Yarny Goodness!

Another super exciting fun knitblog

  • November Knit Goals

    I'm prone to being a scatterbrain, so I try to make a short list of things to accomplish each month (lest I have 27 different non matching socks).

    Same as last month: Sleep more. Study more. Knit more. Sleep more.

  • Sweater-a-Month 2008

    Cabled Hoodie: Cascade 220 - Needs seams

    Urban Aran

    Mariah: Ella Rae Classic

    Tricot

    Tubesque: Noro Garden + ???

    CeCe: Silky Wool

    Lucy in the Sky

    Rogue: Handspun - Needs seams

    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bog Jacket

    Ribbi Cardi: Cotton Ease (Blue/White)

    Ruffled Surplice (spring 07 Interweave): Yard TBD

    Red Carpet Convertible

    Silk Corset Top: Alchemy Synchronicity

    Eyelet Rib Cardi (inspired by Spring 07 Interweave)

    Bella Paquita: Shelridge? Karabella? Sublime?

    A top down set in sleeve sweater (a la Barbara Walker)

    Giselle

    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

Archive for January, 2008

Bees – Only two sheets to the wind now

Posted by Amber on January 14, 2008

Drunken Bee #1.  I’m using Koigu KPM (color 2236) that I bought at Purl a very, very long time ago.  I love the way the honeycomb extends down the heel:

Funny story.  (Funny shoot yourself, not funny ha-ha.)

Less than halfway through the sock, it seemed I was more than halfway through my yarn.  I started to panic because I only had two balls.  So I decide to find the ball band, see what color it was, and order some more – even though I didn’t think I could get the same dyelot, I could alternate skeins on the second sock or something. 

I have four ball bands from KPM, although I’ve only made 1 pair of socks with KPM before.  A bit upsetting, considering I didn’t think I had taken the ball bands off any other balls except this gray one (I bought it before I had a swift, so when they offered to wind I gladly said yes!).  I could rule out one band right away – it was color NR, and I had the good sense to write “Go with the flow socks” on the back.  One had no color.  One was color 3005, and one was color 2236.

I google and google, and I can’t find ANYTHING made with KMP 3005.  And 2236 is gray (but check out purl’s selection, 2290, 2400, 2425, and 1030 are also a nice gray with hints of blue and purple).  Also, I have some vintage koigu sitting around.  One of the labels had a price tag for $10.40!  Not on sale!

Finally, I realized that I bought some Kersti at the same time – and I own far less Kersti (only 3 colors, two of which are still in hanks with the bands), and the one kersti band I had in my box of ball bands had a specific style of price tag; and the KPM 2236 label had the same style of tag — so I’m reasonably confident that the unknown colorway was 2236.  Keep your fingers crossed for me until it shows up.

/story.

Of course, then, as I continued on the foot, I started to think I wasn’t going to run out.  I still had a bit when I was coming into the toe.  But in the end, I did need to tap into the second ball I already had in order to finish:

Now I’m just waiting for my new batch to come in (I ordered two more balls from Purl, thinking I was going to use like a ball and a half to make the first sock).  I’m going to make sock #2 out of batch 2 (the toe takes maybe, maybe 5 yards from the second ball) and then have two balls from different dyelots for future gray socks (toe up!)

Of course, now there’s the problem of what to work on until that comes…

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Happy New Year! Happy Cashmere Scarf!

Posted by Amber on January 2, 2008

I sort of fell off the radar – I have been on a finishing kick lately!  And it was my birthday!  I turned 26 and all of my friends came out for dinner!  It was the best birthday ever!  We went to Jaleo and it was awesome.  I also drank close to an entire pitcher of sangria, and had my very first hangover the next day.  That wasn’t so fun.

I have so many knit-things to tell you about!  Let’s start with my favorite…
Quivik Cashmere Webs Scarf

Pattern: Quivik Webs, by Gayle Roehm, Interweave Knits Holiday 2007

Yarn: Karabella Supercashmere Fine, 2 balls; color 87

Needles: US 5 Addi Lace

Time: One month – December 2007.  I was pinning it out on the floor to block at 11 pm on the 31st.  Par-tay!

Size:  I went with the “wide” scarf – 5 peaks.  It blocked to 8 inches x 72 inches.  Just draped around my neck it hangs to my knees, and doubled over it hangs just to my waist.

Notes:

  • That’s a lot of garter stitch.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of garter lace more than stockinette, because of the lack of curling (hate the curling!) but it’s a lot of garter stitch.  A lot.  I was making deals with myself to finish it up at the end.  At least all the orenburg style things I have in the queue have a border, so there will be something going on in there.
  • I think this blog post was the most useful thing I came across.  (Me, I wouldn’t have said “there’s a 5 stitch garter border in this part of the scarf” if that blasted row 4 didn’t have a 5 stitch border!)
  • Supercashmere Fine is fiiiiine.  I must find another scarf pattern so I can use this!  I know, I usually like to try different yarns, but I don’t care!  It was lovely to work with.
  • Lace is fun! The knitting was just so so, but watching it open up when blocking was amazing.  This has totally rekindled my flame for my long forgotten Mountain Stream Scarf!  The Faux Russian StoleOrenburg Style Scarf [pdf]!


I wore it all day, just to show it off to people.

I used almost every single T-pin I own, pinning it down about every half inch (string blocking is great, but it still pulled in all narrow in the middle).

Fake blocking board – checked fabric and some old towels.  The scarf comes in right at 6 feet long, and alas my checkerboard fabric was only 3 feet long.  So out came the scissors and in half with the fabric!  I I think 1 yard cost me something like $2, so if I find myself in pinch without big square, I can always go get a new section, and have this to block scarves.  It also causes a headache something fierce when you stare at it for too long

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