Patti Purls

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Now what?

I am making the niftiest socks EVER using the softest stuff: Artyarns Ultramerino4 that I purchased on vacation in Kentucky last summer. I love how the handpainted yarn looks in this pattern. I love the simplicity of the pattern. It was a perfect travel project: compact, easy enough to work on when slightly distracted by the parade of humanity in the airports and yet interesting enough to want to keep at it. I HATE how the reinforcement looks on the heel. I think that in order to sustain my love and interest in these I really must rip it and use something other than wooly nylon as my reinforcement. This yarn is just too nice for that.

As much as I am enjoying knitting these I think I shall abandon them until I can get to a shop for something better for reinforcement. Maybe I'll start another pair in another sock yarn until then -- something that doesn't require reinforcement!


Inspirational Skeins

When I was in Atlanta I purchased a few inspirational balls of yarn at a lovely shop called Why Not Knit?
Two balls of Rowan kidsilk spray in "Pebbles" which is a sort of rosy tan could be a lovely scarf or small shawl.

The Filatura Di Crosa Baby "Pom Pom" would make a cute trim on a hat or jacket for a certain baby in Atlanta.

The next time I go to that shop I will allow more time and a bigger budget!

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Arwen is finished!

Cast on: January 1, 2007
Cast off: February 13, 2007
Yarn: Berroco "Pleasure"

I'm proud of the hood grafting and the cables. I'm okay with the cuff grafts. The sleeves are just too long and its a good thing that the cables are reversible since I have to fold back the cuffs. I made the body a larger size to make sure she wouldn't gap in the front but should have kept the smaller size for the sleeves. The seams went very well thanks to the advice of another member of the knit along who recommended the article on mattress stitch. I took Arwen to Atlanta and have been too busy to post this great news! If you like her, have a look at others at


This was a stupid thing to do
I made this great "Pink Lady" bag to give as a gift. (Not stupid, not yet). I knitted it up in Lamb's Pride Bulky, felted it and it turned out really cool! It has a nap that is like dog fur and yet the fabric is dense and "just right." The stupid thing is that I took a "before" picture and forgot to take an "after" picture. It has been gifted and is enjoying its new life in Atlanta.