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thanks all

I decided to send something that felt fabulous, and wait on the interesting pattern scarf. This is what I sent:

Peruvian Tweed 100% alpaca. (660yds @$27....quite the value)
cast on 90 stitches, k10, p10, follow pattern as presented until you run out of yarn.

It creates this wonderful accordion like fabric that spreads out horizontally to a hood or shoulder shawl, or hanging vertically, collapses down to a scarf. It's soft, wonderful, and I already had it made.

Thanks to all that sent patterns. I look forward to trying them.
Maybe with my hat a day knitting plan, I should do a scarf a week....just as soon as I finish the sweater repairs on my desk and finish the sweaters for Mom and Dad.

hatshatshats & a request.

So far, I am on line with my "hat a day" programme: Thus far, I have made 15 hats, so I am a couple days ahead. I have gotten all my "Early Valentine's gifts: (aka Late Christmas gifts) out sans the sweaters I am making for my folks. I have paid my Chiropractor for 3 sessions on my back with a hat per each session (who needs Canadian Nationalized Health care...I just pay in manipulated yarn) and my Masseur with a scarf. So, here's the rub: I have a valentine's scarf to send, and I want a fabulous pattern that I can knit in a couple days (I knit very fast). So, I need suggestions. Please note, FABULOUS.....I keep doing the same very nice but hardly mind blowing double seed stitch variations in my chasse method. What are y'all's favorite patterns~ something that you'd like to get as a valentine. Thanks much

illustration of finished technique for knittingbob

I added width to the sleeves of this sweater in the method I mentioned in my post to your blog concerning a too skinny knit-in-the-round sweater. You'll have far more room to work with than I did with the sleeve...but you can see the finished effect: It makes a nice accent.

If anyone is interested, this sweater was knit with Reynolds One ply Candide (discontinued, but similar to Jamieson's one ply) knit double with Plymouth brand sport weight Natural Indecita Alpaca. The accent is Brunswick ballybrae tweed. The sweater is over 20 years old, and as you can see, has worn beautifully: It's one of my favorites.


Busting booty trying to finish a hat in 3 hours, and realize as the decreases aren't working out that I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn't realize it! That's what I get for being cocky about a pattern I've done a million times. I frogged it back to before the decreases, and through some creative decreases, got it back to a number that was divisible by 4 and the needles all had even numbers of stitches on them. Phooey! I'm joing to just play with the design and do something out of my head for the decreases... should be fun. See, I'm human too.

Ugh... yarn demons

I'm going through my shelves, organizing the yarn I have, trying to tidy an take inventory, so I don't buy something like what I already have, and I have a steadily growing mound of what I call "Demons": Yarn that I don't like, won't use, and have no idea how it came to be in my possession. (Sale I couldn't pass up? e-bay lot buys? gifts?) What are you all doing with the monsters in your collection? Should we try an online yarn exchange?


Spinners, HELP!

Someone on this site works for a mill that spins some gorgeous and reasonably priced yarns, but I can't remember who it is or find the link... Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'm thinking it is in NC or some other southern state...


I can't decide

I've decided, that after the afghan fiasco, I need something more fabulous and substantial than socks. I need to do a sweater FOR ME!

SO, I'm trying to pick between making a cardigan out of merino frappe (kind of light and floaty, with a bit of fuzzyiness, like a short hair mohair). (kind of a cranberry-rust heather)

Another side to side pullover in this shockingly murky bronze-merlot to emerald and sapphire space dyed mohair (the fastest to knit, to be sure).

Or, the ultimate, a Carhardt inspired zippered cardigan of 20+ year old orange toned lumpy handspun Donegal tweed combined with a green-copper-cranberry manos del uruguay, and a frosted pumpkin orange worsted mohair...
(This last one should stop traffic with it's beauty and truly be a stunner, but take the longest to do....

What say you guys?

The afghan he didn't like.

Well, here it is in all it's 150+ hour glory. It was supposed to have a crocheted border (although I think garter stitch would be or horizontal stripe of K and P rows would be better). He HAD to have it on the 26th, and I didn't have the time or inclination to spin anymore yarn, or knit more for him. Not worth the effort to complain...but I think it turned out gorgeous. It measures 4x4 as is, and is samoyed blended or plied with silk, wool, alpaca, or mohair (or chenille). All in all, there were 12 different yarns designed for it. I will get more sammy fur from a dog breeder and will knit the next one more open (but not for this guy...It will be for charity). That is the only change I would make to the design. This one is drapey, but more of a sweater weight in the end. Samoyed yarn has a surprising amount of memory. Enjoy.

Sing Hallelujah!

The effing samoyed dog fur afghan is finished, photoed, and delivered. The new owner will have to wash, stretch and block it. I will post pictures soon. I am VASTLY relieved to see that thing gone, as nice as it was....