Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

Fluffy Mail March 15, 2013

I finally found someplace where I could order the Tosh Merino Light in the color I really wanted for a sweater, Eat.Sleep.Knit.  It was more expensive than other places I’ve seen Tosh Merino Light listed, $21.00 a skein to the $19.00 my LYS Loop charges, but it’s so hard to find any Madelinetosh in quantity that I just went with it.  My order got here super fast too, just three days turn around.

Tosh Merino Light, Golden Hickory

 

It’s the Golden Hickory colorway (the same as the Pashmina that I got at Knitty City) and I love it.  I’m planning another top-down raglan with a boat neck, 3/4 sleeves, and tunic length.  Of course I have to finish the green sweater before I cast-on for another big project, so I’m hoping to get those sleeves done this weekend.

As if yarn wasn’t good enough, I got a little “Yarn Lotto” card with my order and I won a $50 store credit!  So who knows, there may be another Tosh sweater in my future.  They also sent two mini skeins which I can use on my sock yarn blanket.

In other news, the socks I’m making from the Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou are coming along nicely.  I’m just about finished the gusset so I should have the first sock finished by the end of the weekend.  I’ve also decided I’m going to frog the Rick sock.  I’m just not happy with the way it’s turning out and the unevenness of my yarn overs.  I’ll have to so some searching to find another good pattern to use with the Manos Alegria yarn.

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New York, New York, what a wonderful town March 10, 2013

My long awaited yarn crawl of New York happened yesterday and here’s the woolly goodness I brought home with me.

First stop was Knitty City.  They had an incredible selection of yarns from ultra high end blends all the way down to Sugar ‘n Cream cotton.  The staff was super nice and they even had a “man” chair for my husband to sit and read in while I shopped.  I found 5 skeins of Tosh Merino Light in Stephen Loves Tosh for a sweater but I was unsure of the color (it was mostly golden yellow with a bit of purple).  I decided I would wait on it and check out the other store in the area, The Yarn Company, to see what they had.

We walked over to the Yarn Company but they weren’t open yet so we hung out at Starbucks for a coffee and a morning bun.  I talked to my mom while we were there and we both agreed that I couldn’t pull off yellow so sweater yarn from Knitty City was off the table.  After we were finished, we walked over to The Yarn Company.  I have to stay I wasn’t super impressed with the selection.  It was mostly high-end yarns.  They did have some Three Irish Girls and the Verdant Gryphon as well as some other exclusive yarns, but nothing really called out to me.  The store itself was very neat and organized, not like the barely controlled chaos of Knitty City.  I did end up making a purchase, some Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou superwash merino in Black Magic II which is a sport weight in 50g hanks.  It was much more than I would usually pay for sock yarn, but I really liked the colorway.

Great Adirondack superwash merino

We walked back over to Knitty City and there I grabbed a hank of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Golden Hickory (the colorway I really want to use for my sweater) and a bag of Koigu KPPPM mini skeins for my sock yarn blanket.

Knitty City Yarn

We hit the Lego store for the kids (and my husband) and then had Korean for lunch.  Our next stop was School Products Yarn.  Now if you’ve ever been, the store is not much to look at.  They carry a lot of imported yarns and some unusual fibers ( I still have a ball of baby camel from my last visit three years ago that I have yet to do something with).  I was hoping to score a cone of their Provence Lace Merino like I did three years ago, but they didn’t have any.  I did buy a cone of the Lace Merino in a very pretty blue.  The cone is a pound and a half so that works out to be 5,100 yards of yarn for $39.00.  It’s definitely worth a stop to see what they have on hand.

Lace Merino Cone

We did a bit more shopping and then ended up at Purl Soho.  It was nice, reminded me a little bit of one of my local LYSs, Loop.  They had a decent selection of yarns and in quantity as well, They were all arranged in the front of the store so you had to use a ladder to reach the upper cubbies.  There was also fabric and sewing notions in the back of the store.  I had some hope of finding my Tosh Merino Light, but they only had semisolids.  It was fairly crowded when we got there so I just didn’t have the patience to try and find their sock yarns.  If I’m in the neighborhood again, I’ll probably pop in for a quick visit but I don’t think I’ll go down there just to stop at their store.

There are a lot of places that I just didn’t get the chance to visit or were closed.  Seriously, who’s closed on a Saturday?  I’m hoping to attend Vogue Knitting Live next January which should keep me busy enough that I won’t have time to visit any place else.  All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my haul but a little bummed that I couldn’t get my sweater yarn.  I already have plans to do Citron with my Lace Merino but I’m already dreading all that purling.  I’ll have to look through my queue on Ravelry to find something to do with the rest of it, maybe something Estonian, I have a love affair with nupps.  Even after that, I should still have enough for another shawl, if not two so we’ll have to see.

 

Shopping! (and some knitting too) February 8, 2013

I have not been in a LYS for such a long time, probably more than a year.  I went out on Saturday to check out a new place opened by one of the members of my knitting group called Hidden River Yarns.  It’s a bit off the beaten path for me but worth the trip.

Hidden River Yarns

I ended up with a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, some miniskeins for my sock yarn blanket, and some stitch markers for a yarn swap I’m doing.  They had some cashmere blend sock yarn that I was sorely tempted to by as well as some gorgeous handspun.  I’ll be heading back up there on the 17th to work on my long hibernating sock yarn blanket, so I may succumb yet.

This afternoon, I hit two stores closer to home.  My first stop was Loop.  It’s always been one of my favorites, bright and airy with a nice selection of sock yarns which is what I always look for first.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

 

This is a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Vanilla Bean.  I wasn’t planning on getting this particular color.  I am planning on making a shawl with it and needed to coordinate with another skein of Tosh Merino Light that I got as a gift two years ago.  I’ll be doing the Stella Luna shawl in a wonderful deep purple and the Vanilla Bean.

Stella Luna ShawlMadelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

The purple in the Vanilla Bean isn’t the same as the purple in the other yarn, but it’s close enough to be able to pull it all together.  I’m hoping to be able to cast-on for this by the end of the month, once I can get some new cables and needle tips for my interchangeables.

My second stop today was Rosie’s Yarn Cellar.  It’s nice and cozy and again has a wonderful selection of sock yarns.  I have been very interested in checking out the new Manos sock yarn, Alegria, and was not disappointed.  I wasn’t brave enough to get one of the neon blends, but there is always next time.

Yarn

 

I like the colors in the skein I picked a lot and am thinking about trying out one of the patterns from the Knitter’s Book of Socks if it’s not too much trouble to alter it to fit my foot.  The top skein is some Noro Iro, their bulky wool/silk blend, that I bought for my swap along with the Soak samples.

Enough about yarn, no onto some knitting.  I have not been working on this anyway near enough, but here’s my progress on my new green sweater.  It’s a top-down raglan using the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Pattern.  I’m about to start my third ball and am a few inches away from breaking off for the sleeves.  I’m worried about running out of yarn on this one so I’m going to put in a lifeline at 3/4 length for the sleeves and then knit the body and see if I can get away with long sleeves or not.  Here’s the progress I’ve made so far.

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I’m using School Products Provence Merino Lace, doubled on US Size 8 (5mm) needles.  I need to have it finished by March 9th when I go to New York so I can wear a sweater I made myself (something that’s only happened once before).