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Raining Yarn

Here and there I’ve picked up some new yarns over the past few weeks. Even though I am sticking to a new budget, there was a little surplus with holiday money to buy a few new goodies.

First up, I finally got my hands on some Madelinetosh Sock. I’ve only heard great things about her colors and I am very impressed. This is the pheasant colorway.

madelinetosh

Madelinetosh Sock - Pheasant

I also found some Malabrigo Sock in the Turner colorway. The buzz on this yarn has been amazing. I wasn’t sure it would live up to the hype, but the second I saw and felt it, I was in love.

Malabrigo Sock - Turner

Malabrigo Sock - Turner

A couple days ago I finally made it to the local yarn store, Twisted. Everyone in my knitting group had told me how great it is and I totally agree! The selection of yarns was great and the service was very friendly. Cori didn’t have quite as much fun as I did since I wouldn’t let her pull every skein out of the cubbies. 🙂 While it was hard to choose, I finally selected two different colors of Merilon sock yarn from a local yarn dyer, Black Trillium Fibre Studio.

Black Trillium Fibre Studio - Merilon Sock - Cordovan

Black Trillium Fibre Studio - Merilon Sock - Cordovan

Black Trillium Fibre Studio - Merilon Sock - Rainbow Black

Black Trillium Fibre Studio - Merilon Sock - Rainbow Black

Lastly, I’ve acquired a little more Dream in Color Classy as I have plans for a couple more things for Cori and a little sweater for a friend’s soon-to-arrive baby boy. I absolutely love the new solid colors of Classy. Purple Rain is an amazingly dark purple – it’s almost black. Gorgeous!

Dream in Color Classy - Purple Rain

Dream in Color Classy - Purple Rain

Dream in Color Classy - Into the Mystic

Dream in Color Classy - Into the Mystic

Dream in Color Classy - Romeo Blue (Hard to get the blue right in the photo. Nice dark, blue).

Dream in Color Classy - Romeo Blue (Hard to get the blue right in the photo. Nice dark, blue).

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Not Really Knitting

  • Went to Colorado for my brother’s wedding. Wonderful time, beautiful wedding.
Step-mom, nephew, brother, new sister-in-law, & dad

Step-mom, nephew, brother, new sister-in-law, & dad

  • Got home and went to the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival in Canby, OR. Lots of adorable fiberful animals. Showed remarkable restraint and only bought one skein of Socks that Rock!
Matt with sheep

Matt with sheep

Socks that Rock Rare Gem

Socks that Rock Rare Gem (dark green with some purple)

  • Very little knitting due to teething 6 month old baby.
Momentarily happy teething baby

Momentarily happy teething baby

A Swell Yarn Shop Skinny Duet in Candy Corn.

A Swell Yarn Shop Skinny Duet in Candy Corn.

  • Soon we will be leaving for another trip (Hello, Illinois!).

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Offset Wraplan

Pattern: Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris

Size: 9-12 month

Yarn: A Swell Yarn Shop Original Duet in Hip Chic

Needles: US 2.5/3.0 mm

Start Date: July 18, 2008

End Date: July 20, 2008

Comments: When I saw that someone had knit this little cardigan using Duet I knew I had to too. I was a bit nervous about knitting the 9-12 month size, but I wanted to use as much of the Duet as I could and have the cardigan big enough for Cori to wear once it gets colder. Anxiously I knit all weekend ending up with just scraps leftover at the end. Hooray!

I knit the whole body first saving the sleeves for last as I figured I could always make it a short sleeve cardigan if I ran out of yarn. Using my handy dandy kitchen scale I was able to determine the exact amount I could use on each sleeve so that at least they would be even. In the end I was able to knit them with all the necessary decreases. Another hooray!

I skimped a little on the borders as I knew that is where I would have trouble for sure as there is only so much contrast color (the brown). I knit about 6 rows for the top, bottom, and cuffs, but did 9 for the plackets. I got completely off on the collar and it came out more a seed stitch then a mistake rib, but it looks cute, so it’s staying.

If anyone else is brave enough to try to knit the wraplan using one skein of Original Duet, please be aware that even a couple yards difference or a gauge difference or a slightly longer body, etc., could cause a yarn shortage. Knit the 9-12 month size at your own risk! 8)

Back to Summer of Sock 2008 knitting…

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Mystery

I spent all weekend knitting, but not socks! I still have to wash and block it so until then, can you guess what I’ve knit?

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New Arrivals

I am on a yarn diet. Babies absorb a lot of money and yarn is a luxury so I’m cutting back on my intake. I am only getting yarn now from 1) the sock clubs I’m in that I joined earlier, 2) through trades, or 3) from money I make from destashing. With that said, their have been a few new arrivals in the house.

To begin with here is the first skein of yarn in the Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn Club Summer 2008. The color is Lovely Lollipop Sky and it is so perfect for summer. Along with the yarn, there was a little button and a tape measurer. I am already looking forward to the next installment.

The next yarn was tough to get, but I lucked out and got the heads up right when the store was restocking. It’s a skein of Twisted Fiber Art yarn. I got the Netherfield colorway on their Arial base yarn (superwash merino). No wonder this stuff flies off the virtual shelves. It’s so squishy and lovely.

The colors are muted and it is one of their “mutating variegate” colorways so the colors will shift as you knit. They also included a nice little sample in their Giles color.

I was then lucky enough to find a skein of Twisted Kabam! (their bamboo blend) being destashed on Ravelry. The color is Firefly and I think it is such a neat colorway.

Finally, a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie in the color Hoofle Foofle came from a trade. I have been really drawn to the color yellow lately. Not sure why, but suddenly I’m buying shirts and yarn in yellow. Anyone else noticing they are being drawn to a particular color lately?

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sos yarnSummer of Socks 2008 officially began this past Saturday. For those of you who don’t know, Summer of Socks (SOS) is a summer long knit-along for socks to celebrate summer while preparing for winter. The festivities include prizes for different sock events like most socks knitted or random drawings for completed socks in two week periods. I will not even be trying for most socks knitted, but I am going to try to complete at least one pair every two weeks to go in for those prize drawings. I spent Friday winding the yarn I plan on knitting for SOS (Pictured above. From the left, clockwise: Socks that Rock (STR) Torridon, Yarn Chef Minestrone In the Pond, STR Foo Foo, Lorna’s Laces Simply Socks, STR Little Bunny Foo Foo, sKnitches Rugby, Wollmeise Poison Nr. 5 dunkel).

zombie socksI cast on for two different pairs on Saturday. My first pair is my concentration pair. These are the socks that take a little bit more focus. I chose the Zombie pattern and my Wollmeise Poison Nr. 5 dunkel. I hadn’t knit with Wollmeise before, but now I know what all the fuss is about. Wow! What a nice spin and stitch definition! I knew I had to pick a dark yarn for these socks (who ever heard of a light happy Zombie?) and I am so glad the yarn and pattern are working so well together. The only drawback to this pairing is that I cannot work on these at night. I do not have a lamp close by in the living room and my eyes just can’t cope with the little black stitches in low light.

rugby socksThe second pair of socks I cast on for on Saturday are a plain vanilla sock using another first time yarn, sKnitches Syncopation in the Rugby color. Another winner! This yarn has a nice texture and the colors are so much fun. I love doing simple toe-up socks with self-striping yarn. It’s perfect knitting for while watching TV or chatting at knitting group.

I started these socks using my new Knit Picks Harmony double point needles, but after a little while I had to switch out to the Knit Picks nickel plated double points. I really do not like the points on the Harmony needles. Bummer. I bought the whole set of sock needles as I had heard good things, but I don’t know if I’ll ever use them. I think they will end up on my destash page on Ravelry. Oh well.

Anyone else joining in the Summer of Socks?

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The other day I received my third package in the Words and Wool Sock Club (the going away present my Illinois knitting group designed for me). Tamara was the mastermind behind this package and it is just wonderful. I know she saw me drooling over this Jojoland Melody at the Midwest Folk & Fiber Fest and, lucky me, she picked out two gorgeous colors! Tamara has also always been very supportive of my Hello Kitty obsession and included some adorable Hello Kitty ziploc bags. I love them. 🙂 Thank you so much, Tamara! This package was a lovely surprise. I wish I could bring it to Group this week and show it off.

The latest yarn from the Zen Yarn Garden Art Walk Club was also delivered recently. This month’s inspiration painting is Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The yarn has all the depth and beauty of the painting I just don’t know what pattern to knit. Any suggestions?

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