Monthly Archives: May 2018

Knit Night: Finishes and Starts

The past two weeks marked a lot of knitting and two big finishes for me.

First I finished my my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy.  This knit was strange. I stalled out on it, but never stopped wanting to wear the finished object.  I finished it while I was in Chicago two weekends ago, and I can’t wait for the chill of fall so I can wear it.

Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf

I think this project was the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern.  The yarn itself is luminous and even though the metallic tones may not be the most flattering on me, it knit up so beautifully.  The pattern is simple; it doesn’t distract from the yarn, but there is enough texture to make it interesting to look at.

The second big project I finished is the blanket for my mom. I used the Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson as my inspiration, and then made it my own. This used scraps of worsted weight held singly and fingering weight held doubly. I knit a total of 121 squares and then did an applied i-cord edging to tie it all together. It’s now a decent lap-sized blanket (I confess I haven’t taken final measurements). It needs a good blocking and then I’ll send it off to my mom to enjoy. Thanks to any readers who contributed scraps to this blanket. While many of the blocks came from yarn from my stash, I also had a good amount of help from knitting friends.

Mom's Blanket

Mom's Blanket

With two big projects off the needles, it must be time to cast on for more! During my trip to Chicago I started a new shawl, Albuquerque Sunset by designer Casapinka. I’m using a sock blank that I dyed as a gradient, and a skein of Cascade Heritage sock in Italian Plum that was in the stash. I’ve just begun the third section and I’m loving the way this is knitting up. It’s bright and happy.

Albuquerque Sunset

I’ve also been swatching for sweaters. No photos, but I have a secret project I’ll be working on in the next few months as well as a sweater for Roxy. Also maybe some more socks for Sock it to Summer? Stay tuned!

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Episode 182: Two big finishes.

Welcome to episode 182! It’s been two weeks and I have finished two big projects. Which of course means it’s time for more cast ons. Spinning is taking a bit of a back seat, but I’m knitting up a storm.

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Review: Lazadas Multi-Purpose Project Caddy

When Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me and offered me a choice of accessories from Lazadas, I opted to try the Multi-Purpose Project Caddy.

Lazadas is an Israeli company, started by a knitter who wasn’t happy with the tools she was finding.  So she set out to design her own.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

The Multi-Purpose Project Caddy functions both as a project bag and a yarn bowl.  Opened, the caddy can hold several skeins of yarn (or just one big skein of yarn!) like a yarn bowl.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

When you’re ready to transport your project, or just stow it away for safe keeping, slip the handle through the slit on the opposite side and you have an easy carrying case for your knitting.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

The caddy comes in three jeweled tones: Electric Violet (shown here), Spring Teal and Hot Pink.  It is made out of lightweight flexible silicon.  A lot of attention has been show to detail – there are knitting graphics everywhere, and my favorite part are the holes on the sides that are super useful for any stranded knitting projects you might create.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

Overall, I really like this tool and it will be sitting next to me on the couch for many of my upcoming projects.  Lazadas also sells flexible blocking wires, if you’re interested in additional accessories.  If you’re looking for retailers around the globe, you can find them here.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Lazadas who sent me the Multi-Purpose Project Caddy (retail: $49) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.