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this is a knitting blog!

so why don’t I actually write a post about what I’m working on? genius right?

as I was grabbing my knitting basket to take pictures I noticed a few things: I don’t have any socks on the needles(!), I’m using some form of plucky yarn in all my projects, and I’m using three different types of needles.

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let’s start with the newest project on the needles, my up north cowl. I fell in love with this pattern as soon as it came out, the chart reminding me of a kilim rug. I didn’t cast on until this week because I kept waffling on colors. I almost went with a natural color for the mc and a hot pink for the cc, but instead went just a bit out of my comfort zone with a scummy yellow (yellow submarine) and a deeper purple (sweet nothings). the colors in the photo are almost accurate, the yellow is just a tad darker, not as gold as it reads in some spots. the base is oxford, a fingering weight woolen spun merino/cashmere blend that is gorgeous to work with. I keep stopping every couple of rounds to pet it.

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I’ve seen some people call this and, it’s worsted weight sibling, scholar rustic and scratchy. I can’t disagree more! the yarn feels dry in the hank, this isn’t an over-processed or limp yarn. I never find it scratchy and love the way it blooms and softens even more after blocking. it just feels like wooly goodness.  let me say again, this is MERINO and CASHMERE. it doesn’t have that shine or buttery feel of the mcn’s that are popular right now and that’s one of the reasons I love it. it’s nice and sticky, making it perfect for this project. I’m knitting the cowl version and have just finished the first chart rep. shouldn’t be long before I’m done.

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next up is warren in snug worsted. I first saw this sweater at last year’s rhinebeck on amy miller herself and knew I had to knit it right away. fast forward a few months and a ton of swatching later and I finally cast on last week. who knew getting 5 spi with a worsted weight yarn would be so difficult? ever since I started knitting again a couple years ago I noticed my gauge has become very loose. I keep trying out different needles hoping for some magic bullet but so far nothing. I thought I found it with the kollage square needles, but even though my swatch said one thing my gauge was different on the actual sweater. I ripped out and cast on a smaller size to get the ease I want. with my luck, my gauge will be spot on and the cardigan will be tiny. I’ll talk more about needles in a later post, but I really like the tips on the kollage needles and I was able to get away with knitting on 3.75 mm needles vs the 3.25 mm I was down to in my swatching.

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besides the gauge issues, this has been going pretty smoothly. I know I’ll stall out when it comes time to pick up stitches for the collar, my knitting kryptonite, but for now I’ll enjoy knitting through the body and working with this yarn. in real life the color, peninsula, isn’t quite as yellow as the photos are reading but it’s pretty close. I can tell this is going to be a soft and, well, snuggly knit with the cashmere and alpaca mixed in. the plying reminds me of the Italian yarns like karabella aurora 8 and creates a beautiful stitch definition.

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lastly is my docklight, which I cast on almost two months ago though it feels like it’s been years. the “single shaker rib” is a half brioche stitch and just as slow growing as ‘regular’ brioche. I’ll totally admit I could have been further along if I didn’t keep casting on other projects, but what fun is that? the one smart thing I did was knit the sleeves first since I no longer trust my gauge swatches. blocking them did show me how much this yarn, plucky cozy, grows when wet. I almost had a heart attack when I tried the first one on and my arm was swimming in it. while it was still a little damp I ran it through the dryer a few times in the gentle cycle. thankfully it shrank back to normal, but I’ll be interested to see how the yarn behaves when the sweater is all done. I saw so many people mention cozy grows but they didn’t specify if they meant when wet or while wearing. I chose it for this pattern specifically to help against growing. fingers crossed.

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while the knitting of the body has been pretty mindless, some would say mind-numbing, the sleeve caps had some pretty cool techniques. while I was familiar with the double decreases from knitting oshima (I love the way they look in both patterns), this was the first time I had done a wrapped chain selvedge or a sloped bind off. it’s these little details I love finding in the brooklyn tweed patterns. unfortunately I do have to reknit the sleeve caps since mine came out too tall. I’m going to try to tackle that this weekend so I know what to do with the armhole shaping on the body.

I have a lot of knitting to look forward to this weekend!

P.S. I wanted to thank those of you that left comments in my last post and those of you that sent me messages through ravelry. I guess I’m not the only one has had encounters with weirdos. 😉 enjoy your knitting this weekend!

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  • rachellake March 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

    that sleeve cap is a thing of beauty 🙂

  • CHRISTINE! April 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    You’re the only weirdo I interact with.

  • Aimee April 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    It’s so good to stop in and see your blog full of KNITTING! I love it. I am going to have ot fire up my RSS feed again and go grab everyone’s blog addresses. I remember when you started mad knitting socks on IG like a year ago or soemthing and thinking I miss reading Yahaira’s knit blog. Look it’s still here… let’s get back to the good old days of blogging again, shall we?

    • bitterpurl April 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      aww I’m so glad to hear that! I wanted my own little space again and if no one came over to read it oh well. I’m happy to see you had the same idea! It seems we’re always in sync. now let’s get that kal started ; )