Sheared Bliss


FO Friday: Ragg* and Bone**
February 28, 2014, 8:00 am
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Rag and bone man, picking up the tin can,
Throwin’ it all in his donkey wagon.
Rag and bone man, coming down the street,
Come around here ‘bout every other week.

~ “Rag and Bone,” Gaelic Storm

Pattern: Iced

Yarn: Pure Luxury Organic Peruvian Alpaca by Cottage Industry (discontinued) in color 1 (cream) and 5 (gray).  I bought this yarn years ago.  I was a newish knitter and a friend from my knitting group had stumbled across a yarn store that was going out of business and selling off their inventory (on Ebay, maybe?).  New knitter me though “Ooh, alpaca, fancy!” and bought two bags of each of the three colors on offer (cream, gray, and brown) and then proceeded to do not much with it.  I made an Aleita Shell with the cream, which I loved and was very proud of.  Sadly, I finally had to admit that I never wore it because it was too short waisted and made me do the Picard maneuver so I passed it on to a friend who could wear it.  And so, I still had a large amount of brown and gray and a slightly less large amount of cream kicking around the stash.  When I decided to do Iced I did some swatching and some math (crazy, right?) and figured out that I got gauge if I held three strands together and I would have enough yardage if I used one strand of cream and two strands of gray.  *Ragg is a yarn formed of two strands of dyed wool and one strand of undyed wool.

Notes: I started this several years ago (ah, yes, here we go, it was definitely in the WIP pile over three years ago), finished everything except one and a half sleeves, stalled out, had a baby, blah blah blah.  I finally picked it up and finished it this winter and I’m so glad I did.  It’s super warm and comfy and I’ve been wearing it a lot.  Unfortunately, given the lag time between starting and finishing, I don’t remember a whole lot of details.  I seem to have used the US size 11 needles the pattern calls for and knit the large size.  I worked the bottom edge of the sweater and the cuffs in garter stitch to match the shawl collar because I didn’t like the unfinished look of curled edges that the pattern calls for.  I think those are the only real changes I made.  **I finished it off with hand carved bone buttons from here.



Pink Grapefruit
January 28, 2012, 12:10 am
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Pattern: Citron

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 630 Fondant (this color appears to have been discontinued)

Notes: I cast this on months ago, before Wiggles was born, with the vague thought that it might be nice to have some small shawls to use as nursing covers.  The pattern makes a light, lacy, delicate, feminine shawl without any actual lace knitting.  It was a straightforward knit and went relatively quickly until the last few sections.  It sat for quite a while with just the final ruffle left to go because by that point the rows were looking like this: K3, [kfb] in each st to next marker, k3. 540 sts.  I finally finished it up this past week.  I didn’t make any major modifications, but I don’t think I knit the full 11 rows that the pattern calls for in the final ruffle because I was running out of yarn.  I also had to do a weird, improvised, backwards sort of bind off.  I miscalculated and knit one more row than I should have on the ruffle and, at that point, it was easier to invent a new bind off than to rip back a row because the mohair halo makes this yarn a nightmare to frog.  We haven’t tried it out as a nursing cover yet, but I’m hoping it works and the mohair isn’t too tickley for Wiggles because it would certainly be more stylish than using a receiving blanket.



Surprise!
November 24, 2009, 9:19 pm
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Over the past month I’ve been participating in a secret pal swap through Knitty and it’s been super fun.

Here’s the gist for those of you who’ve never heard of this: You’re paired with both an “upstream” and a “downstream” pal.  You send fun goodies to your downstream and your upstream does the same for you.  It’s awesome because you get the fun of cyber-stalking someone to figure out what sorts of things they would like and you can be as creative as you like in picking them out, packaging, and sending them.  Plus, you have someone doing the same for you so you get a box of awesomeness to open too.

Well, my box of awesomeness arrived yesterday and I’m thrilled.

  • Pretty Cheep Project Bag – super cute with a picture of a purple bird on it and useful because all of my other project bags are only half this size.
  • Amy’s Blend spiced rooibos tea from Caribou Coffee – very exciting as I’ve not tried rooibos yet.
  • Eucalan wool wash – I usually wash my woolly things in Dawn so I’m thrilled to have some fancy soap for my special things.
  • Lucy’s Chocolate Factory toffee crunch bar – Yum!
  • A skein of Wisdom Yarns’ Los Angeles sock yarn in brown, red, yellow, and blue – who doesn’t need more sock yarn, and such pretty colors!
  • Two skeins of Berroco Pure Merino in a beautiful dark teal – so soft!
  • One skein of a very bulky, natural colored wool yarn from Bartlett Yarns – this is the smooshiest yarn I’ve ever felt, it’s like hugging a sheep (without all of the wiggling and baa-ing and poop).

Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh secret pal of mine.  Now, my secret pal didn’t tell me her name, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s Christy.  Yoohoo, Christy!  Care to confirm or deny?

PS: If you’d like to see what I put together for my downstream, check out Lynn’s blog,  Froggy Knittery.