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Archive for May 22nd, 2008

Cushy ColorSport/Wee Welcome Set

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

New Yarn! New Project!

I dyed some yarn a few weeks ago, and promptly set out to knit it into something wonderful. Here is the result.


The yarn is my Cushy ColorSport (I just put up five new skeins, four new colorways, on my shopping cart). It is a delectable machine-washable wool yarn which is great for children because it is not scratchy at all. I can not count the times I’ve been asked if it was cotton, by people who are not familiar with merino wool.

This is super, lofty, springy, cushy wool. The good stuff. Good enough for me to put my name on it.

For the record, Norwegians have put babies in wool for centuries. They have soft baby wools just for the purpose. And wool needs no chemical treatment to be flame resistant. It is naturally self-extinguishing, unlike treated fabrics whose flame-resistance wears off a little each time you wash it.

The Pattern

The design I knit is my friend Chris’ Wee Welcome Set (from Knitting at Knoon designs). What a lovely, heirloom gift this would be.


Here I have a photo of the sweater and the hat I knit, together… and then two sets of the booties. The sweater is in the colorway a friend named Lynnabelle, because the main color is my signature turquoise (it looks a little more blue in this photo, but it’s a slightly-greenish turquoise).

The booties show one pair in Lynnabelle, and one pair in Seaside. Seaside is a little turquoise, a little purple and a unifying dose of blue. Every time I dye this it comes out a little different but I always use the same three dye colors. It’s great when you want to knit for a little boy, or for an adult who likes sea and sky. (The last garment photo is a Wee Welcome Set in Seaside, knit by my friend Rae.


These yarns are for sale on my shopping cart, as of right now. I may not need to mention that quantities are limited… I dye yarn when there are no classes to teach and no other deadlines.

perfectspringcushyflammegarn600.jpg(I’m excited, there are now three pilot colorways of Flammegarn, a method of dyeing which shows off texture, lace and cables well without being boring. I have not offered Cushy ColorSport in Flammegarn often.)

The skeins are a half pound, which will make an entire Wee Welcome Set with enough yarn left over to make a diaper cover of some sort as well, or maybe some wristwarmers for yourself. Two half-pound skeins will get you enough yarn for a basketweave Cushy Blankie, and the pattern comes free with a purchase of a pound of the yarn.

flammegarnblueskyhalfpound600.jpgThe Yarn

For the record, the yarn is a DK weight so it takes less weight to make a sweater than if you used worsted or thicker yarn. This is because the fabric is thinner, and drapier, and more flattering than thicker yarn, so the final piece weighs less.

Diana has some Lynnabelle she is swatching, to make a sweater for herself. It’s not just for children’s wear. In fact, my friend Jillian (of Big Girl Knits, More Big Girl Knits, and KnittySpin) suggests DK weight yarns to flatter curvy figures. I just like the drape better, no matter what size.

The Class

If you are in the Lansing area, I will be teaching a class on the Wee Welcome Set at Yarn Garden in Charlotte. It will be held on the four Wednesdays in June, starting June 4, Noon-2pm. I would love to have you join me. Contact information is on Lindsay’s shop site, though the class is not yet listed on her classes page (it was in the newsletter).

Paulette’s Finished Sock

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Paulette rocks. She came to me maybe 2 months ago, no longer. She had a dream that she would knit socks. We dove in, and look at what she has done. A completed sock… unblocked but fresh off the needles. She had to learn how to bind off to finish this sock, because her other 2 projects were hats which ended at the top.

paulettefinishedsock.jpgTwo months ago we started with knit, then purl, then rib. We learned two sorts of decreases. She finished a hat. She finished another hat just like it, but with fewer “hiccups.”

Mind you, I did not know how to knit ribbing for 20 years after I learned the knit stitch. She had 2 ribbed hats in 3 weeks.

And we got right on those socks… and she learned how to use double-pointed needles with small yarn. She learned how to pick up and knit stitches. She learned how to bind off.

She knows more than I did after 2 decades of knitting (garter stitch scarves, but that’s knitting). The sock fits well, and she is eager to wear the pair so the second one is surely already on its way.

Go, Paulette!