yarn porning, i mean sourcing

I took a trip to Romni’s on sunday to pet and rate the new yarns comming in for fall. And to get a gist of the color schemes being produced as I’m going to start some knit-for-profit hats/scarves this season. I pet and took notes till they kicked me out to close the store. I fell in love with so many, but three stood out for practical uses.

1. Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran
Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran

My ever growing love for this brand exploded when I saw the Rialto Aran in this color combination. It’s an extra-fine merino that is said to have a crisp stitch definition and drapes beautifully.

For a better color estimate click here: http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/4240/

2. Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran: So incredibly soft. I’d knit a pillow case out of this it’s so damn soft. A mixture of silk and cashmere softens the 85% woolen base. it’s pallette is modern and has lots of darker colors- perhaps to break boyfriend sweater curse? I love the colorway names, very relaxing.
my picks:


Venetian


Quartz


Temple


Meadow

3. Miski Yarns – Miski I can see tons of hats being made out of this. The colors are so vibrant, in store. The teal blue practically screams look at me. It’s not the softest, but for hats it will do warmth wise. 100% Baby Lama
and a link to the color card, here.

Toby took some nice photos while we were there as well….checkiddoooouuuut.

Kelly’s Ribbed Bolero


Stitch Detail

Nice stitch mmm?

I bought yarn for this on a whim, one time while gathering kitchen supplies at walmart. Odd enough, there was no yardage on the band, or for most of the yarns that Walmart carries might I rant. Do complanies think that yardage is not necessary anymore? I mean, jeez, it’s only one of the three determining factors (weight, yardage, fiber) when picking a medium. Wtf.

Just a heads up that in Toronto, all variations of RedHeart, Bernatt and Georgia all do not have yardages listed. [/rant]


Cuffs up

Great however, is that I managed to get a whole shawl from one hank of the Redheart Wool/Acrylic blend. I was drawn to this color at once. Doesn’t it look like Twinkle’s Urchin? I think so. I always thought the color would flatter practically anyone.And it goes great with all the greys i’ve picked up for fall and winter. I used 5.5mm needles throughout, though I switched to straights after the ribbing as I found the double YO’s to be particularly difficult on circulars. The second YO gets too tight when sliding the lace along the needles over the join. Even using Addi’s so…use your own judgement (or save yourself some frigging and use mine ; )

It knit up quick and mindless but I will make some adjustments if/when I make patterns like these in future.


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See the slight sag by the armpit? I notice that everyone (on ravelry) has these too. Perhaps one should make the shoulder span measurement smaller than it actually is to account for the negative ease? Either way, I like it and wore it today for a trial run on my errands in the beaches.

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I didn’t tack down the collar, I like it popped- it’s a bit more ‘me’

Canadian Midwest Moonlight

In the constant need for subway knitting, here is Midwest Moonlight, from Scarf Style. I just can’t seem to go to work in the morning unless I know I’ve got something for that half hour ride. I was actually 20 minutes late today, just because I needed to get a project oganized. I didn’t wake up knowing I would be starting this today, but here she is:

I love the pattern a lot more than I thought I would. Just complicated enough to keep you engaged, not so daunting that I’m worried I’ll mess it up if I’m bleary eyed with fatigue. I’m not using anything fancy, yarn-wise. That’s just some icy blue acrylic that I bought years ago (remember a time when you didn’t know anything about fibre? that’s when I bought a huge bag of this stuff), that has a thin pearly strand in it. I actually really like it- it’s very soft, and has a lovely sheen.

And Thermal? why, it just needs a couple of buttons…

Le Tigre!

I am so close to finishing Thermal I can almost taste it- and just to give myself that little extra push to finish (and block, and sew on buttons, etc). I needed a quick knit that would give me a little FO satisfaction. Ladies and gentleman, may I present… Le Tigre! No need to be afraid- only his cuteness is fierce.

Pattern: Tiger with Dress

Yarn: generic acrylic craft yarn

Needles: 4 mm

Modifications: none.

Notes: Well, I didn’t make the dress yet, and now I don’t know if I will. I think I want a little yellow dress for him (tigers can cross-dress if they want to!), but I didn’t have the right yellow (butter-coloured would be pretty, I think). Now I’m wondering if I can still make the dress at all- I might not have positioned the arms properly for the sleeves. Hmmmmm.

Oh that tiger- he’s such a ham. And so darn photogenic.

You Know it’s Fall When Even Your Mug Wears a Jacket

It is with a certain amount of apprehension I’m busily preparing for my first swap- the Knit 1 Tea 2 Secret Swap. I’ve done lots of research on how to be a good swap pal (mostly by stalking the swap pal forum on ravelry). Part of the swap involves a ‘tea related’ knitted object. I’ve stalked my secret pal, and know that she prefers mugs. So, the mug jacket: The gratuitous use of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies is just to give it some context.

I used the great pattern from MK Carroll, which can be found here. And here is a blurry close up of the pattern (sorry, i was feeling too lazy to have another mug jacket photo shoot!)