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On the Needles

26 Jan

My current work in progress is the Dandy Neckerchief in Berroco Weekend. So far it’s been a fun but fairly mindless piece to work on. As of right now I just plan on knitting to the end of my second ball of yarn.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Portland, Oregon, the vegan capital of the world! I plan on eating a whole lotta vegan food, shopping, and exploring the cities  numerous yarn shops (especially Yarnia!).

Oh, and check out my new little side project The Noochy Noodle, where I try out every vegan macaroni and cheese related recipe, product and menu item I can get my hands on.

New Vegan Yarns!

15 Jan

Did anyone else see that Berroco has a few new vegan yarns coming out for Spring/Summer? I’m pretty excited about them!

As you know I’m already a fan of Weekend, so I was excited to see that Weekend Chunky is in the works. Looks like it will be good for snuggly scarves and other accessories.

Glint is 80% Cotton, 12% Nylon, 8% Metallic. This is definitely a good yarn for a summer pullover or tee. I used to not be into anything shiny, but in my knitwear class last semester encouraged me to use some metallics in my designs and I found it really grew on me. I’m especially liking the Golden Fleece color way.

And then there is Linsey which is 64% cotton and 36% linen. Linsey comes in some really gorgeous color ways, both solid and variegated. If I wasn’t on cardigan hiatus I would be picking out the perfect light weight cardigan to cast on for with this yarn.

And the best thing? All these yarns have corresponding pattern booklets! Love that.

I’m really liking the Peterborough cardigan from Norah Gaughan Vol. 8 for Linsey:

Do you think you’ll be trying out any of these new yarns?

The Year of the Accessory

10 Jan

Hello! Hi there. So sorry for my little hiatus, things were just too hectic with finals followed so closely by the holidays. I barely had time to knit, let alone blog.

So, I made a few promises to myself after the holidays were over. The first is to not be so busy for extended periods of time that I’m unable to enjoy life and take care of myself. I knew that going back to school full time and working was going to be tough, and it was. I love my job and I love school, so I just need to figure out how to balance the two and leave myself a little time to knit, read, see my friends, eat well, blog, etc. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do it yet, but I have to for my sanity.

Second is that I’m going to go against everything that feels right to me and not cast on for any cardigans until at least December. I absolutely love knitting sweaters, but I’m not at a place where I have the time to ever finish them and it just discourages me. I’m not even halfway through my Who Me? yet!  That’s why I’m declaring 2011 The Year of the Accessory! I need a little instant gratification in my life right now.

I did manage to knock out one small project out recently:

The pattern is the ever-so-popular Fetching from Knitty. I made one little modification by adding an extra set of cables right after the row where you create the thumb hole;  I wanted the mitts to fit extra snuggly around my knuckles. The pattern was quite easy and I enjoyed learning a new technique for creating a thumb gusset.

I used Berroco Weekend (75% acrylic and 25% cotton) in Cocoa, which was great to work with. The yarn has a tendency to split, but if you’re careful it has great stitch definition.

I practically haven’t taken them off since I finished, though it certainly helps that it’s about 50 degrees in my apartment right now.

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