Monthly Archives: March 2018

Episode 176: Armpits, hahah!

Welcome to episode 176! This week is all about sweaters – one for me and one for my nephew. Also a few spins and some discussion about upcoming events. If you’re going to Ply Away next weekend please say hi!

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  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth/Silk in Whisper
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Targhee/Bamboo/Silk in Squeaky Clean
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Knit Night: All the sweaters

So even though yesterday was the first day of spring, I’m still in sweater mode. This week I had hankerings to cast on sweaters.  I thought I could tide myself over by casting on a sweater for my nephew.  I was somewhat successful in that I did cast on the sweater, and I actually just separated the sleeves from the body today. I ended up going with Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel.  The yarn is a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that I got when I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2014!

Miles 2 year sweater

I was somewhat unsuccessful in that last night I cast on for a sweater for myself! In the fall, Craftsy had a super sale on its yarns and kits and I picked up a kit to knit Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary. I selected a Slate Grey color because I don’t have any sweaters that color. I’m modifying the pattern a bit (knitting the body in one piece rather than as front and back pieces) and managed to get through about an inch of the hem ribbing last night. There isn’t much to show, so I’ll pop in a photo from the Ravelry pattern page.

Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, pattern available for purchase on Ravelry

I’ve also made a bit of progress on a pair of socks for myself.  I’m using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz and a new to me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in Cherry Blossom.  So far I’ve got the toe, gusset and heel down. Now it’s just the leg to go! (oh and the second sock…)

Cherry Blossom

Finally, I’ve been getting some work done on the blanket I’m knitting for my parents. After she saw mine, my mom wanted her own memory blanket. I’m using the same pattern I used for my blanket: Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson. And, as I did with mine, I’m adapting it for worsted weight yarns or fingering weight held doubled.  As of this week I’m somewhere between 81 and 100 squares (I don’t really count between the square numbers), but this photo was taken two weekends ago at 81.

Mom's Blanket 3-11-18

I did finish my secret knitting this week, a shawl for a friend. I’m giving it to her as a surprise tomorrow, so I’ll include a picture of it in next week’s round up.

Enjoy your week!

Knit Me: Be Sweet Yarns, Vinni’s Colours

About a month ago, Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some South African yarn, Vinni’s Colours Bambi, from Be Sweet Yarns.  I knew I had a baby gift to knit, and was excited to try a new to me yarn.  Vinni’s Colours is owned by Vinni Nielsen, a Denmark native who has lived in South Africa for over a decade.  There she started creating hand-dyed yarns in her kitchen and now employs many people in two factory buildings in Cape Town.  Her Bambi yarn base is a 70% cotton slub and 30% bamboo yarn in a DK/light worsted weight. Skeins are 50g and approximately 96 yards (88 meters).  I had my choice of her colors ranging from pastels to vibrants, and I chose 2 skeins of the Indigo colorway.

Vinni's Colors Indigo

I knew I wanted to make a baby gift for a little boy due in April, so I settled on Milo by Georgie Nicholson. This sweet vest comes in a variety of sizes and you can choose-your-own cable pattern to make it your own.

Milo

Right away, I was very pleased with my choice of yarn and pattern. The yarn was lovely to knit with. It is lightweight and a bit textured and slubby, which was fun to work with. The yarn itself is quite soft (even more so after washing) and it knit up beautifully.

Of course, I haven’t had a mishap in a while, so I might have gotten a little cocky. When using hand-dyed yarns the cardinal rule is to alternate skeins so any subtle color differences are blended together. Do as I say, and apparently not as I do.

For some reason I can’t fathom, I didn’t alternate skeins. And this wasn’t immediately apparent to me until yesterday, when I washed and dried my baby gift and popped it into the light box to grab a few photos, and what should appear but an extremely distinct line right where I changed skeins. I want to stress that this is absolutely no fault of the yarn dyer; this was my mismanagement of the skeins. However it took a bit of the wind out of my sails. I suspect I’ll probably rip and re-knit part of this vest this week.

Milo

That said the yarn was lovely to work with and the perfect yarn for a summer baby and this cute little pattern. I also think it would make a great summer top if you live somewhere where the heat index hits the triple digits. I may have to try that this summer!

Milo

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Be Sweet Yarns who sent me 2 skeins of Vinni’s Colours Bambi (retail: $21.98) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 175: Empty needles.

Welcome to episode 175! This week I finished a Milo, a shawl and a spin, and except for socks my needles are empty. I guess I’d better cast on.

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Knit Night: Lowbrow and Milo

Another Wednesday! I’m always excited when Wednesday rolls around because I tend to measure my weeks in knit nights. After knit night it’s all down hill…. Thursday (Friday eve) and Friday into weekend.

I actually managed to finish my Lowbrow Cowl late last week. This was a fun knit. It took me a bit longer than usual, since I had other knits I slipped into the rotation, but I finished it in time for a cold snap this past Sunday and Monday and enjoyed wearing it. I can recommend the pattern, and I’m sort of chuffed to report I had around the right amount of yarn so I guessed the length of that mystery skein correctly.  I had to stop the edging few rows early, but I don’t think it makes that much difference.

Lowbrow

Lowbrow

Next up on my needles is a sweet Milo vest by Georgie Nicholson. I’ve knit this one before. This time I’m using some review yarn, Vinni’s Colours cotton bamboo in Indigo, that was generously sent to me by Be Sweet Yarns for review.

Vinni's Colors Indigo

Next week, hopefully I’ll have Milo finished and maybe another secret knit I’m working on!

Episode 174: Using up stash.

Welcome to episode 174! This week I finished my cowl and a spin, worked on Mom’s blanket and a shawl for a friend, and have plans for the upcoming week. I also answer a question from a viewer and announce the winner of lovely KnitandStitchBits‘ project bag.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

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Drink Me: Tea Runners, White Pearls

One of the teas I received in a recent box from my monthly Tea Runners subscription is White Pearls.  I’m a fan of white teas and I was definitely interested in trying this one.

White tea is harvested from the spring buds of the tea plan, and this tea is peony silver needles.

Tea Runners, White Pearls

Tea Runners, White Pearls

When I opened the package, I found White Pearls to be gently fragrant, mostly smelling of flowers.  Upon steeping it, I did find the blend to be a little flowery for my tastes, but still very light and refreshing.  This one was a good afternoon blend, a little sweet and not too strong. If I’m going to drink a tea that is light and flowery I usually prefer jasmine, but this was lovely to try.

Knit Night: Lowbrow Cowl

This week I’m finishing up my Lowbrow Cowl. This is a photo from a few days ago.  At this point I’m on the edging, just a few rows from bind off.

Lowbrow

So now I’m starting to mull over my options for my next project.  I should pick up one of my WIPs, but I’m so tempted to cast on for something new.  Last night I pulled out a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that has been marinating in my stash since I went to Maryland Sheep & Wool in 2014.

The plan is to turn this yummy skein into a sweater for Miles’ 2nd birthday this year.  Right now I’m torn between Flax by Tin Can Knits and Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel. I’m leaning towards the latter.

If this doesn’t seem like a lot of knitting for this week, I can assure you there’s more, but I have a secret project for now.  I’ll share that one after I finish and it has been given to the recipient!

Episode 173: Frogs in the creek.

Welcome to episode 173! This week I finished my handspun socks, worked on a cowl and a spin, and have a new shawl and spin planned. Also, there’s a giveaway this week, brought to you by the lovely KnitandStitchBits (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitandStitchBits). Be sure to watch the episode, and answer the question in the comments on the YouTube page. I’ll draw for a winner next week.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

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