American Wool Series

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


So somebody flipped a switch and it's Fall. Just like that *snaps fingers* and I'm already planning oodles of hand knits. Oodles, I tell ya. I've got a sweater in the works - the Bailey Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. This baby is knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and I have to tell you, the yarn is so smooshably soft that it doesn't even bother me that I have to knit 16 inches before splitting off the fronts and backs. It's that good.  I have pictures to share but not enough time to do it tonight, but soon, I promise!

My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I have an actual full weekend to hang out and be with my family. Hurray! Can you believe that? Two. Full. Days. Someone bring me my smelling salts! I feel a fit of the vapors coming on.

My first night of class is tomorrow. I got my dates all mixed up and thought the first day of class was Thursday but, no, it's Wednesday. My emotional readiness is lacking but it's only one night so I can deal.

Thanks to everyone for their feedback on the new Fall cornucopia of patterns. I can't wait to get started on some of them. And Chris? Thanks for saying that you love a certain designer's work so much you want to punch him. It made me laugh out loud and feel glad that I'm not the only one that has such a, ahem, violent reaction to awesome knitwear.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Fall Goodness

That guy Jared knows how to put together a lovely Fall collection. There's quite a nice variety of sweaters and accessories although I'm surprised that only one of the sweaters is for men. What do you think?

As for Knitty Deep Fall I like the variety of projects and queued a fair share in my usual this-is-new-must-queue-now style but will likely cull the herd after the shiny new phase wears off. I thought Tenney Park was a lovely use of entrelac, which I hate knitting but like the look of, but I may have queued it because of the lovely eggplant color used in the main body of the sweater. I also like the ambroso mittens and apis dorsata

What's your favorite new Fall pattern?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dipped Infinity Scarf

 Did I tell you about the crazy amount of yarn I purchased at Sock Summit in July? Well, I still think it was a huge addition to my stash but it will be well worth it if all of my projects end up as lovely as this one. This was my first purchase of the weekend and it's totally squee-able. Totally. I can't wait for it to get cool enough to require scarves just so I can show it off.

Pattern: Dipped Infinity Scarf by Laura Chau
Yarn: Dirty Water Dyeworks Merino Tencel
Needles: US #9 Addi Turbo Lace
Mods: None! Bought as a kit and knit just as written.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Super Crazy Busy Time

Hello! Please pardon the lack of posting - it is indeed super crazy busy time. Summer is ending and school is starting and I've got a to-do list about as long as I am tall. That's pretty long, people. Besides working a ton I've been trying to get all of my school things in order. Registration. Books. Parking permits. Bus passes. You know, stuff. It feels as if every time one thing gets marked off the list about three things get added and I'm having a hard time adjusting to the inability to GET THINGS DONE and having them stay that way. Down, things, down. Good things. Treat for you.

One thing I have gotten done is the baby sweater for my friend, Rebecca, who is having a little girl. I know she likes girly things but also has a taste for the modern so I thought the Playful Stripes Cardigan would be perfect. It's girly but not froufrou and it gave me a chance to bust out my leftover balls of Baby Cashmerino.