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Madelinetosh DK, Juliespins, and Alpaca

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 15th, 2010 in Shop News

I think I like the Monday Updates just as much as you all seem to! I get excited to show you the new things that have come in from the week before. Tonight is no exception. I know that many of you have been waiting on the Madelinetosh DK to get back in stock. We were waiting for them to get enough DK yarn base back to dye up our order, and it finally arrived last week. We put 40 colors up tonight, and of course we’ll continue to get more in the weeks to come. This is a heavy DK/ light worsted weight and is great for sweaters and quick to knit hats and scarves. I also used it to make two Mara Shawls last winter, and I liked them so much that I kept them both. (Please note, I wear mine the other way. The none-bib way.) Mine each took about 2.5 skeins to knit. I knit the body out of 1 skein – just keep knitting until you run out – and then used the rest for the ruffle at the bottom.

We’ve also added in a new base from Juliespins – her Lace 960. That means there are 960 luscious yards of laceweight in each skein. It’s really beautiful. I shy away from lace. I made one scarf out of 100% silk laceweight, and I think it scarred me for life. (Was it the slippery silk? Or the fact that it was knit longways? Or the small diameter of laceweight? Probably a combination of all three. Julie’s superwash merino laceweight would probably be easier on my brain and fingers.) What is a good shawl pattern for 900-1000 yards of lace? Maybe if I see the right pattern, I’ll be tempted to give it another go.

We were able to get some more of the Regia World Ball yarn in again. This self-striping yarn is a lot of fun to knit up. Many of the colors will match up with your favorite sports teams, and the Italy and Rome colors are perfect for Christmas! (Oh – speaking of Christmas – Jill at Studio June is dyeing up more of the “It’s a Loopy Christmas” colorway for us, since the first batch sold out and many of you have emailed and still wanted a skein. We’ll have it in a couple of weeks. Let us know if you’d like an email when it arrives.)

To round it out, we have re-stocks and some new colors in three of Alpaca With a Twist’s lines - Socrates (fingering weight), Jumbo Baby Twist (DK weight) and Fino (laceweight, silk and alpaca. This stuff tempts me, too.)

I started a new shawl over the weekend, and I had to re-start it THREE times. Not because it’s difficult. Just because I apparently can’t read and count from time to time. What is the most number of times that you have frogged something and started it again? Is there a maximum number of times you’d re-do it before giving up? I was extra careful the 4th time and it worked. I’m not sure I would’ve given up, just because it is an easy pattern to begin with and there was no need for me to keep screwing it up. On a hard pattern that I had to rip a lot? I might give up after the third time….

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