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31. January 2011 11:07
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: New sweater kit from KnitPicks

31. January 2011 11:07 by Jobo | 1 Comments

package of dogwood yarnI recently purchased the Dogwood Blossoms Sweater Kit...

I might be completely crazy to want to knit an entire sweater on 2.5 mm needles, with ump-teen colors of yarn... Oh yeah, and I want the cardigan, so there will be steeking (Eeeeek!)  I haven't had the heart to open the bag yet, with all 20 balls of yarn looking so nice and orderly in there, so I'm sharing some of the palette color sample photos.  When I open the bag, I'm sure there will be more glamour shots! 

Also, the whole kit was like 40 bucks.  That's like 2 bucks a ball... even if you don't like to knit fairisle sweaters, that's like 10 pairs of socks, or mittens, or shawls, or ... or... *faints on floor* <thud>

 kp photo samples

24. January 2011 11:01
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Knit Picks Chroma!

24. January 2011 11:01 by Jobo | 2 Comments

chromaI know I might sound like a broken record talking about Knit Picks Yarns... but I really do find that they have great yarn for reasonable prices!  Plus, when I order I know it will be a no hassle experience - i.e. the package won't get stuck at the border, there won't be extra duty charges, and when it gets here, I know it will be full of yarny goodness! Ok, enough about Knit Picks... now onto the YARN

It seems every yarn manufacturer these days is trying to come up with some new Noro-esque yarn.  I can totally see why!  I love Noro's long smooth color changes, and fantastic colorways.  The trick is - I don't particularly appreciate little twiggy things in my yarn (I generally have enough hay in my hair and on my clothes from the Ruttibutt that the other day a coworker even asked me if I'd been for a "Roll in the Hay" recently... lol)  or the scratchy and irregular nature of standard Noro.  I also don't appreciate the 10+ dollar price tag for yarn that will no doubt have a splice in the middle, and only has about 100 yards in it to begin with. 

So now that I've been seeing these Noro-substitutes around.... Michael's has one, and now Knit Picks too... I thought I'd just give in and try one of them.  

One thing for certain... this yarn is a crap-ton softer than Noro will ever dream of being!  So soft in fact that I wonder how these softly spun singles will hold up to wear.  I'd hazard a guess it will pill like nobody's business, but time will tell.

The colors are great however!  I bought a plain cream skein, and a rainbow of blue and green in "Pool Party" with the intention of making another pair of Fiddlehead Mittens.  I chose worsted this time, but I think I'd like to try the fingering weight for a scarf or something sometime.

chroma2I wonder how many times the colors change?  hmmm...

17. January 2011 12:38
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Silky Malabrigo!

17. January 2011 12:38 by Jobo | 1 Comments

malabrigo silky viena I was lucky enough to receive 2 skeins of Silky Malabrigo in "Vienna" from my Mom and Dad for Christmas!  I love the colors and feel of this yarn... but as I often do with variegated skeins... I am having difficulty deciding what it should be in the end! 

Anyone have any good ideas for this yarn?  with two skeins I have enough for a really decent scarf, or mittens, or ??

I'm thinking more and more that maybe I should weave with it - so I can show off the beautiful fall oranges and browns, but not have the colors muddy up too much and overpower each other.

* Photo snagged from the Malabrigo Website, since I just can't seem to get this one to photograph correctly...

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