Month: January 2010

A Magical Pouch


I have this thing for slowly fading yarn.  It all started about three months ago when I found this beautiful crochet scarf that one of my favorite bloggers, Moonstitches, made.  I tried to recreate that scarf with some very nice sock yarn, but quickly realized that it wasn’t producing the same effect (see my old post for a pic).  Upon further investigation I realized that I need yarn that has very slow transitions from one color to the next.  I’m still hunting the exact yarn that she used in that scarf (just need the light green Diakeito Diamusse Fine in 120 – anyone??). 

Fast forward to today – whenever I find a yarn that has the slow fade I scoop up a few skeins.  The magical pouch above has that slow fade effect… the rest of this Mini Mochi yarn ball has the whole jewel toned rainbow in it!  Pretty crazy, but perfect for this little project.  I’m working on a Noro project now too, another slow fade yarn (but not very soft).

Incase you were wondering, this is actaully a yoyo cozy for my husbands fancy new yoyo.  The next thing planned for this yarn is some kind of chevron scarf or striped scarf for my 3 year old.

Hemlock is Finished!

Hemlock blocking 2 for web

This knit scored high on the satisfaction scale.  It was easy, quick and looks increadibly more complicated than it actually was.  And it was a blast to see it transform from a blobby mess into the delicate fan and feather pattern you see above.  I need to take some more photos of what it looks like in the “wild”.  The picture above was taken during the actual blocking process.  It was pinned to my ottoman and, thanks to my ceiling fan, it dried in one night!  To my amazement it held it’s shape after taking the pins out 🙂

Here’s what it looked like before blocking
Hemlock preblock web

Here’s a close up of the little details on the edge
hemlock edge web

Next time I will add the extra length.  I just ran out of time on this one.  But, I think my mother-in-law likes it, so that’s all that matters.  It turned out much more like a doily than a lap blanket though.  I think that is how she intends to use it.  See my previous post for the yarn and pattern details.

Christmas was good to me.  I got a bunch of new yarn and a slew of new knitting books to drool over and inspire.  I’ll be posting more about those goodies soon!