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i am too-anxiously awaiting the release of the new knit.1 if the sweater pattern on the cover is that good, its already worth buying.not to mention, its the male issue - one of the few resources for male patterns that i can actually justify investing my time and fibers in.i guess i'll be twiddling my thumbs till nov. 15 for a new sweater project...
the actual wool is a little deeper red with a hint of brown with very slight variegation.
i've started knitting up my malabrigo worsted - the rumors are true. the experience is very amazing and i recommend trying it on your next worsted weight project. i'm knitting a seed stitch cap with earflaps, based on the 'kitty hat' but modified to a tolerable/non-cheesy piece.
below is the color of the hat - worsted pure merino "sealing wax."
spent a wonderful weekend in philly with k. finished my prospy park hat on saturday just in time to wear it to the Fruit Bats/Son Volt concert, whichwas unbelievably awesome. the hat is wearing well and oh so soft. i didn'thave a chance to take pictures, i will soon. the other knitting hi-lite: finally got to check out loop in philly - i had beenwanting to check it out for some time. ever since i read the article in the phillypaper about the two local yarn suppliers that were run and owned by MEN. loop and the knit with (in chestnut hill) - both of which have my hearty stampof approval. bought a fat hank of malabrigo, it has quickly asserted itself asmy temporary yarn of choice. can you tell? this hank is a deep, subtly variegated red. the color title... get this ... "sealing wax." how great?!can definitely get 2, if not 3 red hats for holiday gifts pumped out in no timefrom my new acquisition. OH. i also scored a great sweater from daffys for 19 dollars, its a warm brown t w e e d wool that i am planning on tearing out and recycling. a LARGE sweaterwith wonderful wool for less than 20 dollars. i can make a smaller size sweater for myself that will fit and still have some left over to make something small. oh how i love yarn recycling.....
okay wow... so i have no willpower. already purchased this today. hey, i found a great deal on ebay! yes i'm defensive about my problem. [please see previous post]
malabrigo worsted pure merino
i have absoluetely no self control. seriously. none.
malabrigo :: worsted pure merinoy e s , p l e a s e[check out that price/yardage ratio......]
well - i finished my prospect park cap last night... was planning on wearing it today because of the fall chill, but decided that i'm going to go back and rework the decreases. the hat is just a liiittle too short - definitely wearable but not so that i'll be completely happy with it every time i put it on. i guess its to be expected since i was altering a previous hat pattern that i had conceived but translating it to a significantly smaller gauge. think i'll go back into the body tonight, add an inch (a few more stripes) and re-decrease, shouldn't take me more than an hour. i'll feel much better about rocking the hat this fall after performing surgery on it
pumping out an original hat pattern for my aurora 8...i can't stop knitting this stuff up! it looks and feels great. i guess the hype is well-founded. hope to finish my hattonight and be wearing it in the morningi'm on a bit of a stripe kick. photos to come soon. i'm headed over to the yarn co. on 82nd and b'way after work. i've stopped trying to convince myself that i wont buy anything on my (all too frequent) excursions to nyc yarnsuppliers... i've realized it is more realistic to try and insure some sort of spending limit. though, i'm worried because i knowthe karabella and manos stashes there are crazy...not to mentiontahki. i've been scheming for some tahki 'soho' recently... we'll see what happens
as those of you in new york understand... my love for School Products isperpetually exploding out of my chest. one of my more favorite hide-a-waysin manhattan. so i went last night after work, caught the 1 train down from lincoln center andwas swimming in a sea of yarn by 5:15. i walked in audibly chanting to myself "i will not spend money on yarn... etc."has that ever worked? i walked out 38 dollars cheaper than i was when i wentin but about 38 times happier! finally bought some aurora 8 because i've been wanting to use it ever sincemy mom got on the karabella kick when she visited maxine this summer with me at Stitch Therapy. also splurged on some karabella Puffy... a bulkysemi-boucle merino that will be softer than anything i currently put around my neckshade cards for my new purchases below:
aurora 8 (what a pallette!)
puffy (not all colors pictured... at least not the color i bought)
the cold weather gets me excited! how long have the knitters of new york been waiting to wear warm hand-knits that have been in the works for the last few months? i myself... am a scarf whore. i'm rockin the gloves now and oh so soon... the sweater!i'm setting my (sweater) completion goal for next week. just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and it looks like i'll be rocking the long sessions of couch knitting. grey and rainy... just how us washington (state) natives know it to be. lets hope for some major progress. i feel guilty having a knitting blog with no pictures. i know i personally need the visual stimulation. just know that when i get my camera back, you will be so overwhelmed with photos of my projects that you will forget all about this imageless vortex of text. (... vorTEXT???)
oh elsebeth how i love you
just when i thought it would be a while before i found something i loved more than elsebeth lavolds silky wool.... i have to go and order two hanks of... yeah, you guessed it.... SILKY TWEED (also by Lavold). Oh god ... So good. Its gonna make the perfect finishing touch for the sweater. and of course i'm already trying to find a way to make another sweater using silky wool/tweed... or really anything that will let me keep working with this one.obsessive?
oh what a weekend
spent most of the weekend knitting through the grey brooklynrain spell we had. it was great! saturday morning i hiked over to Knit-A-Way Brooklyn on Atlantic Ave. If you live in NYC, especially Brooklyn, you must check this place out. She has a great selection of yarns for every project. I neverleave the place without an unexpected surprise in my bag. A great oasis of tweeds to boot.... I picked up some Misti Alpaca Worsted [color: marigold melange] and Classic Elite '03 Tweed [color: 5927] (this stuff is great! think i have a new favorite...)Randomly picked up a new project and whipped out a pair of fingerless gloveswith the alpaca (poor man's cashmere) by sunday night. After spending most of the weekend finishing up small projects (i finished Voodoo)I resolved to hit the sweater with new tenacity this week. Its finally time to wearit and i'm so close to finishing anyway. so i'll be sweatering hardcore these nextcouple of nights... hopefully finishing soon.
a shocking discovery!!!check out this yarnSTCY's Karaoke looks like something i could really get on board with.my twitching finger is hovering over my mouse/purchase-machine.trying to ward off impulse. if anyone has personal experience they'dlike to scribble... i'd love to hear it. oh, ps :: softer than kureyon and much more subtle color transitions. tweed-esque solids also available!
Raglan Sweater :: Knitting Pure and SimpleUsing: Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool :: Color: Moss
Voodoo Wrist Warmers :: Knitty PatternUsing: Tahki Donegal Tweed :: Color: Mustard
Shedir Cabled Cap :: Knitty Breast Cancer Special IssueUsing: Rowan Calmer :: Color: Coffee Bean
Felted Market Bag :: Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
Using: Lamb's Pride Worsted :: Colors: Sandy Heather, Grey Heather, Brown HeatherFelted Needle Roll [includes sewing] :: Fabulous Felted Hand-Knits by Jane DavisUsing: Lamb's Pride Bulky :: Colors: Loden Leaf, Sandy HeatherFingerless Gloves :: Weekend Knitting by Melanie FalickUsing: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed :: Color: Rustunfortunately.... my computer is in transit from old apartment to new apartment. so photo posts will have to wait. until then its work blogging only. not nearly as exciting... i realize. we all need visuals.
first things first... i dont love blogs.
i'm really starting this because i want to join the ny knit-ring.
i'm not completely anti-blog, but this is a stretch. its for motivational purposes. i guess i owe it to many of you whose knitting blogs i secretly stalk ... lurking in the cybershadows, always seeking free patterns that a male knitter can somehow adapt or springboard from ... deserve some reciprocity.
okay so there we have it. a little swatch of text just floating around insignificantly. i guess i'll put up some pictures of my work. sometime.