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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

click click clicking of knitting needles

Is anyone surprised that this post is crammed full of photos? I do frequently think deep and profound thoughts about yarn and patterns and life in general but... they get put aside because I want to SHOW you everything that is going on!! Plus, too many deep thoughts can really drown us sometimes, no?

There are a lot of different patterns represented here, a lot of different price points... if you ever want to make something that we made but want to stick to a different budget - email me! There are many yarn substitutions that we can make for you and you'll still have a fantastic finished result!

SO! Anne finished some summery knits recently. This t-shirt is from the latest Knit Simple Magazine. I love how she went for it with 3 bright colors instead of one solid color as in the magazine:

"Rolled Standard" from Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2008 (#8)
Berroco Suede, 7 balls (2 of purple, stone, 3 of pink)
Size small
Yarn Cost: $70

These ankle socks are ribbed and knit in a lightweight cotton/elastic (Anne is the sock queen):
"Ribbed Anklets" from Creative Knitting May 2008
Crystal Palace Panda Cotton, 1 ball (2 balls for a pair)
Size 9" circumference
Yarn Cost: $6.90 for pair: $13.80

Carol knit this scarf from Designer One Skein Wonders. It's not actually a lace pattern - you drop the stitches when you're done knitting to create a lacy effect!
Waterfall Scarf from Designer One Skein Wonders
Claudia Hand Painted Sport Yarn, 1 skein
Yarn Cost: $24

I finished Chantal - I LOVE this cardigan:
Chantal from Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 from Berroco
Ultra Alpaca 2 skeins, Ultra Alpaca Light, 4 skeins
Size 30" (but turned out a smidge bigger like I wanted)
Yarn Cost: $36 Button Cost: $18.80 (I'm a sucker for shell buttons)

This shawl takes advantage of elongated stitches and contrast between skinny mohair and beautiful silk. Both are hand dyed yarns from Colinette:
Mulberry, from Arboretum from Colinette
Tao (silk) 2 skeins, Parisienne (mohair) 2 skeins
Yarn Cost: $79

Need a break from the larger projects? How about a scarf?
Prismatic Scarf, free pattern online
Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1.5 skeins
Yarn Cost: $22 (you could do it in one skein for $10.99)

Or a little cropped sweater knit in chunky yarn? You can pick any yarn you like plus appropriate needles for the yarn and knit this little capelet from the top down:
Anthropologie Inspired Capelet, free pattern online
GGH Aspen, 4 balls
Size - 12" arm circ.
Yarn Cost: $ 32 (try buying something at Anthropologie for $32!)

Finally - another great Norah Gaughan pattern (can you tell I'm a fan?)
Aamu from Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 from Berroco
Pure Merino Nuance, 7 balls
Size 30" but relaxed after washing
Yarn Cost: $60

OK! That's the latest!
I have one more Yarn Tasting Teaser to post later this week, and then the big event is next weekend!! Have you emailed me to confirm you're coming? If you do, you'll have a gift bag reserved for you :-)

Have fun with the string,

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