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New Threads Friday April 16, 2010

Just in time for some weekend actione, a little something fresh from the needles.

I finished my linen-y, slightly cropped Mondo Cable Cardi yesterday and gave it a dunk in some sudsy water to refresh and renew the yarn. Knitting in the round, I’ve found, can be very punishing on a garment, especially if it’s been mobile like this one. Being packed in a satchel, removed and stuffed, dropped on the floor, both sweater and yarn, omg, please do not imagine how funkified this was.

I didn’t even want to try it on to see if it fit me ;p

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Mondo Cable Cardi
Design: Chic Knits
Yarn: Jimtex *Naturelle 8/8*
Color: #701 Dark Linen
Fibre Content: 75% Recycled Cotton/25% Acrylic
Gauge: 18 sts/24 rows over 4″
Needles: #7

MCC-yoke-100117-8030Not to mention that the yarn originally came off of a cone. Now, coned yarns are most likely treated with something that makes them more “solid” so they don’t separate in transit or in their intended use (usually machine knitting). Wool frequently is “oiled” and blooms when it is refreshed in a bath. This yarn was treated with something — it had a dense quality on the surface that prevented it from being splitty BUT also prevented it from being in a finished state directly off the cone.

It really needed a bath before it went on the road!

At the very end, I was knitting the 2″ neckband/collar right from the cone, which, for some reason, just tickles me senseless. The MCCardi had landed in the building and was no longer traveling at this point, so there was no need to have neat little bundles of yarn when it would be So Much Fun to knit from a Big Old Cone. It’s the little things, people, that really get me going ;p

There’s also a Tickle in the button department here: these are some of the haul from my Joann bender from last weekend. Some, but not all, of their two-aisle button area was on sale and I could not resist these. They have the same subtle bi-coloring as the yarn, where a peep of white shows through the main color of grey. The “buttonholes” are a simple crocheted chain loop.

Now all that’s left is TGIF!! Happy Friday! :)


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