Yarn Whore

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Let's get ready to Rumble....

So far , in the scoring, it's Dew Cardigan: 5 Wendy: 0.

If you'll notice in the WIP meter I've moved the DEW line back to 1%. Sigh.

In my previous post I had briefly mentioned that lace was smarter than me.

WAY smarter than me.

While knitting this in the Kid silk Haze I ripped back and cast on 3 times. Then I cast on with a different yarn. And then I ripped THAT back. Twice. Because SSK really does mean slip knitwise and NOT K2tog tbl. Hmmmph.

Did I mention that I'm allergic to mohair? I think I did but I might want to emphasize that I am allergic to mohair( and angora and some alpaca). And to needles with shitty points for picking up lace.

So i reimagined this project with a different yarn and needles.

What did I get? Well, this is what I decided to go with. For now:

It's artyarns ultramerino4 in teal. It's very nice to knit, however I don't think it's right for this pattern. It might be better for socks.

I did find some very pointy needles to knit this:

Here's a close-up of the tips:

Suprizingly, these are Susan Bates Quicksilver circular knitting needles. I usually hate Susan Bates needles.

They're not perfect though. The cable part of the needle feels and bends like uncooked spaghetti. And the join? Well, here's a photo:

The join sucks.

Speaking of socks... I was speaking of socks at some point, wasn't I? Anyway, here's the progress on the "dad" sock:

(shhhhh! These socks are really for Jonathan, but don't tell him okay?)

These are being knit in Opal Prisma in Navy on us size 1 Brittany 5" birch needles.
What do I think of the birch? Meh. They're kinda bendy, and I'm not a huge fan of the points.

I got some new sock yarn in the mail. You know, because I really needed some more sock yarn.

Yarn porn? Okay!

I got this on etsy.com. It's cotton sock yarn made with lycra. Because some people (cough*jonathan*cough) think that wool might be too hot too wear. Maybe those socks I'm knitting really are for my dad. (on a side note- why is it that all the men in my life have size 11.5 or 12 feet? Big feet = a lotta knitting on little needles)

And last, but certainly not least let's look at the the progress on the booga bag:

I haven't cast off yet. I wanted to knit the i-cord before I ran out of yarn. Here's the i-cord:

Why is it that when you need 6 feet of i-cord you can knit for miles and and yet you only have 4 feet? Seriously.

I can't remember what the hell kind of yarn this is. I bought it on SuperBowl Sunday when this yarn shop I've never been in was having a sale. It's a slub yarn, so I'm not really sure how it's going to felt. But hey, it's wool. It'll felt.

I should finish this by tomorrow. And then? Then I can FELT it. In my own washer. Heh.


At 6:22 AM, Blogger lap said...

I really like Brittany double ended needles- better than any others I have, which isn't saying anything really. I have this tiny, tiny circular needles I bought to make arm warmers with that I thought I was going to hate because they are plastic, but they're nice, And I only hate them because they are like 8" circular needles and they're so ridiculous.

Some people clearly don't know how much better wool is than anything else on your feet.

I like the idea of felting slub yarn a lot.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

What size needles are you using for the lace? I have some all-plastic (one piece construction, so no snaggy joins) needles that I could lend you. I would give them, but I *heart* them.

Oh, and that yarn porn? GORGEOUS.


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