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current obsessions

I’ve noticed that with my stashing or knitting I tend to binge in certain things. I may stash a ton of yarn all in the same color without realizing it until I upload photos into rav. or I’ll want to knit the same shawl shape or sweater silhouette over and over again. right now my current personal trend seems to be stripes in fingering weight yarn.

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I try to knit a pair of socks every month and the last four pairs have been carbon copies of each other. I didn’t set out to knit the whole regia design line by arne & carlos, but I have loved every single color and they are so easy to zone out with. a little too easy actually. I totally forgot that I wanted to try a new heel in my latest pair, instead I zipped along and knit a standard german short row heel. I’ll have to save that for next time and maybe another yarn line since my ocd tendencies are flaring up. I’ve been knitting them in favorite color order (those rankings change daily though) and have two more waiting in the wings. this line is inspired by norwegian colorwork patterns and Munch’s landscapes. swoon. I promise that by august you’ll see something new. rumor has it that there will be a second collection later this fall, so no promises.

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while at stitches south, I knew one of my purchases had to be a “puppy” from yoth yarn. this was the last stick of the ooak gradients in little brother. I was originally thinking a gradient shawl with the grey (cracked pepper), but I snagged an extra hank from a rav friend so now the plan is for a stripey gradient sweater. I figured this would be the best excuse to finally try out customfit. I’m picturing a v-neck sweater with an average or relaxed fit for early fall.

I’ve only knit and washed a swatch, but I get the love for this yarn. it’s an 80/10/10 mcn that is dyed to look hand dyed (I’m not sure if the gradients are actually hand dyed or not). I swatched with 3.5mm karbonz needles and I ended up splitting the yarn a few times. I found the plies to be pretty loose at some points. off the needles my swatch was a little stiff, but once washed and dried it relaxed a ton. this yarn is extremely soft, which makes me worry a bit about pilling. the samples I saw at the booth looked like they were holding up, I just saw a bit of haloing. this yarn must have magical powers because I actually got around 6 spi in my swatch which never happens to me without going to 2mm!

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at stitches I also got to see all the samples from spring forward, the new plucky knitter pattern collection. I immediately fell in love with stripe parade (yep, another fingering weight stripe sweater) and will be knitting it in a cream and brown with a pop of teal. fresh air looked amazing on everyone I saw trying it on. this one will have to wait until I can buy yarn for it. mine will be in a grey, that’s as far as I’ve gotten on this. with two fingering weight sweaters in the queue I think I have time to think about it.

what are you currently obsessed with? any trends in your queue?

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  • Jessica May 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Loving the stripe parade! I have yet to embark on a fingering weight sweater…

  • grumperina May 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Not obsessed with anything in particular, but I do love that minty green gradient!