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Archive for November 16th, 2005

Colorful Knitting and More

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

hatAs you may know, I love two-color knitting… specifically, “stranded” knitting which is sometimes called Fair Isle. I love Turkish socks, Norwegian mittens, Estonian, Latvian, any culture’s knitting which does this.

I just got a book on Andean knitting (also stranded) today, through the mail. I’m only on page 23, the history behind the book is wonderful. The book is called Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski, and I got it on Overstock.com (thanks to another blogger’s mention of it). So far, so fabulous!

hatWell, as I mentioned earlier, I taught at Rae’s Yarn Boutique on Monday. And my! did she have some fine knit items hot off the needles! There is a red and cream hat with stranded knitting and a “braid” detail. This one is in a more traditional handwash wool, very warm and springy.

And then the luxury of the next set: Louisa Harding yarn (a blend of cashmere, microfiber and merino wool which is delightfully machine wash/machine dry and comes in 2 weights and bunches of colors) in a hat and matching glove (soon to be two gloves, I’m sure). This yarn is squishy, dense, soft and warm. Total luxury. And lovely too… no? She says the specifics on the pattern and yarn, etc., are on her blog, Extravayarnza, if you are interested.

In other knitting news, I’m nearly 3/4 of the way through my Watercolor Bag for Threadbear. I gave in to temptation, as well, and I wound one ball of the Cascade Indulgence… and knit a hefty swatch in two different stitch patterns (both variations on ribs). It looks promising, at leat before handwashing/blocking.

I’m 1/3 of the way through my 2nd charity scarf. I’m very ready to be done with this one… it’s a color that I don’t love but it’s warm.

And I was thrilled today (the first day we’ve had any snow at all) that I found my second bulky alpaca wristwarmer (in my dance bag… the first one was in my purse). It was missing for a week and I missed it.