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The knitting’s been a bit slow-going lately so I haven’t had much to write about. I really wish more people would sign the petition for a 26 hour day.

I was working on my Bird in Hand mittens tonight (which, due to two consecutive warm days, I’ve finally admitted will not be done in time to actually wear this season) but got a bit frustrated with how slow-going they are. In a moment of frustration, I decided to take a break, pick¬† up my crochet hook and give it a go.

Wow. Fun!

I successfully (I think?) taught myself single, double, and triple crochet. I made a cute little 2 row double crochet circle. I then tried to graduate to granny squares, but got a bit mixed up. Regardless, I had fun.

I’m suddenly hatching this ridiculous plan: Wouldn’t it be great to make a granny square afghan out of Malabrigo? Each time I’ve made a project with Malabrigo Worsted, I’ve ended up with quite a bit left over… I think I have 4 colourways and counting. I wonder how many squares I could get out of each colour? My guess is 2, or perhaps even 3? How many yards does one granny square take? How many colours would I need to make an afghan?

This could totally be a project that takes years to complete, as I gather more and more scraps of Malabrigo from various other projects. It would be soft and warm and smooshy and ALL MINE and I would love it. LOVE IT.

What do you think… am I nuts? Or would a Malabrigo granny square afghan be the coolest use of leftover scrap stash ever?

ETA:¬† OMG figured out the granny square and I’m in love. I will definitely get at least 2 or 3 from the amount I have of each colourway. That meas I have 8-12 squares in my stash basket already. And all the more motivation to knit with Malabrigo in the future…

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So… I bought yarn.

*ducks to avoid objects being thrown in this general direction*

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Friends, I have come to a great realization: the trick isn’t to avoid buying yarn. It’s to avoid the yarn store in general. D’uh. That said – I swear the universe is conspiring against me.

I take photography on Wednesday nights, and the school is in the same block as one of my favourite yarn shops. Now, this store normally closes at 6pm (around the time I would get into the neighbourhood.) But on Wednesdays? No, on Wednesdays they extend their hours to 9pm. This only started in January (same week as my class began.)

Does the universe want me to purchase yarn? Or, is this some sort of cosmic temptation test?

Truth is, I don’t care. I can generally avoid. But I decided I wanted to make a set or two of fingerless gloves (one for me, one or more as a gift) and I needed something more. And in this colourway, I ask you: who could really resist?

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

I’m also thisclose to being finishing the socks… I got to the end of the toe, only to realize that I’d totally forgotten how to do Kitchener Stitch. To knittinghelp.com I go…

Goodnight :)

This project was originally quite far down the Christmas queue, until I realized that the friend it was intended for has a just-prior-to-Christmas birthday. Eek!

Spring Beret by Natalie Larson in Malabrigo Worsted

Pattern: Spring Beret by Natalie Larson

It was genuinely important to me to give her a handmade gift, so I rushed to get this done in time for her party tonight. I’m somewhat proud of myself for managing to finish it in less than 24 hours (probably about 4 hours total knitting time.) The pattern is a breeze, and the Malabrigo is so pleasant to work with. The Knit Picks needles though – wow. Is it just me, or do those things actually get sharper and harder and pointier the longer you knit with them? Ouch!

I do love the interchangeables, but I’m happy that all my straights are bamboo – gives my hands a bit of a rest. I’ll be making another one of these before the holiday is over, though.

Merry Birthday!

Malabrigo Worsted in Azul Profundo

Azul Profundo

Merry Birthday

It’s 11:45pm and I’m still in my pajamas. From yesterday. I never do that anymore.

I spent the day on the sofa, watching movies (Rudy, Love Actually) and knitting my Winter Beret. The highlight of the day was learning magic loop on the fly, in order to complete the decreases without switching needles.

Magic Loop!

Magic Loop!

I was a bit nervous for my new Knit Picks needles, seeing as they have a bit of a reputation for breaking at the joins, but they came through no problem. Next time, however, I would probably switch to the 32″ cable while doing magic loop, instead of sticking with the 24″. Live and learn.

I finished the hat tonight, and I’m so glad I did. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I shall wear it in all its slouchy Malabrigo glory. Blocking can wait.

Winter Beret in Malabrigo Worsted - Alpine Pearl.

Winter Beret in Malabrigo Worsted - Alpine Pearl.

I had to modify the original pattern by doing an extra repeat of the lace pattern in order to make the hat at all slouchy. Otherwise, it would have simply been a loose toque. Unfortunately, I didn’t figure this out until I’d already done almost all of the decreasing, so I had a fun half-hour or so of backwards knitting. Not my favourite thing in the world, but well worth it.

I’m not sure if this size issue is simply because I have a huge skull, or if its an actual problem in the pattern. I noticed some other Ravelers make the same comment… but then again, other said it was TOO slouchy.

Can’t please everyone, I guess.

I’m so excited to start my next project – an adult cardigan for myself – but I have a feeling the birthday celebrations may prohibit me from casting on until Tuesday. Stay tuned…

Night night.

Night night.

Sleep tight.

Sleep tight.

Dont let the bedbugs bite.

Don't let the bedbugs bite.

It feels like winter in Vancouver now. It’s crisp out and there’s reason to wear wool.

I love it.

I woke up this morning to sunbeams and a beautiful blue sky, and I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen that. It’s been raining, raining, raining for so long. After a lazy morning, I went downtown to go for a little walk on the seawall and get some fresh air. I wandered around for a while taking pictures of the scenery, and then I sat down on a park bench to knit my first post-baby sweater project.

Post-baby sweater? Where is the baby sweater?

I’m avoiding seaming it. It’s in a bag. Don’t worry, you’ll see it… soon.

Really.

Anyway – the project is the Spring Beret (ravelry link) by Natalie Larson. I started it yesterday and by this morning I had the ribbing finished. I brought out my camera to document the progress, and wow. I really love being able to take photos during daylight. They always look so much nicer.

Sweet, sweet Malabrigo.

Sweet, sweet Malabrigo.

After taking the above photograph, I picked up the work and continued… only to drop a stitch.

OMGZ!

OMGZ!

Luckily, I didn’t have to knit too far back and it was easy enough to fix. Heart attack averted.

This is my first time knitting with the much-lauded Malabrigo, and I’m trying my best not to be neurotic and terrified about it. I keep thinking I’ll mess up the lace pattern and ruin the whole project, or drop more stitches. These new Knit Picks needles are awesome, but man are they slippery! This will take some getting used to.

After mending the dropped stitch, I tossed the whole business in my purse and headed down to the seawall. Knitting in the sunshine is a very, very cool thing. Unfortunately, despite having my camera with me, I didn’t think to document my work until I came home. This was extremely silly of me, considering how much I hate the lighting in this apartment.

I really must either a) do something about my lighting setup or b) develop some photoshop skills tout de suite.

Regardless, the pattern is coming out lovely and the yarn is a dream – I’m having so much fun making it, and it’s so nice to work on a project that will be done in a day or two.

Hat = Pass. Lighting = Fail.

Hat = Pass. Lighting = Fail.

Hopefully by next post I’ll have two finished projects to share.

OMG!

OMG!

This made my night!

I’m so excited to get started on a project with these nickle plated beauties. I’ve been using exclusively bamboo for the past year and, while I like the natural feel, they’re so slow. I knitted up a little gauge swatch with the Malabrigo and both the needles and the yarn are heaven. So far, both are getting the big thumbs up.

Box of happiness!

Cables

Cables!

Needle tips

Needle tips!

Malabrigo swatch!

Malabrigo swatch!

Apologies for the poor photography – I was too excited to wait until daylight to take them!

Despite this delivery, and my impatience to put it to use, I decided I should adjust my attitude toward the Baby Yours. It’s a very fun project and I’m having a great time with it. I love it so much that it’s the first pattern I’ve felt compelled to purchase, and it was money well spent. Time to slow down and remember to enjoy the process.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll be so happy when I have a cute little finished baby sweater AND a new toy to play with.

I usually pride myself on not having a stash. Even the word bothers me – I think because it’s trendy knitting lingo, and the minute something I love becomes trendy it also becomes, on some level, irritating.

I know knitting has been trendy for some time now, but it wasn’t until I joined (and got hooked on) Ravelry that I had reason to notice. I’m not trying to say its popularity makes me unhappy (on the contrary), nor am I one of those holier-than-thou knitters who “liked it before it was trendy” (I’m certainly not). It really is, quite simply, that the trendy vocabulary annoys me.

It reminds me of the short time I lived in Whistler for a ski season. I distinctly remember not being able to stand all the kids who lived there saying things like, “whoa dude, I totally shredded the gnar today, it was sooooo sick.”

But I digress.

Beyond petty annoyances, I don’t really like the concept of a stash because I don’t really like hoarding anything. I grew up in a house loaded with stuff, and what lesson did it teach me? The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to clean up. And the fewer places you have to put it. And the less money you have to buy the things you really need. Etc.

So, imagine my horror when I updated my “stash” page on Ravelry today (something I haven’t bothered doing before) and discovered that I now have 16 different yarns worth photographing and listing. And more than one ball of most of these. No longer do I simply have half-skeins of leftovers from past projects, and perhaps a ball or two of poorly chosen wool that was never used. No, now I have a full-on stash.

I’m not sure if it counts as “stash” if you have a project in mind for it, and a due date, but… a cupboard full of yarn is a cupboard full of yarn. I wish I could stick to my high ideals and say this made me unhappy… but really, there’s nothing unhappy about two big shoeboxes full of colourful squishy yarn.

Here are my most recent purchases:

Malabrigo Worsted - For a slouchy beret (and so I can finally see what all the fuss is about!)

Malabrigo Worsted - For a slouchy beret (and so I can finally see what all the fuss is about!)

Cascade 220 Heathers - For my asymmetrical cabled cardi

Cascade 220 Heathers - For my asymmetrical cabled cardi

Sandnes Garn Sisu - For my iPhone cozy project

Cascade 220 for my brothers christmas present...

Cascade 220 - For a Christmas present...