Friday, April 04, 2014

Noah Finale

Project:  Noah
Pattern Claudia by MJ Kim (Ravelry free download)
Yarn:  Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted, 100% merino
Yardage:  250 yards in stash, used about 150 yards
Needles: Size 6 & 8
Cast on: March 30, 2014
Cast off: April 3, 2014
Cost: stash yarn don't count

Notes: Knitted this hat for my husband cause the man is follicly challenged and likes to keep his head warm. The cable pattern is done on size 6 needles, then the rest on size 8, so it goes very fast. I did K1P2 for the top ribbing, instead of twist1P2, but I think because it's done on bigger needles it looks fine. The yarn is incredibly soft, and the man is happy with his new hat.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Finale: Spring 春天

Project:  Spring 春天
Pattern Ascalon by Christelle Nihoul (Ravelry free download)
Yarn:  Twisted Sisters Zazu Hand Paints, 100% Merino
Yardage:  1170 yards in stash, used about 1000 yards

Extra: 65 fresh water pearls
Needles: Size 6
Cast onDecember 31, 2013
Cast off: finished knitting March 3, 2014, finished adding the pearls March 22
Cost: about $30 for yarn
Previous entry: January 31

Notes: This is a lovely pattern with small cables and twisted stitches. It's knitted in one piece up and down, so there are relatively small number of stitches on the needle at a time. The garter stitch portion makes it easy and quick, and the pattern stitch border makes it interesting and engaging. The yarn being 100% merino wool is light and lofty, great to knit with but lack of drape. Adding the pearls helps creating a nice drape and extra sparkle. I'm very happy with the result.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Finale: Chunky Braided Scarf 粗辨子

Project:  Chunky Braided Scarf 粗辨子
Pattern Chunky Braided Scarf by Jimentina (free Ravelry download)
Yarn:  Wool/mohair blend, Kathryn's handspun
Yardage:  269 yards (3 skeins), used every inch
Needles: Size 10
Cast onMarch 4, 2014
Cast off: March 20, 2014
Cost: None

Notes: Kathryn, who blogs at Kathryn's Brain, sent me this yarn last year as part of her Pay-it-forward project. Yes, I'm that lucky! Here is her account about the yarn. I can't say enough good things about this yarn. It's soft and luxurious to the touch, yet has a firm hand to show off the cables. It's such a joy to knit with the yarn, and I think it's going to bloom nicely as I wear the scarf. It's going to be a true treasure in my wardrobe.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Stripe Three, Ends Ends Ends

Finished the third stripy scarf and sent it on its way to Ally B. I love having one of these projects in the car, so whenever I have a few minutes I'd have something to keep my hands occupied. The pattern is simple enough I can knit it without my glasses, and forgiving enough to use just about any odd ball yarn I have.

I ran into my friends at Green Planet Yarn at Stitches and they informed me that they had been keeping all the ends for me and there was a large stash of it for me to pick up. Well of course I had to get it. So last Sunday while watching the Oscars I had this big bag of ends in my lap, in the process of becoming a magic ball which in turn will become a scarf (or scarves).

We had couple of nice storms last week that brought us some much needed rain. It's not enough to relieve the severe drought, but it's so nice to hear the creek flowing again.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stitches West 2014 Review

Previous reviews: 2007200820092010201120122013, Market Preview

Another year, another Stitches. To start off, I can't tell you how fortunate I feel having the event practically in my back yard for the past decade. The Santa Clara Convention Center is 12 miles from my house, a perfect commute distance, so I can easily pop in for couple of hours or an afternoon. I don't have to "do it all" in one long day, like I did when it was in Oakland, more than 50 miles from home. As I read the discussions on Ravelry, see how far others have to travel here, I feel very very lucky to be here.

The Stitches events are much more than the Market, but after knitting intensely for over 15 years and working in yarn shops on and off, I'm not terribly interested in classes. I've never attended the opening day events, fashion show, or student fashion show, so I'm happy just skip them every year; and the Market becomes my playground.

This year I almost exclusively hang out in smaller, newer, more indie booths. I had an armful of cashmerino at Newton's Yarn Country and I put them all back. I didn't spend much time in the big booths like Webs or Yarn Barn. I was still on a mission to find the good non-superwash wool yarn between fingering and DK weight, for knitting sweaters and shawls. When I say "good" I mean smooth, soft, reasonably priced 100% wool in a nice color range. As with everything in life, sometimes the simplest is the hardest to do well.

Now a few more pictures from the market.

Spotted this poster in couple of booths, sounds like my kind of diet.
StevenBe. This guy has so much character, you have to check him out.
Norah Gaughan's Lempster in Webs booth, it looks so much better in real life
Dye materials at the Alpenglow booth
All the markers I got from the swap. Must do it again next year!

The loot,:
1. Top row from left, 3 skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Raspberry
2. Terilyn Needleart Heather in teal
3. Ellen's Half Pint Farm 100% Merino Sock in teal
4. 4 skeins Western Sky Knits BFL DK in deep blue
5. Bottom row from left, 2 skeins Abstract Fiber Rothko in red
6. Lisa Souza Polworth/Silk in marionberry (purple)
7. 5 skeins Alpenglow Yarn Lofty Corrie DK in strawberry fizz (red)
8  Next to the WSK blue yarn is a mini skein from Alpenglow for her part of the stitch marker swap
9. Stitch markers from the swap are on a bracelet on top of the red yarn
10. On the far left are some samplers from Miss Babs
11. On the very bottom are what's left of my own stitch markers for the swap

I'm proud to say that except for Ellen's sock yarn, everything I bought was non-superwash, almost all are hand dyed, some natural dyed. As for Ellen's yarn, I wore my Nightsongs to show her, and just had to walk away with something!

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