On the Needles – 10/25/14

A day late but better late than never.  It had been a long week and getting on the computer last night was just not going to happen – I had had enough of staring at a computer screen.  I woke up yesterday morning right before my alarm and I had been dreaming that I was scanning and saving piles of papers at work— that’s what I had spent the majority of the day before that doing — couldn’t escape it even when I was sleeping! LOL  More of it yesterday but the most time consuming step is done and I can see a bit more of my desk. 😉

Anyway, I grabbed a few things this morning and stood outside on the patio in my pjs to get some photos that show the more accurate colors of the yarns for a change.

First up – I got some oh so lovely yarn last week from Juliespins.   I’ve bought yarn of hers from The Loopy Ewe in the past, but she also does “unclubs” thru her Ravelry group (Juliespins).  While many indie dyers do yarn clubs in which you pay a certain amount and on some schedule (monthly or bi monthly or whatever) you receive a new yarn, (sometimes you know what it will be sometimes it’s a surprise), for  Julie’s  “unclub” she posts the yarns she is offering and you then tell her how many you want so they are all then dyed and shipped off to you. You know what you’re getting and each unclub is a one time deal – nothing further to sign up for more like “I’m dying a bunch of these special colors  – do you want any and how much”. 🙂

When I saw the Euro Fingering Aleppo Pepper I knew I needed that lovely red – and I needed a whole SQ of it.

DSCN3898It’s 100% SW Merino  with over 800 yards on a hank. The hi-lights and lo-lights of red in that swatch are even more pretty in person.   I’ve already got a sweater pattern picked out for this where its lovely drape should be perfect.  But it will have to wait its  turn because at the moment I’m working on another fingering weight sweater – Featherweight – must get that one done first.  The other hank is Happy Trails in her Silky 445 line (half silk half merino).  It has gorgeous fall colors and I specifically bought that to make a cowl to go with the sweater I plan to make.

Speaking of Featherweight.  I liked the look of that design in genera and always kept going back to it on Ravelry to check it out but there were a couple of things I would have wanted to change if I made it.  I’m definitely not a cropped sweater wearer so it definitely would need to be longer.  Also I’m not a raglan sleeve fan nor a top down fan so that pretty much sums up why I hadn’t gotten around to making one.  But enter Amy Herzog’s CustomFit program, and the Featherweight  sweater designer who revamped her design specifically for CustomFit users and voila –  it was revamped with all the features I like — bottom-up construction,  set in sleeves, and seaming; and I can easily make it longer in Customfit.  It will automatically adjust any shaping to where I specifically need it and spit out a pattern totally adjusted just for me.  Can’t get any better than that. 🙂

So because I needed another KAL like a whole in the head — you know I jumped in and joined the Featherweight KAL. (It sort of replaces my CustomFit Fall Sweater KAL — the yarn I was using was not showing my cables in that sweater so I decided to frog that one and use that yarn for a different pattern.)  I pulled tubs of yarn out from under the bed to see what choices I had — yes! actually using stash yarn can you believe it?!  I know I won’t be done by the end of the KAL – fingering weight sweater in a longer cardigan length in my size is a whole lot of knitting!  But I’m off to a great start and it’s excellent no-mind bus knitting.  I cast on this past Tuesday and once I got past all that k1 p1 ribbing, I’ve been moving along pretty well.

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This photos is about the most true to color I can get.  The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk and it has a bit of a sheen so it doesn’t want to photograph well.  The  color is called Blood Orange.  This is going to be a soft, snuggly light sweater. And heck I’ve got about 7″ knit so far.

DSCN3903Lastly, here’s the front of another sweater which I pick up, put aside, pick up again.  This had been my bus knitting sweater but I need to bind off the neck and finish the shoulders so I need to pay a bit more attention.  I hope to get that done this weekend so I can cast on the sleeves for my bus knitting and maybe get this one finished off soon.

After I make some brunch and toss in a load of laundry, my plan is to put in a couple movies, snuggle in on the couch and knit for a while.

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