it’s not my fault!

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, knitting — saffronknits at 5:26 pm on Friday, December 14, 2007

Ok, I went the library and got this book:

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I looked at the book multiple times at the bookstore, but really couldn’t justify buying a book if I only liked one pattern – Chevron Scarf…and I didn’t used to like this pattern. I totally blame Tiennie for that. ;)

I visit her blog often, so when she made one, I thought ‘How nice.’ and didn’t think any more about it. Then she made another one and I thought, ‘How pretty.’ and admired it for a bit then went on my merry way. THEN… she made a third one… Now I wanna make one.

…and I think I have the perfect yarn for it. I went through my Cabin Cove sock yarn stash and found two possibilities that might work:

Midnight Sky
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Sunrise
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See what you started, Tiennie? (Thank you once again for the inspiration! :D )

Next up – What I’m spinning …. and… my new spindle! (I can’t wait to show you!!!)

Until then, keep on keepin’ on!

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FO: Beret

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, finished objects, hats, knitting — saffronknits at 6:05 pm on Monday, October 29, 2007

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Pattern: Periwinkle Beret by Grumperina
Yarn: Australian Merino Sport Weight Wool from Cabin Cove Mercantile
Colorway:Sunshine Sherbet
Needles: US size 2/US size 3 dpns (pattern called for size 1 & 2)
Completed: October 27, 2007
Notes:I wanna say that first of all that this was a fun knit. Pattern was easy to follow. (and that’s saying a lot considering how pattern challenged I can be). This is the 2nd hat pattern by Grumperina that I’ve done and each one was a joy. She even made trying a new cast-on a non-scary experience. The tubular cast-on was cool to do and very stretchy.

The yarn is reused from another hat I did and I like this one so much better. This yarn was the first purchase I ever made from Cabin Cove Mercantile and that makes it extra special to me. I think it was among the first batch of yarns Dave ever sold online. I had never used wool and never bought yarn online. Classic Cabin Cove is how I like to think about this yarn. I think the coloring works well with the pattern… the spiraling is pretty.

I have no idea who this hat is for. This project was all about the experience of knitting. I have no doubt that I will probably make another.

Keep on knitting!

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Trust … adventure… and spinning

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, hats, knitting, spinning — saffronknits at 1:17 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2007

Trusting can be hard. Oftentimes it is not given… it is earned. And imagine my surprise to realize this applies to kitting as well. And specifically… knitting patterns.

I mean following the written instructions and believing that it will work out (errata aside). I mean, this could be about confidence in my knitting, but I don’t think so.

Currently I’m working on a hat that is started with the tubular cast-on, which I’ve never done before. While I was still within the first inch, doing a k1 p1 rib… and I looked at the circumference knowing full well this isn’t gonna fit an adult sized head and I’m envisioning that that will change one I remove the waste yarn from the edge.

I could have done more research about this particular cast-on, but that would have given away the opportunity of mystery and discovery that is a part of the process of knitting. So, I will keep knitting this hat … trusting this designer, trusting a technique that is not new, by any means, and enjoying the mystery and adventure of learning a new technique and trying a new pattern. :)

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The yarn I am using is recycled from previous projects that were either going nowhere or and I never did like the final result. So I washed and reset the yarn and started working on Grumperina’s Periwinkle Beret. The yarn looked really nice as a stockinette hat before and I wanted to stay with that. I’m starting to discover that I don’t really like hand painted yarns in pattern (but I’m sure there will be exceptions :D ). The yarn is Cabin Cove Mercantile Sport Weight in colorway ‘Sunrise Sherbert’. It’s 100% Australian Merino… so soft and squishy. *happy sigh*

Oh… and remember these socks?

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They now look like this:

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I just wasn’t happy with the colors. The yarn is so beautiful and bright and the pattern didn’t show that off at all.

Lastly… spinning. I finally have spinning goal. I really like this beret pattern and I think it would look pretty made with handspun. So I’d like to be able to spin enough 2-ply sport weight to be able to make this (or any) hat with it. And…I’ll soon be ordering a new spindle so I’m not tied to spinning one roving/top at a time (yes I know I can make my own… but I don’t wanna ;) ). Can’t wait!

I guess that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by!!! :)

ttfn!

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i couldn’t wait…

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, handspun yarn, knitting — saffronknits at 5:09 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2007

I knew what it was gonna be before I even got it. I could picture it in my head… so after a few days of admiring (and petting) the skein, I finally wound Carnivale into a center pull ball and cast on. I’m not using a pattern, really … I got some guidelines for size from another pattern, chose a stitch pattern and started knitting.

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(This is the back of the project, btw. I’ll reveal the front upon completion ;) )

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In other news, my dear friend Sira now has a knitting blog!!!! I’m so happy about this! Please take a moment to stop by and say hello and welcome her to Knit Blog Land! :D

Sira’s Blog

Have a good week!!!

Carnivale

Filed under: cabin cove fiber, handspun yarn, spinning — saffronknits at 6:09 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hand painted and hand spun by David T. Daniels… and it’s all mine! *insert evil laugh here* :D
(see his blog post about spinning this yarn here)

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BONUS PIC!

See what I’ve been spinning?

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good things come to those who wait

Filed under: cabin cove fiber — saffronknits at 8:14 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What am I talking about, you ask?

Why Dave’s Cabin Cove Mercantile of course. It’s been been stocked full of fibery goodness … different sorts of yarn (including some gorgeous yarn handspun by Dave) and something new, spinning fiber. And don’t forget to checkout the Cabin Cove Cards that feature some of Dave’s photography. :)

I’m sure you’re wondering if I bought anything. Well, I sure did … but you’ll have to wait and see after I get the fibery goodness in my hot little hands. (and I’m sure you noticed I waited until AFTER I bought my fiber goodies to post this :D )

Well… that’s all I have to say … so why don’t you just go visit Cabin Cove Mercantile and see for yourself. Not much goin’ on here anyway.

Adios!

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