October 22, 2007

Craving some Lantern Moon needles

I don't own too many knitting books. And, surprisingly, most of my books are the non-pattern type books. I guess I really enjoy the knitting stories. One of my more recent purchases was the Rowan Knitting for Him book. I was just browsing Barnes & Noble the other day and saw the book, realized I had never seen it before, so, I went all impulsive and bought it.

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So many beautiful sweater and cardigan patterns. There are at least 3 I'd like to attempt... except... they're all made with Cashsoft and other relatively expensive DK weight yarn. Anyone know of a good workhorse-ish substitute? I'm thinking a DK Malabrigo or Cascade 220. Something of decent quality with good yardage per dollar.
I suppose I could attempt the sweaters with Malabrigo and smaller needles, but, I don't want the fabric to be too dense. Maybe I'll swatch it up.

Stopped by Joann's with Danielle and Kevin the other week. I ran into some of Vanna's yarn. The colors just called out to me, and the yarn was surprisingly soft, so I bought a few skeins. I have no idea what I'll be doing with them... but, the colors go well together and they were on sale.

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Another yarn I purchased recently is the Dream in Color yarn. I had been hearing a lot about it and it's totally distributed from here in Illinois, so, I figured I'd try it. I ended up getting 2 hanks, one for me in the Strange Harvest colorway and one for my swap partner Suzie in a green colorway.

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It's REALLY soft. I'm excited to try it out, but, have to find a good pattern first.

I'm coming VERY close to finishing my Coach knock-off scarf. Danielle and Kevin came to "Jilberr" on Thursday and I spent some time weaving in ends. It was tiring and tedious, but not as tiring and tedious as I imagined it would be. I'm glad it's over though. I plan to do one more block of each color before I finish. There's still a good amount of yarn left over so I was considering making the scarf longer, but, it's tortured me enough. ^_^

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People have been leaving me some great comments. A big thank you for those! Some people have been asking questions about projects and such... I don't actually have the skills needed to reply to these questions. There are a lot of blogs that I comment on and receive a response through e-mail. I don't really know how to go about doing that, so, from this post on, I'll be answering questions from the previous post in the new post. I feel bad for leaving people hanging. =)

Knit hard!


Nichole D. said...

I was going to suggest Cascade 220- it's the ultimate wool workhorse, especially as far as price, yardage, and softness go.

You can always switch to Haloscan for comments, and be able to reply in emails, although you're idea is a good one, too. I can help you if you want to switch!

Nichole D. said...

Oh, and that Dream in Color yarn is gorgeous!

Eikon said...

Hmmm I use nature spun; cascade makes my soul weep. :)

Camping Jason said...

You can set it up through Blogger. If you go into your settings tab, then click on the comments link, there's at the bottom labeled Comment Notification Address. Put your email address in there and you will receive and email whenever someone comments on your blog.

Nice knitting by the way, I want to make an exchequered scarf someday.

sko_G knits said...

that coach knock-off looks so delicious!! seriously, i want to eat it up!! gorgeous.

Charles said...

When i saw pic of your Rowan "Knitting for Him" book..I just order mine at amazon!I can't wait to see the book!

Dream in Color yarn looks so yummie!

earthchick said...

The book looks great - it's going on my list.

Another DK yarn option is Knitpicks Swish DK. I haven't tried the DK before, only the worsted, but the colors are great and it knits up well (plus it's cheap and machine washable).