Nearly there

Little mitts on thicker yarn have some distinct advantages.  They’re cozy as can be, and done in a flash.  I’m pretty sure this took about five minutes.

DSC_1111 copyAnd this five more.

DSC_1114 copyAnd this five more.

DSC_1254 copyAnd now of course it will take me about six weeks to finish the thumb and get around to weaving in the ends…  But that’s a whole separate issue and best not thought about now!

I’ve totally loved making these, but man is it time to get something in my more customary colors on the needles.  All this brightness is starting to get to me.  I’m thinking another pair of slippers.  And speaking of, those blue slippers everyone was so excited for are coming out on Tuesday!  If you want a reminder (and a coupon) when they come out, be sure you’re on the mailing list!

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One Down

Love it!

DSC_1103 copyI haven’t woven in all the ends yet (so. many. ends.).  But I’ve got enough in to know it fits and is comfy.  I was worried the rolled edge would feel bulky, but it really doesn’t.  I used needles one size bigger for the rolled bits, which seems counter intuitive, but totally works.  It makes the fabric a bit softer/floppier in those spots, so it doesn’t bind up or feel like it’s in the way.

DSC_1098 copyTotally worth filing away when you want the look of a rolled edge but want the fabric to stay well behaved!

Rolling

There are ways to keep the edges of your knitting from rolling, but sometimes you just need to relax and go with it.  And this is totally one of those times.

DSC_1093 copyI like how the rolled edge looks here.  It plays nicely with the texture in the bands, and it shows off the colors in the yarn beautifully.

DSC_1086 copyI’m going to have to wear it a bit to make sure it doesn’t feel awkward on my thumb, but I suspect it will be just fine.

What do you guys think?  Do you like rolled edges?  Or do they bug you?

Smitten

Yeah…so it is supposed to be a baby hat (that’s a lie, it’s sized to be a toddler/child hat, because I don’t like anyone enough to knit something they’ll grow out of in five minutes).  But if it were a few inches bigger around and an inch or two taller?  I’d totally rock that hat myself!

DSC_1063 copyAnd, as always, blocking takes what was generally adorable and makes it all tidy and orderly and just extra nifty in all ways.

DSC_1076 copyThose of you not blocking your hats are missing out on a treat, they really do deserve it!

DSC_1079 copyAnd me?  Well I might just happen to deserve some mitts in the same yarn!

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Instant gratification

Knitting is not generally an instant gratification sort of pursuit.  I mean sure, there’s the thrill of casting on and the satisfaction of finishing a row or a pattern repeat.  But to actually have a finished object, you’re generally going to have to put in the time.

baby hatBut every now and then, the right combination of mindless knitting (this about 80% stockinette) and project scope (it’s also intended for a child sized person) gets you there awfully quick.

baby hat 2Throw in the marvelously entertaining colors (Malabrigo’s archangel is more or less the only pink yarn I consistently like) and a lazy weekend and you’ve got one of my fastest knits ever.

baby hat 3Now…we’ll just have to see what the rest of that yarn wants to become…because I used less than half of each skein, and we can’t let the rest go to waste.

Easily distracted

So apparently I can’t take direction well (no one is at all surprised).  Instead of doing mitts as several of you suggested, I somehow accidentally tripped and fell and cast on a hat.

DSC_1014 copyNow the good news is it’s a small hat (it’s for one of the world’s newer people, and new people often have smallish heads).  And there will will be yarn left over that I suspect will turn into cuffs (for me, babies don’t really need fingerless mitts I don’t think) or something else depending on what catches my fancy.  I’ve got two skeins of each color, so there are options!

DSC_1029Yarn is Malabrigo Rios (in archangel and sabiduria), and yes it really is every bit as delightful as it look.

Still Fun

The happy yarn barrage (goodies for next year’s book) continues unabated.  Today’s lovelies are from Malabrigo.

We’ve got some Arroyo in Reflecting Pool.

6And some Twist in Sealing Wax.

5And yes, for those playing along at home, that is rather thick, and it might not be what you’d expect for socks…that’s because it’s turning into slippers.  Oh and wow are they going to be nice!

Haul

So last time I showed off (just a bit) of the pretty from the trip to Maine.  But I know you guys are here more for yarn than for general travel festivities.  And don’t worry, there was yarn.  No really I checked.  There was.

4 copyFirst up, a bit of Malabrigo.  And no, it’s not local to Maine, but I strongly prefer to buy Malabrigo in person, and these four were too lovely to pass up!

1 copyAnd when in Maine, you’re pretty much contractually obligated to get a bit of Seven Sisters Arts.

3 copyThat contract?  It totally covers String Theory too.

2 copyAnd new to me (and firmly in the ‘ooooooh, speckles, pretty’) is On the Round.  I have a feeling there will be more of this later.

Pattern Spotlight and Yarn Giveaway

The last time we did this was so much fun, I can’t help but do it again!  I happen to have a bit more yarn from KCC3 to give away, and I think you’re going to love it.

This time it’s the Bunodes crassicornis projects in Malabrigo’s delicious yarns.

malabrigo smallThat’s Arroyo on the socks, and Rios on the hat.  I’ve got two extra skeins of the Rios (in the color used in the book), and I’d like to send them off to two of you.  I like having two ways to win, so let’s do it again, shall we?

For the first chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about Malabrigo’s yarns.  Is it their super soft bases?  Their beautiful colors?  The way they tempt you from across the yarn store?  There’s no right answer, just tell your story (and if you haven’t worked with it yet, that’s ok too)!

For the second chance to win, pin the picture in this post to your pinterest boards.  To do that, you can either click the pinterest button at the top of the post (it’s red and looks like a p) or you can click on the ‘Pin it’ button that comes up when you hover your mouse over the picture itself.  Just be sure you’re pinning the picture from this post.

Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Monday, June 30, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the yarn their way.  If you’re leaving a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won.  If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.

P.S. The winners have been notified and prizes are on their way!

Book Yarn, Part VIII

KCC3 is debuting soon (this month, eep!) and I want to take a bit of time during the lead up to show off all the delightful yarns I’ve used in the book.  So without further ado, yarn.

8This lovely burst of sunshine is from the good folks at Malabrigo.  I’m guessing most of you already know all about Malabrigo (it’s that one you find yourself hopelessly drawn to when you walk into your favorite yarn shop).  And I’m guessing I love it just about as much as you do.  It’s turned a pair of fetching hats in Ne’er-Do-Well Knits, a sock and mitt in KCC2, a mitt and cowl in Rabble Rousers, and even the very first hat I ever knit.  Their yarns and colors are always delightful.

On the left, you’ve got Arroyo in English Rose.  Now I know the info page technically lists this yarn as a sport weight.  But I really, firmly, vigorously believe that can play the part of a fingering weight yarn in disguise.  It knits up into a beautiful sock fabric at 8-8.5 stitches per inch (and it’s loosely plied and airy enough that you want to knit it that firmly if you’re going to make socks out of it.  Which you totally should do.  Because wow do they look nifty!

On the right, you’ve got Rios in Sunset.  Rios is another marvelously flexible choice.  It’s a lovely, bouncy, 100% merino, worsted weight yarn.  And like Arroyo, you can knit it at the recommended gauge for a soft drapey fabric, or pack it in a bit tighter for a sturdier project.  I may have indisputable proof that it can turn into an absolutely adorable hat!

If you’re looking for the other yarns used in this book they’ll show up here as they are posted.