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Friday, November 14, 2008

the fabulous Karen writes: “I love reading about your stash archaeology. That leak was a blessing in disguise.”

Stash Archaeology: I can has yarn!

Indeed. And from the vault of wonders…

Here are 10 skeins of beautiful vintage yarn: Gary Owen Aran Style worsted (and if anyone knows who Gary Owen was, I’m totally intrigued!) It is 50% wool & 50% nylon (microfiber) and has a nice feel and durability which made me look twice for a work sweater or teen, tween, kiddie style stuff :)

Guesstimate about 210-220 yds per skein @ 4.5-5 sts per inch (the usual, boy we love this gauge!!) I pulled out two skeins from the bundle and they weighed in at 3.7+ oz each.

Take it away!

Send an email HERE. freebiefriday3 must be in the subject line …

It will automatically be stashed into a Freebie Friday Folder and a new owner will be chosen by random drawing on Wednesday, November 19th.

Happy Friday!!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

holla, colla…

Because sometimes love is better the second time around, here is a something that’s jumped back on the needles.

Cleaning up and unpacking all the boxes in my studio lately has reintroduced me to lots of stuff that’s been hanging around unnoticed. In the dark? Leftover yarn from my Ultra Alpaca Ariann, a skein, all wound, ready to go. Now I like the original neckline look of this cardi (originally 4″), but the colder it gets here in Chicago, the more I long for my snuggies: scarves, wraps, collars, all nesting around my neck.

This was originally knit for a trunk show, in about 10 days, November 2006. Once it was done doing its duty, it quickly became one of my favorite house sweaters. Dare I say how much I love this yarn? The color is just unbelievable, heathery and rich (Lavendar Mix 6283). The lacy pattern of the design balances the tendency of the alpaca to put the wearer in a sauna. Me like.

So I decided to just go for it and make the collar longer. So far, it measures 6.5″ and I think I have enough to go for 9! Perfect telephone knitting too; just garter stitch with minimal eye-contact fab for when your mind is on other things, things that might make you tense, things all calmed and smooth by the knitting.

From the what the dept:
Holla: A greeting that seems recent, but was used as far back as Shakespeare’s time.
Francisco: Bernardo has my place. Give you good night.
Marcellus: Holla! Bernardo!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thanks so much to everyone for wishing my Mom well! She’s slowly progressing and going on with rehab. The place where she is staying is so wonderful I have the best hopes…

In the interests of Knitting Science, and because I’m probably a geek(!), I decided to do a little experiment with my fiber fest yarn. This Cormo/Cross chocolately goodness came in ~4 oz skeins with no yardage given on the labels.

By doing a wraps-per-inch test, I’d guesstimated the lot to come in around 220 yds, like other worsted weight yarns in the 11 WPI range.

But my little scale was staring me in the face yesterday and I decided to try something different. I used my skein winder to wind off a little ball of yarn and then weighed it. Then I measured the yarn from the ball…

RESULT: one ounce of my lovely C/C has (approximately) 60 yds which means I probably have enough to go all the way!

That is not surprising, because it is light feeling and not as dense as some other yarns of this type. In fact, the Ram Wools Selkirk that I used for the original Ariann sample comes in at 272 yds per 4 oz skein and knits beautifully to this gauge.

Oh, that’s enough for me to do a little happy dance because I was thinking I would be that knitter who gets one inch away from the finish line and POOF!

Runs out of yarn

I hope this doesn’t slow down my knitting though…

Laura from Beautiful West Michigan writes: “Ya mean if I knit faster it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll have enough yarn if it looks like I’m running out?!?! Do you do that too? Faster = More yarn.”

Here’s hoping!!!

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