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Schoppel Wolle Ambiente

April 2nd, 2011 1 comment

Stopped by Charlotte Yarn and couldn’t resist picking up a couple of balls of Schoppel-Wolle Ambiente. I loved the crisp delineations in the spacing. A little pricey, but hey, you only live once.

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More show yarn – Claudia Handpaints

March 13th, 2011 3 comments

Picked these up at another trade show recently.

Claudia Sharks
Claudia Hand Painted fingering weight in colorway Sharks

Claudia Eat Your Veggies
…in colorway Eat Your Veggies…

Claudia Plumilicious
…and in colorway Plumilicious.

These are going to make some amazing socks.

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I may be an addict.

March 29th, 2004 No comments

Okay, so I go by one of my local yarn stores to get a $1 stitch holder (aka glorified safety pin). While I’m there, I’m carrying my booga bag, and everybody oohs and aahs gratifyingly over it. Then the yarn saleslady motions to me and says, “We’ve got some new stuff in the back room, haven’t even put it out yet!” She takes me back there and lets me caress the yarn. Hmm… I come in for a one dollar thingie, and they want me to caress the $19 skeins of Big Kureyon. I’m pretty sure they’re trying to feed my habit. Suppliers are the same everywhere! I’m doomed!

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It IS easy being green!

March 10th, 2004 No comments

I decided to quit waffling, already, and finish the second hat. I didn’t give it a point like the boob hat had, and when I screwed up a stitch finishing the crown in the My Gym waiting room, I thought, “eh, she’ll never know” and kept knitting. It turned out better than it looked like it was going to in the first picture. In fact, she loved it, as you can see. Sometimes you shouldn’t overthink things.

For those who care about such things:
1 skein kureyon
size 9 16″ circular and double-pointed needles.
Long-tail cast-on.
On circular needles, co 88 stitches. Place marker at beginning of row.
Knit in the round for about 4 1/2 to 5 inches.
To decrease:
row 1: From marker, *k9, k2tog* repeating * to end of row.
row 2: knit
row 3: *k8, k2tog* repeating * to end of row.
row 4: knit
row 5: *k7, k2tog* repeating * to end of row.
row 6: knit
Switch to double-pointed needles when the work gets too small.
Keep repeating this pattern until you’re down to, like, 32 stitches or so. Then omit the plain knit row and just keep up the decrease pattern, otherwise you’ll get down to 4 stitches and have a boob point. Unless that’s your thang.
When you’re down to 8 stitches (or 4, to taste) using yarn needle, pull end of yarn through remaining stitches and weave in ends. (Or cheat like me and knot it).

FYI, I have a 22 inch head, so you can figure that with 88 stitches, your gauge is probably going to be about 4 stitches to an inch.
(2008 note – at the time I wrote this pattern, I was a tight knitter. You might want to pop down to a size 8 needle.)

Math AND fashion! It’s the ultimate geek girl craft!

I h8 cheap yarn.

January 25th, 2004 2 comments

This will be of absolutely no interest to anyone but other knitters, and I don’t know how many of those we have in DR. But let me just be up front and say don’t be a piker on yarn.

I was knitting a fuzzy purple scarf for Tessima, and one of the girls at My Gym was admiring it. I told her if I had enough yarn left over, I’d make her one too. Well, I didn’t have enough Plymouth Firenze left over, and I don’t know this girl that well, so I thought I’d try it with the cheap stuff, Bernat Boa from my local Michael’s craft shop.

Big mistake.

I’ve seen some bloggers posting about how soft this stuff is. It’s not soft. It’s like wearing barbed wire wrapped in fake feathers. The Firenze is soft and fuzzy, and it’s hard to stop stroking it. It’s dyed in nice long strips, so the color is in wide bands. The Bernat changes color every couple of inches. It looked like a giant iridescent zig-zag that was hurting my eyes while I was knitting it. I couldn’t unravel the Bernat fast enough to get it off my needles.

So now I know why the Bernat was $5 for a 50 gram ball and why the Firenze was $11 (yes, Tessima comped me). You really get what you pay for.

What’d Tessima’s scarf look like? Ask her! She still owes me a picture!

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