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Monday, November 10, 2008

catching bullets

my brain's all over the place the past week, i don't even dare try to number these :)

* the asymmetrical cardi grows.


norah gaughan has created a super interesting construction here-- you knit the two front panels separately, increase on either side for the arms, work out the neck opening on either side, then join for the back and knit on down. fold at the shoulder, seam up the sides and under the arms for a non-interrupted pattern (and no need to set in sleeves when seaming.)

i've modded the arms to have more pattern and less cuff (and under the arms for a faster increase rate), we'll see if it works when its time to origami this thing up.

the color in both of these is really off... but who knew a cable could pop so much?


yay o-wool :)

* i went to the bay area bead extravaganza and brought home fistfuls of new pearl strands for my knitting stitch marker shop. my new favorite? biwa stick pearls. paired with other pearls and semiprecious stones the stitch markers look like little surfers on surfboards...

biwa stick pearl knitting stitch markers at

less valleygrrl but still fun...

stitch markers
sample of what's to be added to the shop over the next week

* i warned christina. when i went to this month's tahki stacy charles yarn tasting at article pract, i warned xtina i'd sit up at night and weave all of the yarn samples when i went home (i took my weave-it instead of knitting needles). which wasn't bad...

top left and clockwise: takhi tweedy alpaca, filatura di crosa zara, loop d loop moss, s charles trapper

...because, oh do i love stacy charles collezione trapper. 70/30 merino-cashmere, very reminiscent of felted tweed. but cashmere. oy. i want to marry it and have red tweedy babies. or a sweater. or knit it a sweater.

filatura di crosa superior may object though. i can't tell who's been leading who on.


i think there's enough squares to tack them together tip to tip (five times fast!) and end up with a cravat. of brushed cashmere and silk.


absolutely gorgeous woven up, the cashmere just fills in the blanks.


doesn't it always?

seriously, superior is the most decadent feeling yarn i've ever, ever encountered. thinking hard about making mary-heather's lace capelet with it (only one skein of superior! and i have a 25% coupon from the yarn tasting for as many tahki yarns as i'd like!)

* speaking of weaving, while at article pract (best yarn store in the bay area), i fell down on the no more yarn oh goodness no the boxes are still overflowing sort of not announced diet i've been on.

a verb for keeping warm 70/30 alpaca-silk

don't tell anyone, but i think kristine sold her soul to be able to dye such glorious colors using only natural dyes.


how could i help myself though? it is an article pract staff pick for november (20% off!) and can you imagine what a great scarf it'll make? i'm really drawn to green lately too. weird.

* if you're in the bay area, this wednesday (11/12) there's a spinning meetup at knitoneone in berkeley between 7 and 9pm. well lit studio space (plenty of room for wheels tho i'm bringing a spindle) and BARTable via ashby. it's really neat sitting in a circle of spinners. tactile fiber arts' trunk show will still be on display, if you need a fiber/yarn fix mid-spinning :)

more info here on ravelry in the bay area spinners forum. we're renting the space ($60) and splitting the cost amongst us-- last time we had about ten people? good times! i'm bringing wisteria for show and tell :)

photo by wondermike-- header for the fabulous yknit podcast re: knit one one!

* did you have a good hallowe'en? we did. yes we did ;)


i think i'm all caught up :)

miss you!


lexa said...

Have you ever been busy!

You've got a sweet little Batman there. :)

Rachel said...

Batman is getting so big. What a great expression he has. Very heroic. :)

The cardi looks great and the construction is so interesting. Might have to queue it up...

adrienne said...

The cardigan looks great! I'd love to make one, but crazy construction makes me nervous. (that's my one problem with Norah Gaughan's patterns!)

And yes, Superior. Nicest yarn ever!

Anonymous said...

I bought a ton of FDC Superior from WEBS when they had it on closeout ($13 a skein!). Now that Filatura di Crosa is shutting down, I hear there are good deals to be had... see this thread if you haven't already.

Pamelamama said...

what a beautiful child!

MaryjoO said...

love your blog as usual ... and then went immediate to get some of that Verb for keeping warm yarn -- can't wait!

And do keep us up to date on that cardigan -- looks very interesting!

WonderMike said...

That batman costume is the cutest!!! Thanks for the podcast props, Dahling.

WonderMike said...

Uh, and those flat pearls are so darned cool!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Love the cardigan, love the stitch markers - stones and pearls rock! Batman looks fantastic. All around great!

Anonymous said...

I love those texture close-up shots. It looks like an alien landscape. Can't wait to see the finished sweater!

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