Adventurous April 2018

What Yarn Should I Knit With?

Yarncat

I looked through my stash this morning, hoping to find just the right yarn to use for the Elliebelly Knit Along, which starts August 13 — next Saturday.  And of course, I was immediately overcome with all the different possibilities.  I forced myself to pull just a few out, and I'm going to spend the next few evenings looking at possible patterns for them so I can be all ready to cast on in time for the start of the Knit Along.

It was lots of fun doing a bit of stash tossing, and I thought I would share my candidates with you. I would appreciate any ideas you have about patterns they might work with, so please chime in with a comment!

Copper patina

I've got just one skein of this Silk/Merino heavy worsted weight yarn in Copper Patina.  This was my first test skein for the colorway, and I love it — swatched it eons ago, but since I've just got the one skein, I've never found a good use for it.  I'm not even sure what the base yarn is — I think I bought just the one skein from KnitPicks right when they opened.  It's a nice yarn.  I wish I could identify it!  Possibly enough yarn here for mitts or a small baby/child item.

Crayon

Next I found these four skeins of Premium British Merino in the Crayon colorway.  This yarn is heavenly and I have never knitted with Crayon (one of those shoemaker's children going barefoot issues, I suppose).  Perhaps a vest for Ollie, although I wonder if at almost 9, his dignity would be challenged by the bright colors and the purple?  This yarn is definitely a contender.

Ollie'salpaca

Alpaca.  One of the true loves of my life!  This is "Eco" and I have about 3.5 skeins, having started to swatch it only to have the swatch commandered by Ollie who insisted on mitts.  Maybe I should knit him a hat and a scarf to go along with the mitts, or a vest?  This is a heavy worsted weight, so I don't think I've got enough left to do a sweater.

Organicmerino

One skein of my favorite worsted weight Organic Merino, being held by one of my favorite people.  This is likely enough for a newborn sweater, and I have a neighbor due with her third child this fall.  It would also make a cute little shrug for a slightly older child.  And, I love how the colors dance along this yarn.

Seasilk2

Seasilk3

This is a stunning, worsted weight blend of Silk and Seacell.  It's dyed in the Paintbrush Variation of Crayon, which on this yarn developed as a soft, subdued colorway.  It's been sitting on my desk since I dyed it a couple of months ago, because I couldn't bear to stash it away.  I've got about 500 yards of this yarn — it's itching to become something beautiful and I can't wait to knit with it.

Undyed

Here is my last option.  Five skeins of undyed, aran weight 100% silk, waiting to be dyed.  It could be anything from the most luxurious baby blanket ever to, well, I guess just about anything.  I love how it feels.  It would be an incredible pleasure to knit with.

There are the choices.  What do you think?

I hope you will join me, starting next Saturday, as we cast on for the Knit Along.  Use your Elliebelly yarn and knit any pattern you choose.  You can find more info on my Ravelry Group or by following this blog, and, of course, you can always include any questions in the comments here.  So, get your yarn and your pattern lined up, and let's get started!

Adventurous April 2018

Ann’s Handspun

Ann's handspun

My cousin Ann, who sews, knits, and quilts amazingly decided to take up spinning last year.  Her spinning is really beautiful.

Ann's handspun 2

You have to see her yarn up close to appreciate how neat of a twist she puts on it and how quickly she has become a fine spinner.  I have always been amazed by her — the woman manages to knit intricate Kaffe Fasset sweaters while stopped in traffic on her morning commute in LA — but her spinning really elevates an every day item into something of extraordinary beauty.

Ann's handspun 3

I'm going to see if I can get gauge with this yarn to do a square for Ellie's Barnraising quilt.  I tend to hoard and pet my handspun, but one of my new years resolutions is going to be actually knitting with it, so I'm going to try and get a headstart here.  This "string" is spun from Merino roving in the Elliebelly Copper Patina colorway.

I'll leave you all with a quick cat-update.  With cooler weater, Harry and Hermione, our Maine Coons, have become increasingly adventureous.  They seem to have an un-catlike knack for getting stuck high up in scraggilly trees that can't quite hold their weight.  On the plus side, they have been busy making friends (or at least achieving detente) with our new Doberman, a pony-sized dog named Hannibal.  Apparently, all of this has been too exhausting for Harry, who has decided to become dining room decor.  Isn't he handsome?

Harrytabledecor