’ve really knit a few rows and try it on. After a couple of tries, I got what I felt like a good fabric, and was ready to turn to the decreases.

hopefully, what the hat will look like AFTER it is blocked and doesn't fold up on itself

Obviously, I can’t do anything easily. No easy-peasy left or right leaning spiral decreases- I wanted to do something new. Somewhat inspired by Jared Flood‘s Turn a Square Hat, I tried out some square decreases. I really like swapping the right and left leaning decreases so that it looks like you have four ‘spines’ eating up the fabric on your head. I think it looks cool, and since I’m really designing for myself, I get to choose!

it's a little easier to see the square part of the decreases...right?

So here it is, my mostly finished hat. It needs a really solid block, but I can’t seem to find my blocking pins right now (are they hiding under my bed???), so that will have to wait. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish up both the hat and scarf pretty soon and get everything all blocked out and pretty so I can take some pictures and write up a pattern for you guys…if anyone wants it????

lying flat, baby. Ooooh, sexy!

Designing…????

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I don’t do a whole ton of knitting design, myself. I’m much more of the kind of knitter who sees a design or pattern and falls in love with it. Obviously, I make plenty of mods, but that’s OK. Not everyone is destined to make the same exact project, and not everyone knits the same way I do. For instance, I’m pretty sure my obsessive-compulsive nature comes to light in the fact that I knit socks unbearably tightly. I guess I’m always afraid that the itty-bitty needles will just slip away, so I grip the yarn really, really tightly.

the first skein, already wound into a ball. Black, brown, grey, and yellow.

Anyway, designing. This is kind of a special occasion. A few months ago my parents went to New Mexico to explore and, well, have a vacation. Luckily, my mom knows exactly what kind of¬†souvenir¬†I like and stopped into a yarn store to pick me up something. She decided on two skeins of Araucania Panguipulli. Apparently, she saw a store sample of a shawl that she thought I would love to make. After browsing the pattern section of ravelry for what felt like forever, I really didn’t fall in love with anything.

Skein number two. Black, brown, grey, blue, green, purple, and yellow.

You see, there’s a couple of problems with Panguipulli. The yarn is a three ply, and my colorway (descriptively entitled ’25’) has two plys that are the same throughout; one is black and the other is brown. In one of the skeins, the final ply changes between grey and yellow. The other skein has yellow, grey, blue, green, and purple in the final ply. I’m not quite sure how, but it SEEMS to actually work together. Unfortunately, it is really too busy to use a stitch pattern with any¬†subtlety- a problem when subtle patterns are usually some of my favorites. And because the two skeins are so radically different, I’m going to have to do some striping. Hopefully, because color changes are so short, I’ll be able to do some really big chunky stripes without obviously…making really big chunky stripes. I’ll tell you how it goes.

hat plans

As I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I was also presented with the problem of having two 100g skeins- probably too much for just one scarf. The cozy to eating my head ratio would be dangerously in favor of the eating-my-head side, and that might be a problem. Instead, I decided to add a hat, but do it at the¬†beginning¬†as a sort of make-as-you-go¬†gauge¬†swatch. I once made a hat that had been converted from a scarf pattern my knitting a 20 inch strip of the scarf, sewing the ends together to make a circle, and then picking up stitches on the top edge for the crown of the hat. This, I think (I hope), will really work with this pattern. For now, however, I’m going to leave the pattern as a little bit of a mystery. Tune in next time and I’ll show you my first swatch/hat band!