Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Wool of Wonder

Well, finally I have on my needles some Kauni! Yes! That yarn that hit the knitting world like a true Tsunami, rolling in from Europe until it finally hit our midwestern ears and eyes and we too were dazzeled by it's spell.
One of the most entrancing things about the Kauni yarn is it's color -- yep! It looks like this sweet little ball on the outside but inside.....

... it's breathing a firebrand of color that dances around and around. It is so enticing!

It took a lot of work to get the Kauni yarn in at Stitches & Scones. Really, we owe a lot to Molli who bent over backward to get us this precious commodity. I heard a lot of people are having to wait quite some time for this yarn and right now .... WE HAVE IT!

Do not let the fact that you have to use size 2 or 3 needles scare you away. There is a free pattern online for the sweater and for most people you only need 2 or 3 skeins for a sweater -- there is a lot of yardage in theses little bundles.

At first the yarn felt a little scratchy but as soon as I started working with it I felt it ease up and take on the characteristics of a little lamb -- kind of soft and fuzzy. I am really enjoying it.

But... unfortunately, my Kauni sweater is on hold for several days. I have to wait for my size 2 needles to come in. I really needed some sharp needles for this project -- there is nothing like sharp needles when working with tiny yarn!

Happy Knitting!

Finished Projects

You've seen bits and pieces of these sweaters before but I thought you all would enjoy a glimpse of the end results.

Pattern: My Own

but I think I would like to name it "Northern Lights"

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca & Classic Elite Inca Print (Alpaca)

I really enjoyed knitting this stranded sweater. It is warm and cozy. I decided I preferred the stranding method over the weaving method -- perhaps I've already said that. I think weaving is grand for mittens, etc. But for a sweater where the color is more of a work of art I don't like the bits of color that most always show through on areas they are not supposed to show through on. Stranding works perfectly when the garment is knitted inside out -- just remember that for future reference! =)

Pattern: My Own

Yarn: Plymouth Peruvian Alpaca (I think it is discontinued now)

I love wearing this sweater because it is so soft and comfortable. I designed it from the top down in a continuous yoke style. I am already dreaming about making another one because it was so much fun.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Spinning Up A Storm

Now that Christmas has past and regular life has commenced again, I have been spending any spare moment I have spinning.

For some odd reason I am finding myself moving to a "natural" fiber kick. I am dying to get my hands on some gently processed wool -- preferably Shetland wool. My hands are falling to pieces in this harsh, cold winter weather. I know all I need is to spend some time spinning some wool with some lanolin in it.
Any sources anyone?

Top-Down Cables

I have been wanting to design a top-down yoked sweater for a long time. So, over the month of December I designed this top-down yoked cable sweater. I am almost done and can't wait to wear it! The cables start out very small at the neck edge and swell into larger cables at the bottom. I am using Plymouth's Indiecita Alpaca and have found it to be quite nice.