Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yarn Along

I haven't been doing much reading these days as I'm finishing up a custom sewing order.  I have been reading my Bible a bit more, so that's good.  I'm never as good at reading my Bible daily as I should be.  I don't know why, but I started reading through Jeremiah, and it's been so good.  I'm surprised how relevant it sounds for today.  Well, I shouldn't be surprised.  I'm not saying that we are Israel, but we are like Israel...people in general.  We go through cycles of disobedience.

As for knitting, I finished Elias' sweater, and am saving pictures of it for when David's is done and I'll do an official photo shoot in the yard or something for the pattern.  I stopped by the yarn store last week just for fun.  That's very dangerous to do.  I missed seeing the ladies in there, and was shocked that it had been so long since I've been in there that there are some knew people who didn't even know me.  Serves me right for trying to work from my stash, and buying some yarns online.

I ended up buying a skein of baby alpaca as an impulse buy.  I always buy baby alpaca on impulse.  It's a weakness.  I don't usually work with chunky yarn, but I made this quick little cowl for myself for this winter.  I think it will go very well with my coat.  I looked on Ravelry for a cowl pattern, and didn't like the ones I saw so I made one up.

So I guess I'll be posting a free pattern for a cowl sometime next week.  The only tricky part of my quickie pattern is that I wanted it seamless and reversible.  That required that the whole thing be done in 1x1 rib, and I didn't know how to graft using the Kitchener stitch in 1x1 rib.  After some Google searching, I'm realizing there is not any good, clear instructions out there for this, so I figured it out based on some vague online discussions on the topic I found.  I'm determined now to post a good tutorial soon as well: how to do the Kitchener stitch in rib.  I'll squeeze that in...somehow.

In the mean time, I'll be petting my new cowl as it's super soft.  I love baby alpaca...


Thank you, Ginny, for doing the Yarn Along again.  By the way, I love your recent trip pictures on visiting a yarn mill (Cestari).  You may guess now what my vote is for our next family vacation...

12 comments:

Jess said...

That color is scrumptious!

Jen said...

That's a great shade of red. I'm sure it'll be nice and cozy this winter.

Erin said...

Beautiful red! I love baby alpaca too- just soooo soft. :)

rachieannie said...

When I was visiting Bethany in Dickinson we wandered around their quilting store for awhile and I ended up with a hank of baby alpaca yarn and a pattern for a super cute hat. Since I'm more of a crocheter than a knitter it should be an interesting adventure!

no spring chicken said...

Never. Never, stop by a yarn store 'just for fun'. You make sure it's in the budget because you CAN NOT leave without something. Especially if there's baby Alpaca! It's a knitting law...

Blessings, Debbie

rainblissed said...

Mmmm, sweet baby alpaca. I have a weakness for it, too :-)

maarnietvangrijs said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! I'm sure your daughter will love the kids of Bolderburen as well! :-)
Sacha (maarnietvangrijs)

stitchandpurl said...

The yarn looks gorgeous; looking forward to the pattern!!

Swanski said...

Looking forward to seeing your cowl pattern. I have made a few and they are so much fun to knit up! Love the red!!

Suzanne said...

Love that shade of red! I did a TAsha Tudor shawl in the same color, still my most favorite thing I made myself:-) Love the book of Jeremiah--especiall Jeremiah 29:11.

Lori ann said...

i love your red, i'm inspired to make something in such a beautiful color.

Lydia said...

Yummy color of red! I've never done kitchener in rib either. If I ever have to do I'll know who to ask now.

Your blog is beautiful by the way.