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


    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)


    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

  • Advertisements

Archive for June, 2008

A meme? Ohh, pick me!

Posted by Amber on June 29, 2008

I saw this on Leigh’s blog, and decided I didn’t care if I wasn’t tagged — I was doing it anyway.  I think I’m too tired to come up with fresh content.

Here’s the 50 most used yarns from Ravelry (April 7, at least).  Bold is a yarn you’ve used and would use again; italics are yarns you’d like to try; and strike yarns you’ve tried, but wouldn’t use again.

1, Cascade 220 Wool – Nothing personal, just didn’t really float my boat.
2, Patons Classic Wool Merino – Again, not a boat floater
3, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted – Never tried, but I typically prefer plied yarns for durability
4, Noro Kureyon – strikingly enough, I don’t think I’ve ever tried Kureyon (although I’ve used other Noro yarns)
5, Caron Simply Soft – Got past that phase!
6, Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid –  Made some dishcloths, no desire to make anymore.
7, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted – I swatched (I got two balls as part of a swap where the person had felt she wasn’t sending me enough — anyone want a ball and three-quarters of bright red?) – single ply and mohair aren’t for me
8, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Solids – Haven’t used but don’t intend to!
9, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid – I’ve used the bulky (see below) and no intent to use the regular!
10, Noro Silk Garden – I know I’ve been complaining about single ply yarns – but I do love some silk garden for a hat!
11, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) A favorite!
12, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes – I’ve swatched, but haven’t made a project.  I just feel like there are better yarns where I don’t have to join every 50 grams!
13, Lion Brand Homespun I got so frustrated I ended up throwing it across the room at one point.  About a week later I pulled the needles out and dumped the tangled mess in the trash
14, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease – I’ve used for two projects and I have more in my stash.  Not a big fan of most of the new colors (every now and then I want a bright color!)
15, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi – Another sock favorite!
16, Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool – Eh.  I know a lot of people rave, but thick n’ thin single ply just isn’t my game.
17, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky – Since I didn’t like the regular, I doubt I’d like the bulky.
18, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran – I feel like I have used this — but can’t think of what or where or when.  I know we had it at the store for a long time, and the yardage was small in my opinion – there are other yarns with better yardage, so why bother?
19, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Lightweight – I just bought some more off Jessica yesterday!
20, Plymouth Encore Worsted  – I’ve swatched, wouldn’t run out to buy more.
21, Cascade 220 Heathers – Haven’t tried, but I’m so indifferent to Cascade.
22, Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints – Again, I’ve made my share of dishcloths.
23, Zitron Trekking (XXL) – It feels a little rough in the ball to me – although I hear it is extra durable.  Maybe if one lands in my lap some day…
24, Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) –  Never tried, but I hear it’s best for felting projects, and I don’t really care to felt.
25, Rowan Kidsilk Haze – I’ve knit and ripped a few times, that counts right?  I just need to get the right project at the right time (when I have the mental energy to stay focused on mohair)
26, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino – LIke the aran – I feel like I’ve used this, but can’t place where.
27, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Ombres
28, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece – would like to try, but don’t quite know for what yet.
29, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Mediumweight – Not sure I’d use it for socks again, but maybe.  Or for mittens!
30, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – Haaaaaaated this one.
31, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Solids
32, Cascade 220 Superwash – Haven’t tried, but indifferent about trying it.  Shelridge is my go-to 200 yard/ball superwash yarn!
33, Berroco Ultra Alpaca – I can’t wear alpaca, so I doubt I’ll ever try this one.
34, Knit Picks Swish Superwash – Like cascade – I have a go to superwash; and again, I have better things to do than join a new ball ever 50 g.
35, Knit Picks Essential – No big desire to try — I have a handful of other go-to sock yarns.
36, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solid
37, Colinette Jitterbug – I wouldn’t turn it down if some fell in my lap (in the name of trying new yarns), but I’ve heard enough mixed reviews I probably wouldn’t buy it myself.
38, Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid
39, Knit Picks Shine Sport – I’m vaguely curious, but with cotton-ease and some of the valley yarns blends, I’m not sure I’ll get around to trying this one.
40, Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull – I really want to remember to get some to try on mittens.
41, Lion Brand Microspun – Never again!
42, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino – Have some stashed, just need to get to it.
43, Knit Picks Palette – Also stashed, for mittens.
44, South West Trading Company TOFUtsies – Again, stashed.
45, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool – there’s a ton of vegetable matter, which I think is weird, because this is such a processed yarn.  But I like it anyway.
46, Mission Falls 1824 Wool – I’m halfway through a project that I’m going to frog — but I am going to do something else with the yarn, rather than swap it away.  That counts?
47, Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK – I made a hat.  I don’t know that I’d buy rowan specifically, but I wouldn’t turn it away either.
48, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Multis/Ombres
49, Rowan Felted Tweed – Stupid alpaca.
50, Rowan Calmer – I’d make a hat if one fell in lap, but I’m not sure I’d seek any out to buy it.
So, I’ve used 22 (44%) of them.  And I’d use 10 (20%) again.  But that’s sort of typical for me – I like to try new things, although I have a small handful of favorites (Shelridge, Koigu, Lorna’s, STR).  Although there’s only 7 (14%) on this list I want to try — But I guess I am a bit of a yarn snob (like that’s news to anyone)  and 15 (30%) of these are “craft store” yarns — and since I work in an LYS I don’t often find myself wanting a craft store yarn, since post discount, most of our yarns are cheaper than the craft store yarn (and better quality).


Posted in meme | Leave a Comment »

Summer of Socks!

Posted by Amber on June 22, 2008

Hey! It’s summer! And that means it’s summer of socks! I got started Saturday at Stitch with some Koigu I picked up when we first got it in (February?):


I was going to do plain old stockinette; but instead I went with MintyFresh‘s Anastasia Socks:

I know a lot of people have been buying sock yarn for Summer of Socks … I think I could knit entirely from my stash and win the most socks contest. I was playing with ravelry’s stash output-to-Excel feature… and um … I might have more than 14 miles of sock yarn at home. BUT! I still wanted to get on the consumer bandwagon, so a few weeks ago I got – Sock Blockers!

I found them on etsy, from seller thankewe. Super fast shipping and she adjusted the shipping estimate and refunded some of my money after they mailed! I guess I’m jaded – I expect people to hold the entire amount and say “Handling.” So it always makes me happy with these little things. And they sock blockers are really nice – lots of varnish and very smooth on the edges!

I love the blossoms!
I doubt I’ll finish sock #2 in two days, but I think these are going to be great bus-knitting, so maybe by Friday!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

FO: Labyrinth

Posted by Amber on June 16, 2008

Pattern: Labyrinth, by Wendy Bernard via Stitch Diva

Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo (7 balls, with tons left over) for the main body.  Tilli Tomas Beaded Lace in “Equity” (Stitch DC exclusive) for the trim.  I held the Tilli Tomas double; haven’t weighed the remaining balls to see how much is left.  The bamboo was splitty – I had to pay lots of attention to it to make sure I caught all the strands – and it made my hands hurt, but I loved it anyway.  Everyone who sees it asks if it’s silk.  And the subtle handdyed nature of the Be Sweet really comes out in the finished fabric.  It looks solid in the ball, and it doesn’t look variegated or anything.  It’s just a nice subtle reminder that the yarn was dyed by a person, and not a machine.


  • Changed gauge from 5 stitches per inch to 5.5 spi.
  • Since it’s top down raglan construction, I increased the size to 38″ – about -2″ of ease.  As written, I could have had either exactly 40″ or 36″.  I thought -4″ would be too tight; but 0 would be too loose.
  • Used M1 increases instead of KFB on the raglan.
  • I didn’t do any ballooning on the sleeves.  From the pictures with the pattern, I thought only the long sleeve version had ballooning.  It worked out perfectly – I had 77 stitches around — perfect for the 11 stitch ripple repeat).
  • Moved the shaping to the side “seam” (it’s seamless, so not really a seam, but you get what I mean, right?) instead of having it under the bust.

Suggested Mods: The only thing I would have done differently would be the ripple stitch:  I followed the pattern exactly:

But instead of doing two KF&B twice; I think (although I haven’t test knit this yet to see if it’s the right sub) it would work better and look nicer to sub: K2tog, K3, M1L, K1, M1R, K3, SSK.  More symmetric and a little cleaner.  (But then, I always prefer M1L/M1R to KF&B.

I also made it a touch shorter than I usually knit my sweaters – only 14″ from the underarm to hem.  I think this might be the first time I’m hoping it stretches a bit under it’s own weight!  But it’s still fine — I always wear camisoles under my handknits.

In all – I’m a big fan of this sweater.  It’s been a while since I managed to knit a sweater I like (aka, that I haven’t screwed up and needed to rip back) – so I’m thrilled to get to wear this one out.

Posted in fo, labyrinth, sweaters | 4 Comments »

While in Texas: Knit Purple Socks

Posted by Amber on June 9, 2008

A long, long overdue FO post:

Pattern: Anniversary Socks by Nancy Bush; from Favorite Socks

Yarn: Koigu KPM #3005; picked up at Stitches East 2007, Rosie’s Yarn Cellar’s Booth

Needles: US 1, Magic Loop

Mods: Decreased the entire sock to 60 stitches by removing some stitches from the stockinette panel. To keep the patterned portion on one needle, and the back & sole (plain) stitches on another I had something like 34 stitches on one side and 26 on the other side. But it worked out in the end!

Comments: Because there’s no patterning on the back of the leg, these are VERY quick to knit. Each sock took me about 2 days to knit (on a business trip to Texas). Now, those were typically a travel day and then a second day (where I got to knit in the airport; on the plane, and then while sitting around the hotel while waiting for coworkers to get ready for dinner — yay for business trips!) I did 5 repeats of the pattern on the leg, rather than I think the 7 or so the pattern suggested. I might have been able to get one more repeat from the ball.

I was a little surprised that there was no chart in the book – all written instructions. So I made my own little chart on a post it note (so could stick it on the seat back in front of me). Turns out – I didn’t need my chart, the pattern was super easy to memorize. And considering I couldn’t memorize the chart to my River Rapids socks, that says a lot.

Incidentally, the first photo is more color-accurate. Don’t you hate it when you just can’t get a color? I took like 10 pictures of a ball of green yarn, and spent an hour messing with the colors in Picnik and I STILL wasn’t happy.

The title of this post? On a different business trip to Texas, I knit some other purple Koigu socks that it seems never made it into a blog post:

Go With the Flow (by Evelyn Clark; also from Favorite Socks), also knit with Koigu (NR/No Repeat colorway), also from Rosie’s via Stitches (2006!). These were knit toe-up (thus being Go Against the Flow in my Ravelry notebook)

Posted in fo, socks | 2 Comments »

Summertime yarn!

Posted by Amber on June 4, 2008

So it doesn’t feel particularly summery today in the greater DC area. Huge storm mid afternoon, power was out all along my street (I have power, but no TV at home. Guess it’s time for a DVD!)

But, it feels summery in my house because I got two new yarns in the mail recently! First, about a week ago I got 9 balls of Valley Yarn Southwick to make Kate Gilbert’s Camellia:

Yes – that’s black! What an unusual choice for me, not going with the purple!

Southwick is a 52% pima cotton/48% bamboo blend — it has a very different feel than Classic Elite’s Cotton Bam Boo, but I think it will still work well. I need to go wash my swatch so I can get started on this sweater.

Next up, the Jimmy Bean’s/Lorna’s Laces special collaborative color – Blueberry Snowcone:

There’s always something new and purple-y in my house.

And can I just say how continually happy I am with Jimmy Beans? I ordered the yarn on SUNDAY, and here it is today! All the way from NEVADA.

I’m not sure what pattern I’m going to use – I never really know with Lorna’s until I cast on. If you have a favorite LLSS-Multi pattern – let me know!

Posted in new yarn | Leave a Comment »