Monday, August 14, 2006

Yarn confessional (and some knitting)

Firstly to prove I have not just been off buying yarn and other knitterly items this week, here's the capelet so far - almost at the point of starting the decreases (Hazel you were perfectly correct, the decrease row has an incorrect stitch count!):

There is also another inaccuracy in the pattern - after the last lace repeat the instructions omit a WS row to get you to a RS row to start the 20 rows straight. Maybe the designer thought this was obvious, maybe it is, but it's still a little annoying. I prefer patterns to be clear and not assume huge leaps of deduction in the knitter ;-) I nitpick because one of the things I do at work is write up work instructions for technical testing. These have to be clear enough to allow someone not particularly familiar with the systems, to execute particular procedures or investigations.

I have also finally started on Sgt. Pepper! The centre back piece is complete, picture over on the KAL.

On to yarn acquisitions. Stash Fine Yarns are having a great sale on some lines, including Louisa Harding Kashmir. This is pretty much the same mix as RYC Cashsoft DK, so I snagged some aqua yarn at least some of which will be chemo caps:

I had ordered some silk laceweight from Curious Yarns which turned up this week. The colourway is "Saturn", it's gorgeous stuff. This is going to be the Shoalwater shawl, a Fiber Trends pattern. I also bought the Flower Basket shawl pattern which I will make in either Rowan DK or merino laceweight (picture clickable):

As DH says, plenty to keep me occupied this winter! I also caved and bought some KSH for the first time, one ball in a new violet shade to make the moss stitch scarf that Alice recently completed, and three balls in Dewberry for a Kiri shawl.

You will also spot the "Vogue Shawls on the go" book which arrived today from Amazon. There are some lovely patterns in this, well worth buying if you like shawls and wraps. One pattern for a drop stitch wrap takes only one skein of Colinette Tagliatelle. I've also found a lovely wavy pattern wrap to use the DB cotton from the ex-Tulip. I was going to make Midwest Moonlight with this but I think I'll do that with the Wool Cotton I've got instead.

Not pictured is two skeins of Cascade 220, one in black and one in silver grey. I had already identified these to make Ysolda's Skull Illusion scarf, and since I was ordering some patterns and bits from Get Knitted, I thought I might as well get them! I also got some 4 and 5mm DPNs in bamboo, which will hopefully be a lot easier to wrangle when finishing off hats than the metal ones. Also invested in a 12mm Addi 40cm circ, which looks more like a medical instrument than a knitting needle, but should be great for Colinette hats.



At 2:26 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger Mandy said...

You are making great progress on your caplet! I love the colors in the yarn! Your stash is growing very nicely!! I am very jealous of your kashmer! Happy knitting!!

At 7:40 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger Annarella said...

Well done on the capelet, it's looking great. You're absolutely right, I do remember finding an error, which was really awful to come across as I hadn't been knitting much at the time and kept thinking I had done something wrong. Bum*er!

Your Curious Yarn is GORGEOUS! Just soooo so beautiful! {drooling}


At 8:01 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger nanatoo said...

Lovely, lovely! The capelet looks really nice, and what a pain about the errors. It's hard enough to get this stuff right! Well, it is for me anyway ;)

Love the colour of the Kashmir, the CY is delicious and wow you're doing some tough lace knitting! Well, you will be soon-ish, lol. You really do have the lace bug :)

My silk sleeves are in Dewberry but I really prefer that new shade. My dewberry was my freebie though :D

At 8:56 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger Seahorse said...

Oooh, drool! What fab stash! I love the way the capelet is coming along.

At 9:52 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger Rain said...

The capelet looks great so far.

That silk is absolutely divine.

You plans for the winter are fantastic. I can't wait to see them all nitted up.

At 9:53 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger Rain said...

Er... I mean Knitted up. I wasn't suggesting your knitting has fleas ;)

At 10:39 am, August 15, 2006, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Nice progress on the capelet. I agree - a pattern should be comprised of clear instructions and nothing should go without saying. Lots of wonderful purchases, too. The Curious Yarns laceweight for the Shoalwater Shawl - delicious! Good find with the LH Kashmir!

At 7:31 pm, August 15, 2006, Blogger Alice said...

Crikey, you've been on a spree. Gorgeous stuff, especially the colours of the KSH and the laceweight silk. That Shoalwater Shawl will be so stunning. I'll have to put that on my list of covetable items.

I'm going to check out Curious Yarns.....

At 8:56 pm, August 15, 2006, Blogger acrylik said...

Fantastic stash haul there!

The capelet is coming along really well. How annoying about the pattern being wrong though, I'm glad to hear you have got it sorted out.

The Curious Yarns laceweight looks so wonderful!

At 11:45 pm, August 15, 2006, Blogger Badger said...

Cor blimey, that's some nice goodies you've been buying!

The capelet looks great and I know exactly what you mean about errors - it shouldn't be too much to expect proper proof reading and test knitting, but unfortunately this often doesn't happen.

At 9:56 am, August 16, 2006, Blogger Dipsy Doodle said...

Gosh, all those goodies! This yarn sure sent me dreaming, I guess I need some new one pretty soon too ;)
And I so love your capelet, it's going to look fantastic with this great yarn that you're using, I so adore those little multicolored specks in it!
Isn't it a nightmare to get patterns that contain mistakes? I have to admit I haven't come along many so far, but there were patterns with mistakes for me as well in the past, and gosh, I got nuts with that! I mean, patterns usually cost quite a bit, either being sold on their own or in magazines, and for heaven's sake, for that price one could expect correct patterns, no? Great to hear that you solved these problems though!

At 6:52 pm, August 16, 2006, Blogger Sarah said...

Well done on the capelet. While I don't like to find errors or deficiencies in patterns, but do feel smarter when I am able to navigate my way through them.

You've made such nice additions to the stash family. I'm especially fond of the Shoalwater Shawl pattern and its yarn.

At 10:56 am, August 20, 2006, Blogger Sharon said...

That's some bounty you have there! And I love the capelet yarn, really subtle and lovely.

At 7:18 pm, August 20, 2006, Blogger C x said...

Curious Yarns and KSH ?*dribbles* I've just finished a shawl and had sworn of starting another but seeing this little lot is giving me bad ideas! *must resist the laceweight*

At 9:54 pm, August 21, 2006, Blogger Kendra said...

So many lovely things. I'm so jealous! I love the colour of the KSH you've bought and that curious yarns' yarn is absolutely gorgeous. The capelet is looking great so far.

At 11:46 pm, August 21, 2006, Blogger Gaby said...

Nice capelet! I visit your blog for first time; I like the violet-blue yarn and the others too :)
Regards from Buenos Aires

At 1:47 pm, August 24, 2006, Blogger Piglottie said...

Wonderful yarn haul! I love the Curious Yarns silk, that colourway is divine. And the new violet shade of KSH is gorgeous too. Thanks for the yarn porn!


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