More Weaving

I’ve finished two more woven scarves, and I have to say, it’s really fun and I love the results. I’m still working on getting my edges even, but washing and blocking helps a lot. (Not really blocking. You actually wash it and hang it on a rod to dry. I like that better than pinning out the edges of a shawl. Shawls aren’t really “wash and hang” types of things.) All in all, weaving/washing/blocking sure goes much faster than knitting. No wonder I’m hooked on it.

I haven’t tried a two color woven scarf yet, because I’m having too much fun weaving with multi-colors. Do you ever find a gorgeous multi-color yarn that you want to buy, but you’re not sure what you can make with it that will work well with the coloring? Weaving always works well! But if you want to knit with multicolors and you need a good pattern for it – try Lintilla, Hitchhiker, Wurm, or Boomerette. (Need suggestions for multi-color yarn? Lorna’s Laces, Hand Maiden, Fleece Artist, Mountain Colors, Studio June, Sweet Georgia, and Three Irish Girls are all great choices.)

This one was done with Wollmeise Sock in True Love.

And this one was done with Wollmeise Sock in Versuchskaninchen.

I have a few more colors set aside for future scarves. But right now, I need to get back to some knitting. My sweater is not progressing. I’ve decided I’m not a good sweater knitter, although I keep finding sweater patterns that I like. I’m not giving up on it because I love the yarn and want it to be a sweater, but I do find sweaters challenging to stick with, for some reason.

Have you discovered there is one thing that you’re not as good at knitting (or finishing)?

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Malabrigo Silkpaca, Shalimar Breathless and More

Lots of pretty colors and lots of luscious yarn up in tonight’s Monday Update! (Monday aka “Grow Your Stash Day” or “Start a New Project Day”. I think that should officially be on every calendar.) We just added in:

Malabrigo’s new Silkpaca Lace – Available in 24 colors, this ┬áhand-dyed lace has a beautiful sheen and wonderful drape. 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk, and 420 yards in a skein. Perfect for a drapey scarf or shawl. (Shown here in Abril.) Try it for a Lancet Shawl, or Good Day Sunshine, or a Montego Bay Scarf or a Spice Trade Shawl.

Shalimar Breathless – still one of my very favorites. I just picked a few more skeins for a fall project for myself! (Camp Loopy Project Three is almost done. Time to reward myself with an awesome new project!) This fingering weight yarn is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 15% Silk. At 420 yards per skein, it’s a perfect size for one-skein shawls and socks, as well as scarves and cowls. (Shown here in Tequila Sunrise.) Try a skein for socks like: Pas de Deux, or Helen Socks, or Pillars. Or try it for scarves like: Cerus, or Kernel, or To Infinity and Beyond. Of course it is also beautiful in shawls, which is probably what I’ll use it for. Thinking about another Derecho with this. (You need a light, medium and dark color for Derecho. Easy.)

Dream in Color Classy – a re-stock of all colors, just in time for fall sweater knitting. Classy is a worsted weight yarn that is machine washable and comes 250 yards to the skein. Great for sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, mittens and easy-care kid clothes. Check out these fun patterns that call for a worsted weight: Dark and Stormy (or really any sweater by Thea – I love them all), Arroyo shawl, Windschief hat, or a Pine Forest Baby Blanket.

Dream in Color Tulips Baby Sweater Kits – in both boy, girl and unisex color choices. Each kit comes with the mini skeins needed to knit one sweater, as well as the pattern. (Finished sweater shown here. Colors will vary.)

Chic Knits Patterns – Bonne Marie’s patterns are always well written, stylish and timeless. I have about 10 that I want to make for myself. I really need to get into a sweater groove and jump in.

Have fun shopping and we’ll have fun pulling your orders and packing them up just for you tomorrow!

Sheri whoalwayslovesgrowingheryarnstashonMondays