Knittin' mittens for ma kittens!

Friday, January 13, 2006

The yarn cuddling phenomenon...surely I'm not alone

I still have a (relatively) small stash, so any new additions are cause for excitement in the casa del RepoRebo. I finally got around to taking a few pictures of my new additions to the fiber family, and what better place to show them off than here on my new blog?

Stash enhancement


-two balls of Sierra Collection Peruvian Aran from, in color Cinnamon. I ordered nine and am using it for Veste Everest. It feels just wonderful, the 20% alpaca really makes it soft and squishy! The yarn is rather loosely plied, which isn't so great, but I'm living with it.

-I had been eyeing this yarn at my LYS, and finally decided to buy it to celebrate my new job...and discovered when I went to the register that it was on sale for 30% off!! I've never seen this yarn anywhere else, and it's so smooth and soft that I sometimes cuddle it while watching TV. *shame* I love the colors and the texture! I don't have a specific project in mind for it, but I think it will make lovely trim for mitten cuffs...once I get around to knitting mittens, that is. A close-up, so you can drool along with me:

Maggi's Mohair Loop

-Next up is one ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Wicked. I wanted to try this yarn, since it's so smooth and looks so lovely when knit up, but it's just so damn EXPENSIVE that I only got one ball. Plus I've read that some people really hate working with it, so I figured one ball would be good for an experiment. I'm thinking a shoulder wrap or capelet will be nice knit out of this.

-I got this in the mail yesterday...two hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Bucks bar (one wound into a ball.) I looooove Lorna's Laces. Love it love it LOVE IT. I am a Lorna's Laces addict, and these colors are exactly what I wanted. Now to find the perfect sock pattern for it! I'm thinking Conwy from Knitting On the Road (which I caved and bought at Border's last week) but that could change.

-And finally, Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool Quarters in Clearwater. I'll use it for the Friday Harbor Socks from KOTR. Also wonderfully squishy, and has also been subjected to "yarn cuddling."

I think I can safely say I have enough yarn to last me for some time. And now that I've been assigned my Secret Pal from the Knittyboard Mellow SP, I can use that as an incentive not to spend any more money on yarn for myself!

Vest Evereste progress

I'm making slow progress on Veste Everest...the Jaywalker socks are getting most of my attention these days, but I really want to finish the vest before spring, so that I can wear it this season. I had some tension issues the first go-round and ripped back, but now I think things have improved. I'm trying a trick I learned from Nona's blog in order to keep my ribbing looking nice...wrapping the first purl stitch after the knit stitch clockwise instead of counterclockwise. It seems to be tightening things up, but this yarn is so loosely plied that I think I'm going to have to live with the fact that the stitches aren't all going to be perfect and even. I don't think it's going too badly, though.

Vest Everest Close

My first tubular cast-on! That was fun, and looks great to boot.

To the experienced bloggers: can anyone tell me how to edit my HTML to make the subject field wider? I'd like to post the "medium" size pictures from Flickr instead of just the small ones, but as my layout is now, they end up breaking the tables. I can't seem to figure out which part of my HTML to change! If anyone can help, I appreciate it. :D


  • No, you're not alone! I've also been known to cuddle with my stash... shhhh!

    The vest looks awesome. I can't believe you've only been knitting for six months!

    - Your SP

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:21 PM  

  • No, you're not alone! I've also been known to cuddle with my stash... shhhh!

    The vest looks awesome. I can't believe you've only been knitting for six months!

    - Your SP

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 PM  

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