Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Greatest Yarns of All Time, Yarn #2

Great Yarn, #2

I have never been a Noro freak. It's very interesting. I love what it can do. I enjoyed doing Lizard Ridge:

I am loving Bobby's Garden:

Until I knit this hexagon, I never knew the absolute gorgeosity of Silk Garden:

Noro Silk Garden is a blend of 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, and 10% Lambs Wool. This particular bit of color #245 has a high silk content. The luster and softness of this little hexagon gave me my Noro "aha" moment. I am now a devotee.

The Greatest Yarns of All TIme

When one works in a knitting store, one always feels pressed to knit garments out of yarn that the store carries. At least "this one" did. Now that I am no longer working at a store- the first time in over 10 years- it has freed me to knit whatever I like. And also, since I am no longer working at a store, I have to limit myself to what is in my stash. NO PROBLEM! I am shopping in my stash and it is such fun! I have been pondering over my personal faves. As the end of the year is the perfect time to do a Top Ten, this week, I will be featuring THE GREATEST YARNS OF ALL TIME. In no particular order.

Schoolhouse Press Laceweight Icelandic- Could there be a more versatile, interesting yarn out there? One can use it single as lace weight, doubled for garments. It is warm, gorgeous and very well priced.

I am hoarding this yarn to make Meg Swansen's Ram's Horn Cardigan. If you do not have the book, "Meg Swansen's Knitting, by all means go to Schoolhouse Press immediately, and buy it. Every sweater is an heirloom.

 It is a grey, rainy day today.

Perfect for tea and a little sewing.

Have a cozy, nice day. More yarns tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Continuous Strand: MAX

A Continuous Strand: MAX


Max Cowl

I once knew a woman who said that everyone has certain characteristics that make them look like an animal. She would entertain herself on the subway by looking at people and deciding whether some guy's nose made him look like a mouse or that a woman's walk and hair made her a lioness. And we did work with someone who looked and acted just like a merkat. She would never tell me what I looked like- she said that she didn't want to hurt my feelings. (uh-oh)
Whatever animal I evoke, it is definitely something with a very, very long neck. My neck is always cold, so I love cowls. They use very little yarn, are super easy, and don't bunch up under your coat the way scarves and moebii (?) do.
I had some Twinkle Superbulky left over from an afghan, and loved the color. So, I whipped up in a couple of hours, the chunkiest cowl ever. It is named Max, in honor of my best canine buddy, Max, the Shi-tzu:

Max, the Shi-tzu.

The pattern for Max, is as follows:

There is also a pdf link above.
2 skeins Twinkle Chunky
size 17 needle

Cast on 68 stitches with size 17 needle. Join, being careful not to twist.
K2, P2 around every row until 12 " from cast on. Bind off very loosely. Weave in ends.

Thats it. It took only a couple of hours. Hope that you enjoy it!