December 29, 2020
This week, Yarn Folk is open Monday-Thursday, 7 am - 3:30pm, closed New Year's Day, and back on Saturday to kick off 2021, 9am - 3pm!
January is often dubbed "Selfish Knitting Month." and while I might quibble with that concept (Why is there no "Selfish Golf Month"??), it can be a fun time to cast on a new project just for you--especially if you spent the months leading up to the winter holidays knocking out gifts for others.
So, do you have a project--just for you--slated for the new year? My plan is to finally cast on Deliciosa in Berroco Lanas. I'm using the Grapefruit color, which I think will lift my spirits through the getting-lighter-but-still-dark-and-usually-foggy January days.
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January 1 (Friday) closed
Well, that was exciting! On Wednesday afternoon, UPS delivered two large boxes from Malabrigo, and FedEx brought me a big box from Earl Grey Fiber Co. Both challenged my space management skills, but I did manage to log in everything, tag it, and get it onto the shelves and wall before I left for my holiday break! There is fresh stock of Malabrigo Sock, Rios (LOTS), Arroyo, Washted, and Rasta, as well as Earl Grey Fiber Co. Darjeeling and Chamomile (spaaarkkkllly).
The Oslo Hat is the update to the CC Beanie--that style you see EVERYWHERE, and think "I could make that myself." And you definitely can. While the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn held double, I'd been thinking about Plymouth Moon Shadow, which is a DK weight cotton/alpaca chainette yarn, which is both super soft, and naturally marled. And I had a just-barely-used ball of Berroco Aerial in Tea Rose, which matched Strawberry Moon. Holding the two together, I cast on for the adult women's size on the recommended need (US 4). I used every bit of the mohair*, and about 1.68 balls of Moon Shadow (84g).
*I did run out of mohair for the last five or six decrease rounds. If I pointed it out to you, you might be able to tell. If I didn't, you would not. If I were making the hat again, I still wouldn't dip into a second ball of the mohair--I'd cast on without it, and wait a few rounds before adding it in, as those rounds are not seen when the hat is worn.
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Hmm, I'm not sure I realized until just this moment that I had two Petite Knitter projects in the works at the same time!
Tundra is a circular yoke sweater knit bottom up using Lopi. I haven't stocked Léttlopi, but back in April, when Berroco rolled out the Drop Ship 1-2-3 program (still available!), I ordered the yarn for this sweater. I made pretty quick progress up to the point where the sleeves and body were joined, then stalled out for awhile.
Based on feedback from Knitter Renee, who also ordered yarn for the sweater, as well as a few other Ravelry projects that mentioned the issue, I eliminated some depth from the yoke chart to prevent bunching at the underarm. Determining where I could strategically remove rounds became a fun game! Here it is, blocked and drying--hopefully it won't stay damp for too long, because it's going to be warm and cozy, and I want to wear it!
I rounded up a bag of leftover fingering weight yarn so that I would have it at home, ready to cast on this "Twelve Days of Christmas" project on Christmas Day. The Advent 2020 Socks are divided into sections; by knitting the appropriate section on both socks every day it is theoretically a 12 day project! Taken on Monday, this photo shows one sock with sections 1-3 complete, and the other with sections 1-4. There are some details to be added with duplicate stitch later. And yes, they are intentionally different!
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