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What does yarn taste like?

In crochet, knitting on September 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

Cotton candy?
Pie?
Sugar pop?
Pistachio ice cream?

Yes! The answer is a resounding YES! All of the above!

I went to a yarn tasting at Knitting Nation in Nyack, NY on 9.24.13 for Cascade.
It. was . a . beautiful. thing.

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There was a beautiful spread of all the Cascade yarns (the food spread was great as well). I can see why Cascade 220 is a fave among us knitters…not sure why I never bought any. Lack of availability maybe? I don’t know, but it is reasonably priced. But once my stash gets to a certain point it will be in it!

A few of my faves are: Cloud, 220 superwash, and Eco Wool Eco+. I loved the softness and stitch definition, as well as the weight. I can’t say I’m a fan of lightweight yarns though. I like aran/worsted and heavier.

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Faraway Alpaca Farm Open House

In crochet, knitting on September 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

A very cute alpaca farm in Yorktown Heights invites you to visit…. Check them out! And yes, there is yarn available for purchase. (smile)

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I need Addi in my life! (and why you do too)

In knitting on September 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I am convinced I need Addi Turbo Express Kingsize knitting machine in my life.

Reasons (yes, all I need is 2)
1. St st is boring and painstakingly time consuming.
2. Stash can drastically decrease; cranking out hats and cowls in a matter of minutes rather than hours/days.

Here’s how it works:

Roll call for Rhinebeck

In crochet, knitting on September 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

Who’s going to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival this year?
It’s October 19-20, 2013.
Be there or be square!

Throwers unite!

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

My whole technique of knitting changed when I realized I was just going too sloooooow! I tried to learn continental but it felt too weird and was slower, it seemed, than my throwing.  I think it was like February I had enough slowness and decided that I needed some speed. Note: I generally knit with circulars…not a fan of straights.

I wasn’t sure how to go about doing it but, without fail, YouTube came to my rescue! Hope you find it helpful.

Design feature

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Design features are created when mistakes happen and the designer refuses to pull it out and the mistake creates a visual interest in the piece (and they like it). Design elements are consistent and usually appear intentional.

My mindless knit is complete. The pattern for this baby kimono is flawless. Sadly, I was not. However, my quite obvious “mistake” is now what I call a design feature. I will not be pulling it out. Therefore, I shall be adding 3 buttons to this handsome fella… Right on the design feature.

I cannot say that I am displeased with it, because I did enjoy this creative process and allowed to me to ease tension.

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Next on the agenda? Seaming it up. Getting buttons and ribbon and putting it together.

It’s here (and it’s fab-u-lous)

In knitting on September 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I posted this ad re: 2013-2014 Bergere De France catalog on my Facebook page, encouraging you all to get it as well and I hope you did.

I waited almost a month and when I was at the cusp of giving up… There it was! Bam! In my mailbox… Today. Right now!! My Bergere De France catalog! Oh. my. goodness!

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Inside is just pure delicious European couture knit design and yummy yarn samples (well, yarn catalog… Same difference!lol) It. Is. Divine! I love it! MINE!

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Knit all the things!

Carry on.

Fall project

In knitting on September 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

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In speaking with my cousin’s fiance,a non-yarny person, the light bulb clicked on and my fall sweater was identified… And it couldn’t be simpler; it’s Directional Rib from Knit and Crochet Now! show (on PBS, it’s back!).

As I spoke with her about yarn and different weights, my stash flashed across my eyes and … BOOM… Patons Soy Wool! It’s in my stash (in abundant quantities -1100yds). It’s aran weight and the gauge on 9’s are 17s x 21r. I actually forgot about this yarn! Take a look (just a note, this yarn is discontinued).
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Clockwise from top left: 1100 yds, 770 yds, 300 yds, and 880 yds.

So, I thought to myself, I can use this! It’s a little heavier than required by the pattern, but I think I can use it.

However, when I checked the yardage I was really short…by a lot (660 yds). And I was also really disappointed. So, although I want this to be my project, it can’t be. If I could buy more yarn it probably could be, but that’s not an option. Unless I make the smallest size or a couple sizes down from the one I was planning on making? The gauge this sweater requires is 22s x 26r in 2×2 unstretched rib on a size 7.

My next choice is Tilted Duster but again, I was short in yardage, but not really a lot (118 yds). I figured for this I could just maybe shorten the skirt and maybe the sleeves or modifying one or the other? That way I wouldn’t have to purchase more yarn. The gauge on this is 17s x 21r on 10’s. What do think about this logic?

I also absolutely love Turkana that I’ll probably treat myself to for Christmas or thereabouts. I was thinking if I didn’t wait until then and use the Soy Wool, I could make it is the smallest size,no? The weight yarn required for Turkana is fingering…Alot of fingering (2450 yds). This piece is supposed to be drapey. Will my aran weight yarn take that away i.e. yardage needed? Will my yardage be enough?

I was even contemplating the Granny Hoodie, but because my yardage is so limited, I think it would be best suited to knitting with. It is in my queue though.

My final choice? I don’t know. I think the best place to start will be a gauge swatch. Or check Ravelry some more; my library, my queue and free patterns. I think if anything, I will go with The Tilted Duster. The gauge is already there and the modifications are (should be) simple enough.

Yes, I think that Tilted Duster is it.

Do you have any suggestions that wouldn’t require all this drama? Something with stripes?

NEVER posted before by me or any blogger (as far as I know)…I have braved posting my measurements so you see what I’m working with.
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A mindless knit

In knitting on September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Usually when I am stressed or need to unplug I knit.  That’s what I do.  I need to knit but when I started knitting it wasn’t working. Too many errors…too much ripping back…Too much of everything!

I was trying to knit a fair-isle rectangle for my cousins blanket. I don’t know what made me think that when I’m stressed I should be making fair-isle stuff any ole how! Other than this fair-isle rectangle, it hadn’t occurred to me for past week or so I’ve been struggling with it, that perhaps I need not pursue this course any further.

So last night, into this morning I decided that I would knit Baby Kimono.  I usually stay away from patterns with M1’s and yfwd’s but I’m a little more seasoned and I got over myself.  I first learned of this sweater on Sara’s blog someone’s post I recently read (forgive me whoever this is and shout yourself out and I’ll link you).  I thought such a beautiful job was done on it and I knew I would definitely make it.

I’m using my stash for this….Paton’s Decor in Pale Periwinkle. I did not gauge. I’m making the largest size available. I figure it will fit some baby gauge or no gauge, so I’m good with that!

I could have casted on the blanket you all voted for (oatmeal won btw) but I don’t remember where I put the yarn and plus, that’s just too many stitches to count. I’d rather cast on 29 than 40+ stitches right now.

During lunch today, I had time enough only to cast on. After work and I got home, in 2 hours the left front was complete. For me that’s pretty quick! So I’m forging ahead with this! (Yes, those are Signature needles and I love them!)

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On sweater construction

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Test knitters needed. BEAUTIFUL man’s sweater!

knit the hell out

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my previous post. I love getting input from others when something is puzzling me about the knitting world (or just the world) and you all gave me several more points to think about with your comments. I don’t plan on writing up a similar hoodie anytime soon, but this is a fun learning process.

I continued making modifications, because I know what I like and I just can’t stop. 🙂 I’m almost done with the hood, then I’ll make the ears, weave in ends, and show you what I’ve done! I ended up reworking the pocket a bit. I made it a little shorter at the top, and I picked up the required stitches to knit it straight onto the body, rather than knitting it as a separate piece and sewing it on. Sometimes I’m all about the shortcuts and…

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