Little Purls of Wisdom

A lot of knittting, and maybe a little wisdom.

New arrivals April 20, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 3:24 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve posted projects that I’m working on, so I think it’s time I catch everyone up. I sent out a baby blanket for some family friends last week. I designed the blanket based on a simple 6 stitch cable, and added an edging from Knitting Beyond the Edge by Nicky Epstein.

Baby Blanket

I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, about 7 skeins (approximately 950 yards) on a size 6 needle. Were I to knit this again, I would definitely use a size 7 to make the project faster. It was started on a 4, but by the time I was 3″ into the project I realized it would take WAY too long. The finished project is really nice- great stitch definition, a soft fabric and a good stroller size blanket.

Blocking the baby blanket

As much as I like the finished product, I didn’t love the yarn. It looks pretty and feels soft in your hands, but the splitting gets really really annoying. You can also feel the microfiber more than I would like to. Don’t get me wrong, you can feel the cashmere as well, but I would like to feel more of it. Were I to make this again I would probably go for a superwash merino like Reynolds Revue. I’ve used it for baby stuff before, and never had a problem with splitting.

Right now I’m working on a very late pair of christmas socks of a friend of mine in one of the Opal socks yarns. They’re farther along than this picture (on the foot of sick #2 – woohoo!).

Opal's HArry Potter series in the Harry and Ron colorway

Happy knitting!

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It’s official… I have too much yarn April 12, 2011

Filed under: Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 6:41 am

In an effort to reorganize my life and set myself up for success and not over stashing, I have decided to take an inventory of my yarn stash. BIG MISTAKE! Well, from the perspective that I have forgotten how much yarn I have, exactly what I have, and how much I REALLY don’t need any more yarn. On the other hand, I will finally be sure of what I have and that I really don’t need another skein of that Malabrigo sock yarn… So with the help of Ravelry, I will be master of my own little knitting world. This has also solidified the principal of not buying any more yarn. I’m pretty sure I have enough yarn that it would take me 5 years to knit through all of it. Seriously, too much yarn for a girl who wants to move to another country and have space in her room for a bed. I also have the help of my new camera to make the project a success!

 

Basket of sock yarn

I can finally show off my projects! It’s very exciting. It’s taking a little while to get used to, so some of my early pictures are rough but they’re better now. I took pictures of all of the yarn in the sock yarn bin (let’s not discuss how many  future pairs of socks I have) and as I look through them all I can tell that it was about half way before I really got the lighting and focus right.

 

Herring Bone Rib Socks in Abstract Fibers sock yarn

Needless to say, I’m in love.

Malabrigo sock yarn