New exciting project

Or rather new project with new exciting yarn!

I’m not sure if it’s destiny or what, but the pattern I stumbled upon is actually called Soft Rainbow Shawl (from Zsuzsa Kiss). That just after I’ve finished my rainbow colored shawl. This one will be gradient, but not rainbow colored. I love the way the teal works it’s way into the brown. I hope it will turn out nicely.

The yarn is the Manitou Evolution in Arial (a super wash ┬ámerino) from Twisted Fiber Arts. It’s a wonderful light finger weight and super soft. I love working with it!

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Fibermania

I decided to try out some different fiber. The best way to learn is to try, right? And since I prefer knitting scarfs and other delicate pieces I went ahead and ordered some luxurious fibers that are new to me. The yak fiber is one for example, that I’m still considering how to spin. I also ordered baby camel; the silk, angora and merino blend; and some nice kashmir fluff. They are all fantastically soft!

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Besides this I found a fun package of 28 different sheep fluff 1 oz to try from woolgatherings. I will write more about that separately.

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Win!!

A while ago, several Swedish yarn stores participated in a week long fest to promote and celebrate local yarn stores. As part of this, they held a contest, and I was one of the winners! Woo! I never win anything usually. I was very pleased with my prize, which in my opinion was one of the nicer ones up for grabs: my choice of colour of Naturgarn’s Indiecita yarn, from Valaine Organic Lifestyle.

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I picked the colour Indigo and added a few balls to my winnings to make sure I have enough for a cardi. Lovely!

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What (k)not to do

I don’t really believe in knitting rules. As long as whatever you’re doing works for you, go for it. There is, however, one exception, one rule I live (knit?) by: No knots in knitting.

I broke this rule the other day. And the results were really… great.

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I must start by saying the reason for the knotting happening was that I was completely stumped on how to otherwise join this new ball of single ply 100% silk to the first one. Felting (my go to method) obviously wasn’t going to work, Russian join wasn’t going to work, overlapping the two strands for a few stitches seemed like tempting fate with such a slippery yarn and loose gauge… so I remembered reading about the magic knot a while ago and decided to give it a go.

I may be a knot convert yet. I was pulling like crazy on that knot and it wasn’t going anywhere, and it’s damned near invisible in the project.

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All snuggled up with the bumps. Excellent.

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Yak going awry

Inspired by the Craftsy class about wool (I’ve written about it earlier) I set out on a fleece discovery and ordered yak (in the picture below) baby camel and a nice blend of angora, merino and silk. All of them considered luxurious fiber.

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I tried spinning the yak today. Totally unsuccessful!!! The yarn simply falls apart. The fleece is magnificently soft, but not very long. Either I must go with more twist or simply blend with something else.

A bit disappointed I picked up the angora blend instead and the result was immediate.

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