Archives from February 2011

Malabrigo Overload

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 28th, 2011 in Finished Projects, Shop News

Well, mabye overload doesn’t convey the right idea. Overload makes it seem like it’s “too much”, and that’s just not true. There is no such thing as too much Malabrigo. But we do have boxes and boxes of it that we put up tonight, and that’s a good thing!  We’ve re-stocked: Malabrigo Rios and Malabrigo Lace. We’ve also added in Malabrigo Rasta. To be honest, I saw Rasta last year at market and thought it was a bit …. big. Thick. Chunky. But I’ve kept an eye on it and then saw a couple of things knit up with it, and now I get it. Completely. Here’s a cowl (Howling Winds Cowl) that I did up in a couple of hours last week. It takes just one skein of Rasta and is knit on size 15 (10 mm) 24″ circs. I did my first ever i-cord cast on and cast off in this pattern, and I’m an immediate fan of how it looks! Plus, I can’t imagine a warmer cowl. It’s large enough to tuck into a coat, or pull up over the bottom half of your face when it’s really windy.  (I think this colorway is Arco Iris, but I’m not sure. It was a sample skein that my Malabrigo Rep gave me, and there wasn’t a tag.) You can get a copy of this pattern free, with the purchase of one skein of Rasta. If you’d like the pattern, just add an order note and let us know. We’ll email it to you. To top it off, we have Malabrigo’s Book 3 Pattern book in stock.

Also up tonight, more Lorna’s Laces Worsted, Lorna’s Laces Sock in the new colors (Hullabaloo, Kerfuffle, Monkey Shines, Shenanigans, and Tomfoolery), Loopy Project Totes, CiD Hanscom designs (including her new pattern set, Balloon Tying Creatures #2), lots and lots of Addi needle re-stocks, more Ysolda patterns, Stephen West patterns, Connie Chang Chinchio patterns, Grace Akhrem patterns, Bekah Knits patterns, Heirloom Stitches patterns, a re-stock of all GoKnit bags, Schoppel Walle Zauberball, and Regia’s new self-striping Kaffe Fassett colorways (shown here in the Anthracite colorway.) We also did a big re-stock of Knitspot patterns mid-week last week, in case you were waiting on a few of those to come back in stock. Come check out all of the new things for the week and see if you need a new project or two.

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful birthday wishes on Ravelry and Facebook! WH and I snuck up to Chicago this past weekend for fun and celebrating, and then when we came home last night, we found Web Guy waiting for us. That’s an awesome way to start a Birthday Week! (Well yes, I DO intend to extend the celebrations for a full week. Don’t you?)

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Bad Hair Day

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, February 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized

We dashed up to Indiana two weekends ago to surprise College Daughter for her birthday. While we were driving down the main street of Upland (it goes on and on and on… for two blocks…), we saw this snowman having a bad hair day. I can so relate, some days.  Not that my hair ever stands straight up like that. But did I tell you about the time (in 4th grade) when Web Guy had to write a “Top Ten Things You Love About Your Mom” list for Mother’s Day? Number 4 was: “I think you’re really pretty except in the mornings when your hair looks like a pulled apart bush.” He pretty much nailed that description. Actually, that was my favorite thing on the list and the original note is now in the scrapbook, preserved for posterity. But I’m thinking that this snowman really has the pulled-apart-bush look mastered, don’t you think?

Your Cat and Dog comments cracked me up on Wednesday’s blog! Did you all read some of those? Like Diane’s cat who walked off the end of the dresser while bird watching? And Cathy’s doxie Gretel, who felt threatened by a rock on an evening walk? Or Sue’s cat Max, who was scared of dust bunnies? So many funny stories! It makes me feel better to hear that Gracie isn’t the only dim (much loved) bulb out there.

Lots going on this weekend – I’ll fill you in on Monday. I’ll also be working on my Ultra Pima sweater (almost done with the back) and I’m thinking of starting 28′s Cousin 53 in DC Smooshy with Cashmere. I picked a lovely color, and then the Elves pointed out that I rarely wear what I knit. (Socks, yes. Shawls and scarves? No.) I realized that it’s because I tend to knit colors that I love, but that don’t always “go” with things I wear. So this time, I picked Basalt, because I wear a lot of black and it will go perfectly. What about you? Do you tend to pick colors you want to knit or colors you’re most likely to wear?

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Three Irish Girls Adorn

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 in Finished Projects, Finished Socks

I’ve always loved Sharon’s sense of color. She was one of the Yarn Love dyers and came up with some of your very favorite colorways (which we have carried since our first Loopy year) and she continues surprising us with beautiful color mixes through her Three Irish Girls company. This is Kirsty, done up in the March Mosaic sock pattern. (Pattern by Wendy Johnson and shared with our sock club last year.) As I mentioned in last week’s post, slipped-stitch patterns are great for mixing up multi-colorways and making the colors play nicely together. Of course I know there are many knitters out there who like pooling and letting the color just do what it’s going to do, but for those of you who don’t, watch for these types of patterns to add to your library.  One thing to note if you’re making socks with a slipped stitch pattern, you might want to go up a needle size. We have more fun things planned with Sharon and Three Irish Girls. We’ll keep you posted!

For those of you with cats and an iPhone or iPad, you might check out the Cat Toy app. Here, Gracie (right) and Zoe (left) are watching the butterfly fly around the screen. It comes with a Butterfly, Spider, Laser Dot, and Mouse. Generally, Zoe is too smart to be fooled by this toy (although she is more entertained by the butterfly), but Gracie wants the mouse on every evening, so she can try (once and for all) to finally catch that dumb mouse, as it runs across the screen. Gracie isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, but she makes us laugh and she’s a sweetheart. She dives at the screen and talks to it. I’m hoping she doesn’t put a paw through it one day…  Does anyone else have a cat or dog that has more sweetness than brains?

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Dream in Color’s Smooshy with Cashmere

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 21st, 2011 in Shop News

We’ve been waiting a long time for another batch of this beautiful yarn – Dream in Color’s Smooshy with Cashmere. When it arrived last week, we had the bags spread out all over the floor, just to see the colors all at once. (And I might have picked out a couple of colors for my own self. Job hazard.) This MCN mix is 70% superwash, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. The higher percentage of cashmere in the mix (like Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga and Sweet Georgia’s Cashluxe Fine) makes this yarn especially smooshy, and great for socks, cowls, scarves, and shawls. This is the special yarn that we used in last summer’s Fourth Anniversary Kit, and we’ve had it here in the shop one other time in multiple colors. We now have 32 colors in stock for you to choose from, done up in Dream in Color’s unique dyeing method.

Also up in tonight’s Update, you’ll find a big re-stock of HiyaHiya needles, including extra cables and tips for their interchangeable sets (and Puppy Snips – always more Puppy Snips), Marie Mayhew patterns, and red and turquoise Knit Kits.

I finished up my slip-stitch sock – I’ll share that on Wednesday. I did pick yarn to make the Batik pattern that I linked to in Friday’s post (this yarn – yum!), but I left it sitting on my desk, waiting to be wound. I came to my senses and decided that over the weekend, I needed to finish my sock, and then I needed to be working on:

1.  My Cabled Scarf project and
2.  My Cascade Ultra Pima Sweater project and
3.  The eleventy billion other projects in the works.

Now that I’ve spent time on numbers 1 and 2 this past weekend, I think I can overlook #3 and will be winding up the Fiberphile shortly ….

Sheri whocouldeasilygetusedto4dayweekends

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