October 8th, 2006



My local yarn store is not going to carry KFI yarns anymore, because they're insanely awful to deal with. So, all Noro and Debbie Bliss yarns are 75% off!

I got three skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk, one skein of Debbie Bliss Soho (equivalent to Colinette Point Five), and two skeins of Noro Iro.

Normally, the Soho is $7/ball. The Iro is $20! the Pure Silk is $14, so $89 worth of yarn.

I paid.... $22.25! Yay!!!

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pattern help

there is a really cute knitted vest in the fall 2006 stella mccartney collection that i'd like to make, but i've never made anything without a pattern before. can anyone recommend a pattern that would be similar to the pictures below? any and all advice is appreciated. thanks!

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Good Book on Finishing Techniques?

Something that's always bothered me about my selection of knitting books is the lack of a good book, or books, on finishing techniques. Most of my books do a few sentences or one picture on weaving in ends, or seaming a top to side edge seam. But I don't know if there is a way to seam a purl top to a purl side edge, or many other questions. Does this fabulous community have any favorite books which offer an exhausting look at finishing techniques? I don't mind if it's out of print, it will give me a good excuse to comb through secondhand bookstores.
Thanks in advance!

Identify this yarn?

I pulled a ball of yarn from my stash this afternoon.  It is an orphan ball, found all by itself in a bin at the LYS, in a nice dusty purple that will go nicely with my winter coat, so I think it will be a scarf.  In looking at the label, I realize it has very few English words, and none appear to describe the fiber content.  Anyone have any ideas from these clues:

It does say it is made in Norwary.  The "brand name" appears to be "mandarin Naturell."  Then we have 100% ren bomull [this would be my guess for fiber], 50 g ved stanard fuktighet, ca 130 meter. 


finished objects-"Fetching"

I did an experiment with the popular "fetching" pattern and some of my handspun yarn. I have a lot of orphan skeins and skeins that aren't really enough to make anything substantial, but that I would like to make something to use as stocking stuffers. With that in mind, I used two skeins to experiment.

pictures and more details under the cut.

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I think I'll be making more of these, but not in that pink blended yarn-that was too difficult even for a really neat, textured result like I got. They really are a nice quick easy knit and will show off some of my handspun yarns to good advantage.

Manos del Uruguay

I have acquired two lovely skeins of Manos del Uruguay in a red/pink/grey/white and I have no idea what to do with it! I saw the colorway and just had to have it- and I knew that one skein wouldn't have amounted to much but now with 200 yards - I am still stumped. I wanted to make something that would show off its lovely colors. Can anyone make a suggestion?