I wonder how many people dropping off their kids this morning were thinking about handspun alpaca fiber awaiting their return.
Probably not too many.
This is indeed some handspun alpaca yarn, which started life as a roving dyed by Spunky Eclectic. Amy called the color “Mahogany,” but the the fiber lightened considerably as it became yarn, so I call it “Beachcomber.” It reminds me of the colors inside a seashell, cream and tan and purple. It’s 230 yards of fingering weight or so – I also call it “Soon to Become My Next Glove Knitting.”
This next is some pink merino I half-felted awhile back and have been
fighting with working on for some time. I finally finished it (thank goodness!) Little Squirrel J is still in her PINK! phase, so it will likely become some kidlet winter-wear.
The yarn everyone commented on is the leftover Shelridge Farms Soft Touch Heather (in “Loganberry;” I got mine from Simply Socks Yarn Co.) that I used for my Sockapalooza Loksins. There was hardly any left, but it’s a close match, weight-wise, to the Koigu I wanted to use for the rest of the sock. I thought the yardage on the Koigu could run short on my size-10 feet, so I played it safe with contrasting cuffs and heels (there’s not enough of the Loganberry to do the toes.)
But wait! What is that??!?! That heel!
I finally got the hang of a short-row heel, and I actually like the way this one fits. Hooray! (and apologies to any sock pals who may have struggled to accommodate my flap-heel-only preference…)
I tried Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ short-row heel method (that link is to the Dream Socks PDF) (I should add that I found Alison’s tutorial to be quite helpful.) and found it to be a bit tricksy, but alright once I got the hang of it. Not that I’ll abandon my heel-flaps entirely, but a girl likes to have options.
Speaking of short rows, I found a pattern to help me with some stash busting.
I received two balls of Patons Soy Wool Stripes (Natural Navy) from a swap pal, and finally found the perfect pattern., the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf. It’s an easy knit, but fairly genius in it’s shaping. I think EZ would have liked it.
Lastly, but certainly not least, my progress on the Minimalist Cardigan is slow but steady. I’m finished with the right-front, working on the left.
I am going to sew the shoulder seams front-to-back, and then knit the neckband, k2tog-ing to attach it to the back-neck the grafting the center, rather than sewing the whole thing on later (much like the shoulders in Zimmermann’s Seamless Saddle Shoulder pattern.) I don’t hate sewing my knitting together, but I like the occasional simplification here and there. I’ll let you know how it goes (cross your needles for me…)
Finally, the part you all scrolled down for (*heehee!*): This week I’m giving away my copy of AlterKNITS.
This is a great book, really well photographed, with projects ranging from garments to jewelry to home decor. Why am I giving it away? I’ve owned it for nearly two years and not knit anything from it. This book needs a new home!
Send an email to blogcontest AT hotmail DOT com, with “Alterknits” in the subject, by midnight EST Sunday, Sept. 8, and I’ll pick a winner Monday morning.
Come on, enter the contest…
… Suckerfish says so! (See? Who can resist a suave talking fish?)