This past week we were in Nevada County, CA enjoying the ranch life. I do enjoy getting out of the city and seeing the great outdoors. There is something so serene about nature.
Sweater Nails?!? This is supposedly winter’s newest nail art trend. I really like the cabling pattern, yet I won’t be DIYing these nails. This looks like a job for the professionals. 🙂
Oh The Purl Bee how I love thee. Let me count the ways…
- I love your gorgeous fiber choices. Your designers do an amazing job using great fibers (think alpaca and merino wool) in amazing colors.
- I love your simple yet classic looks. There is nothing more appealing to me that a clean line with interesting design aspects.
- I love your free patterns not only for the designs, but for their diversity.
- I love your tutorials, as I am not keen on videos. Your format of pictures and written descriptions is perfect for me.
So why this profession of love? Well I have a big vacation time coming up, and I have decided to make one of Purl Bee’s fabulous designs (if all goes according to plan). Now is the time I need to start planning out my yarn choices so I can order the yarn. Which project would you choose?
*Thank you to Elizabeth Barrett Browning for inspiring this post and for writing one of my favorite sonnets (How Do I Love Thee? Sonnet 43)
So I finally finished all of my custom orders. My customer ordered a simple stockinette beanie. Easy enough right? Well not really. She saw the hat below and wanted her hat to be the same colors. Problem is I had no idea where I bought this yarn nor did I remember the brand. Ugh.
I searched yarn.com and I finally found Plymouth Yarn Boku in Color #10 (wool/silk blend). It was stated to be a self-striping yarn with gradual color shifts and this dye lot featured blues, teals, and greens. Yay!
I have to say I ordered the yarn purely for the colors. I had never used this brand before and the content blend was not my favorite. I find that this type of wool can be scratchy while wearing it. However, the colors were perfect so I took the risk.
The plus of this yarn is the gradual color changes throughout the hat. Visually it looks so pretty. Kind of like sunset in the mountains. Yet, there were two major negatives that I could not get past. #1 the coarseness of the fiber and #2 the fragility of the yarn. Let’s first talk about the frailness of the yarn. I am a tight knitter and this yarn made me very conscious of that. Three times I pulled too tightly and the yarn broke! Talk about extra ends to weave in *sigh.*
To tackle the roughness factor I knew I could soften up my hat in the blocking process. A little internet research affirmed my thinking and I made sure to give this hat an extra long bath. I soaked the finished hat in a cold water and shampoo bath for about 5 hours. Thankfully, when I checked out the dried hat today, it was much softer. Yay! I had my fiance try it on and he was not bothered by the wool texture. Let’s hope my customer’s son won’t be either.
So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. However, if you enjoy yarns like Noro then this would be a solid substitution.
The famed Stephen West currently has a Knit-a-Long going on. I am not participating, but this video is hilarious! I love his love for knitting ( and the theatrics 😉).
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Here is the latest FO (finished object) off my needles. This hat was made to fulfill a custom order for one of my fiance’s students. He wanted a Yankees colored hat that was simple and striped.
I bought the yarn at my LYS here in San Francisco (Imagiknit). I like this store as it has affordable yarn all the way up to luxury yarns. So there is a little something for everyone and every mood. This hat is made of a Debbie Bliss brand yarn that I haven’t seen before. The yarn is 100% superwash wool. Usually I don’t like pure wool as it can be scratchy. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the softness. After a wash it got even softer. I love when new yarn surprises me!Hopefully the recipient will be as pleased as I am with the finished product. 🙂