Malabrigo

Pile of Malabrigo. There’s some Rios, some Worsted, and a bunch of Sock in there.

Also, check out class info for September and October.

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Frabjous Fibers Color Pack of the Month

 

 

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Frabjous Fibers mini skein Color Pack of the month. “With What Porpoise?” Indeed. I have five of these. They are spectacular.    Spearmint Tea is a free pattern that the team at Frabjous highlighted with this shipment.

Also, if you missed this morning’s email from Yarn Folk, you can find it here.

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Story of a sweater

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This sweater is Berenice, designed by Julie Hoover for the Brooklyn Tweed Kids collection. I love the yarn (Mountain Meadow Wool’s sport weight Cody), and the design, and how well the pattern is written. Still, I’m not 100% happy with the finished sweater, and guess whose fault that is? Yup, mine.

I’ve used Mountain Meadow Wools–both Cody and Jackson (a substantial DK) in a number of different projects. It is a super soft, lively, bouncy wool that is FUN to knit with. It’s hard to explain it without saying that it feels alive, somehow. I’ve used it for the Wurm Hat, a Vector scarf, a Baby Surprise Jacket, Lempster, and Barrett. So I’m not lacking experience with it. And I know that it is hand-dyed, and there can be variations in tone within the same dye lot. No problem, right? It’s a small sweater!

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The first two skeins were so closely matched that they were virtually indistinguishable. Those two carried me through all of the back, and up to the armhole of the front. (Because it’s a dolman style short sleeve, those two pieces are all there is, except for the added ribbing.) I changed added a third skein at the sleeve shaping on the front, and then proceeded to finish knitting the front. Mostly in dim lighting, and I was concentrating on some “at the same time” shaping–sleeves, shoulders, neckline. And when I finished, you could see where I’d changed skeins, clear as day.

For the two adult sweaters I made, I alternated skeins throughout. Grown-up sweaters–it was just the smart thing to do. I don’t know why I thought I didn’t need to for the smaller one. My solution was to pull both pieces back to the underarm, and start alternating there. You can still see the transition, but it is at least the same on front and back, and it’s much less prominent than it was.

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But you can still see it. You never know; someday, I might reknit the whole thing. I’m not up to it right now. It’s a gorgeous pattern, knit with a wonderful yarn–made imperfect by an imperfect knitter. That’s how things go sometimes, right?

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Just a little back order…

The two newest colors of Plymouth Yarn Company’s Mushishi–Indigo Black and Lipstick Black

How about this
or this
or this
or this

I could go on.

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No further comment necessary.

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So soft.

As in: 19-19.5 microns. Aslan Trends Royal alpaca.

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Mini mania

Hmm, suddenly I want to do a color work project… Could this pile of Peace Fleece mini skeins have anything to do with that???

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Newborn photo props

So many cute ones, but this about takes the cake. In Cascade Yarns Bentley.

Pattern available for in-store purchase.

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Good smellin’

I don’t know about you, but new Lo-Lo Bars make me smile.

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More from Frabjous Fibers

Also in the box were color morphing mini skein packs in Cheshire Cat, the Wonderland fingering weight. I used one for Pigment, designed by Lee Meredith. A joyful knit, using Frog Tree Pediboo for the main color. The pattern is written for multiple sizes, and virtually any weight of yarn. And I have leftovers–enough for another project. What will it be??

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pigment

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