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Archive for January 14th, 2009

New Yarns in My Shop

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

seasidecushy200.jpgFor those of you knitters who read this blog but don’t live near Lansing, Michigan… I just loaded a bunch of handpainted yarns on my shop. Most are Cushy ColorSport, a DK-weight machine wash/machine dry merino wool which comes in half-pound skeins. This was the first yarn I decided I wanted to put my name upon it. The stuff is just plain wonderful… like little smooth springs. Yum.

I also put up a good number of “oddballs” wvioletflame300sharp.jpghich are skeins that don’t fit my standard put-up. Most are odd because they are smaller skeins than my normal skeins. Many of today’s oddballs are my TipToe Sockyarn in all sorts of fun colors, many semi-solid for colorwork (or heels/toes) fun. A few are nearly full skeins, plenty for women’s socks (at a better price).

oddaster100.jpgOddballs are also good if you want to try a yarn but don’t want to buy a full skein to swatch. There are a few skeins of the Cushy ColorSport, for example, which is pleasant yarn but maybe you are not sure if it is a good match for a particular pattern you want to knit.

greens248yd.jpgIf you live in Lansing, Rae’s Yarn Boutique has every Cushy ColorSport color I’m listing here, except for Jo’s Garden (pink/purples). If you can buy at a local yarn shop it is good to do it. Therefore, locals please come down to the brick and mortar shop at 2004 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing, rather than to my website shop. You can touch the yarn there, which is an extra bonus, and you save on shipping as well.

If you need a belly laugh…

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir.

Just the name is funny. But an art car with 250 singing fish and lobsters? You must see this! When you get to the page with photos, look at the links on the left navigation bar for video clips. Just plain hysterical in motion!


The photo? The bottom right dish on the plate, rolled up pinkish fish in a safety belt made of seaweed? That’s salmon sashimi. (Nothing to do with an art car except a shared word.)

Yeah, I eat it about 1-2 times a week. I never eat steak, though. I don’t like steak. I think sashimi is a better dinner. Your mileage certainly may vary. You must admit, though, that this platter was created by an artist with food!

Ribbed Continental Cast On

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

guitarhatalpacasilk125.jpgRita on Ravelry has knit a few of my Guitar Hat patterns. She has been casting on in continental/long tail for the first few (the hat shown here was cast on with all knit stitches since that’s how I specified the pattern… it would lie flatter if cast on in rib).

I made a mention in the pattern that if you know how and want to do it, you can cast on in rib. She wrote to ask me how to do it.

I found a video showing a Knit 2 Purl 2 long tail cast on. Since it teaches you how to do both a knit and purl stitch for the cast on, you can adjust it to any sequence you like. The Guitar Trim hat calls for a Knit 3/Purl 1 rib which is my own personal favorite, since it is very flat looking (and it does not mess up stripes as much when knitting socks in self-striping yarns).

Perhaps some of you would like to visit this excellent cast-on video. (FYI: some of the written text on the page is not in English, but she speaks in English when walking you through the process in the video.)