Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Ode to Knit Picks

As many of you know, I LOVE Knit Picks...and the catalog is almost like my knitting before-bed bible. That Kelly Petkun is a genius and I really should write to her personally. Not only are the Knit Picks brand yarns affordable (duh...it's practically like stealing!), but the quality is above average and some are exquisite! I've bought one skein of almost every one of the Knit Picks brand yarns and I've been more than pleased with them. The thing I like best is that the colors are wonderful....not only do they offer most classic colors, but also include bright, fun and just yummy shades for those of us out there who love color like they love chocolate. (mmmm....chocolate....) Don't tell anyone, but I've actually put my name on my catalog once it comes in the mail, just in case someone steals it on me (and who would blame her?)....forgetting that, in fact, this catalog is free and I could easily get another one. (The yarn-aholic in me just cannot bear to think of a night without going through the vibrant, pattern and yarn filled pages! Ahhh!!!) Not only does Knit Picks offer free patterns of creative, fun and also classic accessories/clothing to download online, but they also give you free patterns IN THE CATALOG! Eeeeee! (squealing) They offer every type of gauge yarn....laceweight, fingering, sportweight, worsted and bulky. Most of the yarns come in both varigated colors as well as solids. Their merino sock yarns are terrific...love the patterns and different styles...I've even used the iPod pattern with the sock yarn for my husband's iPod....came out great and was easy to understand. I'm just about to order a bunch of the new Fall line of yarns...including Ambrosia (baby alpaca and cashmere), Panache (baby alpaca, cashmere, silk and extra fine merino), Twirl (superfine alpaca and wool), Decadence (superfine alpaca) and Parade (superwash selfstriping sock yarn). I've already bought the new Suri Dream (in Fern) and I'm more than pleased with it...I'm making the Dreamy Throw for my new living room couch...it's 74% Suri Alpaca 22% wool 4% nylon.....it's very similar in texture and appearance to LaGran Mohair, except softer and a little furrier. The colors of Suri Dream are fantastic...like sherbet colors and I'm tempted to buy one of every color! Knit Picks seems to offer only the best books and tools...at least all the ones I'm interested in. Shipping is fast and super cheap...FREE if you spend $30 or more....can you believe it? I would love to meet Kelly some day and congratulate her on the wonderful job she's doing...especially for knitters who are on a budget but who also love yarn like their own children. So, in conclusion, spend $30 and get yourself a whole bunch of Knit Picks yarn and get addicted like me. You won't be sorry! (Also, check out the Knitter's Review...they've reviewed the earlier yarns in more detail and I trust them.) Happy Knitting!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Baby Bootie Blunders

Finally in the new house...loving all the new space and my HUGE walk-in closet!...all the more room for my yarn....and space for MORE yarn!

Finished the super delicious, warm scarf for my friend in Winsconsin out of the Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande yarn...in a blue/green tweedy color. I had enough left over to make him a pair of mittens, too. The pattern from Weekend Knitting for the Super Mittens...very nice...very easy and, if you use the right yarn, super cozy. The scarf was over 6 ft long and a nice width...only needed 3 skeins for both projects total. Now, I'm itching to make myself a pair out of the bubblegum pink....my older son, Tim, has been eyeing the mittens as well in another color. Might surprise him with them for the winter.

Had some trouble last night at knitting with my awesome knitter group....I was talking so much and paying attention to the wonderful new projects everyone was working on that I ended u making a mess out of the baby booties I was making.

I'd already knit one of them at home (in a super soft baby Sirdar dk yarn in white), but my brain went into overload and I lost stitches, added stitches and pretty well made a mess of the thing. Spent some time this morning getting it all set and now I still have more yarn to knit one or two more....still on the first skein! The pattern I'm using is from Ann Norling...a little confusing at first trying to adapt the pattern to working on 2 circulars, but got the hang of it after a while.

Didn't get the Knitted Babes book yet, so I'll be doing another blog this month on the books I mentioned. Also going to be listing my favorite yarns next month and doing a review of the KnitPicks yarns, too. I bought almost one of every kind they have. Would love to hear from you about any of your favorite yarns and favorite knitting books.