Thursday – Yarn Tastings

We have 2 yarns this week to play catch up from the website update and transfer. Bamboo by SWTC 5 sts / inch on US 6s 100% Bamboo 250 yards Color: 134 Bamboo on Ravelry I got a bit smaller of a gauge when I knit with the US 6s.  My gauge was 5.5 spi.  Not sure how I feel about the variegated yarn on a garment, but I love the feel and look of the knitting and the swatch.  The drape is beautiful.  I can’t wait to see this yarn in action.  I am interested in seeing how this compares to the original Bamboo that SWTC had on the market.  I have a skein; I will need to pull it out and do a comparison.  The stitch definition is amazing especially after wet blocking when the stitches plump up. Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas 3.5 – 6 sts / inch on US 4 – 11s 67% Brushed Suri, 22% Merino, 11% Bamboo 142 yards. Color: 900 Brushed Suri on Ravelry I have never wanted to make a swatch into a pet, but the Brushed Suri makes me want to hug it and pet it and call it George.  This stuff is divine.  A few of the comments on ravelry are that a skein is like petting a cat.  This is an alpaca yarn that is spun similar to mohair laceweight yarn.  I would never think twice about subbing this yarn for a mohair, because it is super soft next to the skin.  Very very little itch factor on my neck.  I could imagine this would make a very warm sweater so best to think about something with a large gauge or very lacy.  This yarn seems to be a carry along yarn in many...

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WIP Wednesday – The one where I try to melt

I have been knitting away on one project lately. I got the body completed on Saturday. Finished the Hip ribbing that needs a very cool button and a good blocking to look better. I started a sleeve yesterday. My goal was to do it top down and attach it to the body since I have eliminated seams by provisionally casting on everything. I would not let myself go to sleep until I finished the sleeve cap. I went to sleep quite happy because it fit perfectly. We have a new person interested in yarn in this house. Mr Bun was sniffing around the sock yarn box yesterday. I pulled out the camera to catch what I hoped was a cute picture of the bun sniffing yarn. Sadly I catch a heinous crime by the grumpy bunny. Sorry the picture is blurry. He is fast. He tried to steal a skein of STR out of my box and dig in it. Jesh, I thought only my needles were endanger of being harmed by my animals but no it seems the bunny can not be trusted around an open box of yarn. Since I have shown you a crime to sock yarn, I will put you at ease that I am not leaving the stash out for bunnies to make snarled messes out of, but rather to knit with them. My BFF Care Bear had a birthday on Sunday. I have had yarn in my stash for her birthday socks since April, but had not asked her for her measurements. Unfortunately, she reads my blog and looks at my flickr page so ya’ll get to see a picture with the colors scrubbed out.  I tried a new toe with this pattern and I think I really like it.  It has a really cool look to it. Other than that Knittymuggins and I have started the Sexy Knitters Club‘s first all ravelry nominations.  Go check it out.  We have eleven designers nominated this round and hope to have more...

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FO Friday – Some Schexiness

Pattern: Labyrinth by Wendy Wendy Bernard Raveled Here Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed (discontinued) 5.5 skeins in 08 green and 0.5 skein in 12 Sap Green Needles: US 6 (4mm) Crystal Palace Circular Mods: 1) Added an inch more plain rows before starting the waist decreases 2) Added HBD (aka Short Rows) to fit my ample bust 3) Shortened the overall length of the waist decreases by eliminating plain rows 4) Shortened the waist section by half (I am only 5’4″) 5) Shortened the overall length of the hip increases by eliminating plain rows 6) Replaced hem with the Sahara hemline & used a 1×1 rib with tubular BO. 7) Used tubular BO for sleeves and neckline Facts to remember: Just because your regular bra does not show when you are standing still does not mean that you will feel comfortable or not show said bra all night at a party. Keep the slinky low profile bra in the ready for knits like these. Things I love: Everything. I wore this sweater 4 times in the space of the 2 weeks after I finished it. The yarn is yummy. Why o why was it discontinued? The neckline is sexy. The fit is not tight but not too loose. And best of all Wendy told me, “very schexy!” on ravelry Part of the current Sexy Knitters Club...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Since we are in July and I have not shared all of June’s Yarn Tastings, we will play catch up. Here are the 2 yarns from left from June. Samp’a by Mirasol 5.5 sts/inch on US 6s 100% Organic Cotton 120 yards. Color: 604 Samp’a on Ravelry I love this yarn. It reminds me of the Cotlin that I used for Alisa. It has the same hand as Cotlin while knitting without the little pills that come off during the knitting process. On ravelry, I have actually endorsed this yarn as an official substitute for Alisa. It has fabulous stitch definition while still not hurting the hands like many 100% cotton yarns. Olive by Zaol 8 sts/inch on US 2s 100% Tencel 232 yards Color: 1224 Olive on Ravelry I tried really and truly to knit this on size 2 needles. It was loose and icky looking. I couldn’t imagine how it would look good. I forget where I saw it but I had seen that this was a crocheter’s dream yarn. I pulled out my US 3 steel crochet hook and started crocheting. It is a dream to crochet with. The stitches shined just so and they nestled in together so nicely. The yarn became board stiff when I wet blocked it but upon drying it softened up and draped nicely. I did approximately 1″ of single crochet (sc) and 1″ of double crochet (dc) over 32 stitches for 4″. At this present moment, I don’t have an idea of what I would crochet but I am sure it would create some nice flowing...

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WIP Wednesday – POF in its official home

Hey guys, POF has finished its move in. I have fixed all the links that I can think of. If something is wonky or missing, let me know. I need to put in some more widgets but mostly it is all done. Now to the all important, What’s on my needles? BIL Christmas Socks – almost done Prayer socks – First done, Second started Bubble Pullover – 5 pentagons done. I am being a bit weird and blocking as I go. Here is 3 pentagons. I have swatched for a Christmas present but not sure yet of what I want to knit other than a hat for someone very special. A person who has never gotten a hand knit from me before and he has known me since I first picked up the sticks. I will probably knit my new fav basic ribbed...

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Blogging break

I am taking a week off of posting. I will be back after the long 4th weekend. I will be messing around with the blog and website to make it more user friendly. Please make sure your RSS feed is routed through http://feeds.feedburner.com/PursuitOfFiber. If you have the feedburner feed for POF, then when I make changes and switch software and finally come to a place where I am happy you will not have lost me. The blog will still be on my website Pursuitofiber.com, but I am changing how I publish and how the archives are managed. If I can’t use it easily then how can I think that you the readers enjoy using and reading the blog. No worries. I am still knitting and maybe we will have a Finished Object Week when I get back to show you the wonders that have happened here in chez...

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WIP Wednesday – airy

I have been airing out the WIPs by knitting them in the outdoors. All of them have progressed. I fell in love with this pattern, the Bubble Pullover from Knitting Nature, before I ever bought the book. I was just looking for the right yarn and the right occassion. Now I understand the middle of summer is not the most ideal time to be knitting a 100% wool sweater but considering I still wear sweaters for most of the summer it is not too much of a hardship. First came copious swatching. I really wanted to have a more fitted sweater than the original. The smallest size gave you a 46″ bust. I wanted something a little big but not that big. So the first swatch (red) was knit with the original stitch count on smaller needles. It was still too big. It would have given me a 43″ bust. I wanted smaller so I crunched some math and cast on with the needles to get gauge and less stitches. It worked and the sweater will be a 40″ bust. Now I am sure you are sick of the bubbles so let me distract you with socks. My swap socks are past the heel and I no longer am worrying if they will fit. They are a bit snug on my feet so they should fit just right on hers. I love the way this pattern turned out. BILs socks are coming along nicely. I got to the last toe increase on Friday and got to where you see now while watching Get Smart. I loved the movie. It gave me answers to my fav show as a kid. Now I am not that old but I used to stay up late when visiting the grandparents and watch Nick at Nite. Lastly the Firebrick Mittens are on to there second mitt. I am so excited. Now if I can keep the momentum up, ya’ll will see the pattern...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Purelife by Rowan5.5 sts/inch on US 5s100% Organic Cotton131 yards. Color: 984Purelife on Ravelry This yarn had such a lovely color that it drew me in while I was knitting with it. I loved that it had this subtle variation in color similar to a kettle dyed yarn. It was really hard to see it in the yellow but I was knitting outside and the sunshine brought out the differences. Now I might have loved the color but I was not too keen on the knitting experience. The swatch is only 4″ by 3 1/2″ and in that short time span of knitting it, my hands started to hurt. Not badly but enough to make me wonder if I would enjoy an entire outfit out of this yarn. It was also a bit hard to not split the plies. I never thought I would say that about a yarn but it would start to unwind a bit on the needle and so by the time I was to knit into the stitch the plies would be spread out. It was definitely a mindful knit. Also any variation in your stitches will not block out. I wish I could keep the colors and have a bit less rough of a yarn. I know that this has great ecological value because it is organic but organic does not need to mean hard and crunchy. Another yarn I used this month was organic and nice on the hands, so I know it can be done. The resulting material is nice, soft & plump all that you would expect in summery...

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WIP Wednesday

I was good this week. I paid attention to all my WIPs but of course got more done on the largest and newest one. The Firebrick mitten in its smallest size is doing well but I cam getting distracted by shiny knits. I need to get the thumb on by this weekend. My goal was today but Churchable got sick with food poisoning last night and he did not get to sleep till 4AM and since I was the nurse maid to my hubby I stayed up and helped him when needed and started the Buffy series over on Hulu.com. I have decided to take my time with this WIP since it is a swap that does not end till the end of August and I want to keep my partner in my thoughts and prayers till then. If I finish too early, I fear I will not be so mindful of the purpose of the swap. The BIL Christmas sock has gotten a wee bit of attention since I was standing around talking with Churchable’s co-workers & knitting after their meeting to find out the fate of their jobs. He was kept! Yeah! Lastly this is my current obsession. I cast on at the neck on Saturday after cleaning my studio and swatching. After I woke up today, I cast off the hem. The hem is not supposed to be a shirt tail hem but I just loved the one in Sahara (which has moved to a new house to live) and really wanted to incorporate it into this pattern. Now which pattern have I start, why the Labyrinth pattern by Wendy. I am doing this one along with the Sexy Knitters Club also. I guess I could say this is also part of the Knit anything by Wendy until the book arrives KAL. I am really looking forward to her new book. I don’t normally pre-order books but I had to with...

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2008 Summer Knitting Goals

The image is from a site that has demotivators. Ali over on Skeins Her Way is having a contest to keep your knitting on track this summer. I thought I would jump in since I seem to be aimlessly drifting lately. Finish the Firebrick Mittens (ravelry) & get them ready to sale the pattern. Finish BILs socks Finish Prayer Sock Swap II socks Finish Labyrinth with the Sexy Knitters Club Frog & Re-cast on Churchable’s Mariners socks in LL sock Start Sanford’s ski hat in yarn provided by him Start Bubble Pullover from Norah’s Knitting Nature in Malabrigo Start one more Christmas gift. Most likely Bud’s in knitpicks lace Start Tomato by Wendy in knitpicks shine Start & Finish my Mom’s Christmas present in Knitpicks comfy Start & Finish my Dad’s Christmas present in LL Worsted Start & Finish Urchin in Noro Transitions Start & Finish Christmas Fiddle Faddle for our tree in random stash bits Start & Finish RPMs for Churchable in STR Mediumweight Updated:...

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