Wednesday, August 29, 2018

29 August 2018

It's finished!

This was a challenge but the finished product was worth it. I did have to ravel back several times to fix errors but that's what happens when you're not paying attention. The JaggerSpun, Heathers was a dream to work with and wet finished with a really soft hand. It took almost two cones of Heathers 3/8 (which translates to sport weight) for a size 42 which would be about 2600 yards of yarn. Knitting with cones was a pleasure and eliminated ends that needed to be worked in. All I need to do now is add my label and an abalone shell tab and I'm set to give this as a gift. Whew!

My journey is summed up on our Ravelry page: John's Sweater.

If you'd like to try this, stop by the store and talk.

Friday, July 20, 2018

20 July 2018

Two new yarns have hit the shelves:

It's easy to make striped & patterned projects with Heritage Prints! This self-patterning, super-soft yarn is a machine washable blend of superwash merino and nylon - a soft yet sturdy combination! Patterns and stripes emerge all on their own as you work. This yarn is great for a one skein project, socks, Mitts. There are 437 yards per ball.

There are free patterns on the Cascade Yarns website:

Melilla Fingering is a new color changing yarn that contains a generous helping of silk and has long transitions through eight colors per colorway. Use it to add interest to simple designs or to accentuate modular or geometric design components. There are 437 yards of yarn per ball. Great for a single ball project.

This fingering weight version of the yarn is so new that Cascade hasn't even put it up on the website as of yet. Patterns will be available soon. Here's an idea of what the yarn looks like knitted. I don't even have samples of the new colors - it's that new!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

15 July 2018

Well the back and one sleeve are done. The sleeve required maintaining pattern as the increases were worked. I thought that was going to be a big problem. Despite the weirdness of a partial pattern it worked well. It may not make seaming easy but that will be a future problem.

These two pieces used 395gm of JaggerSpun Heathers which works out to most of one cone of 1490 yds. I have another cone that I've started using for the front so there will be plenty of yarn left to work the complete sweater.

It takes four repeats (vertically) to the under arm. I'm on the third repeat for the front. This looks like it will be done in time for a birthday... whew!
These pieces have not been blocked.

Friday, June 22, 2018

22 June 2018

I'm still plugging along, as time allows, on the sweater that I'm knitting for my brother. The pattern looks difficult but really isn't if you've ever knitted a cable.

Now that I've corrected the chart that Berroco made for Nora Gaughan's pattern it is much easier to knit and follow the pattern. I will say the hardest part of knitting this sweater is maintaining the stitch pattern while decreasing or increasing the stitches.

I've finished the back and the arm scye wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I just followed the recommended decreases figuring if I follow the decreases for the arm cap they will match. So here goes ......

I will warn that the length of the sleeve recommended in the pattern will be too long. Just look up any sleeve length in a similar pattern. I will be working to 17" and in order to have the correct number of stitches I'm increasing each side every right side row.

If anyone is interested in knitting this pattern you are welcome to a copy of my modified chart, but you need to come to the shop to get it.

Questions about the sweater or my sanity, stop by and ask questions.

This sweater is being knit from coned JaggerSpun Heathers, color Smoke. The yarn gauge is 6 sts/inch. My gauge, over pattern, is 9.2 sts/inch. It will take more than one cone for a man's 42". It's so nice to knit with not having to worry about running out of yarn in the middle of a row.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

17 May 2018

I decided to knit a sweater for my brother but nothing I do can be simple. I found a great stitch pattern for a sweater designed by Nora Gaughan. The sweater that Nora designed is called John's Sweater and it is a Ravelry pattern.

I decided the yarn used is too heavy for my brother so I went from a aran weight to sport weight yarn. After working a sample my gauge (over pattern) was 9.2 sts/inch. Just a bit of adjusting is necessary to make this work with the JaggerSpun Heathers yarn that I want to use. To make my life easier, I'm knitting from a cone of Heathers. I just get to knit and not worry about having to work in ends.

When you have a moment, stop by and I will show you the progress and explain how I'm making this work.

Nora's design works up from the 'ribbing' right into the cable pattern. It is a well thought out approach.

Now if I can just get this done by Christmas......
17 May 2018

I have busy knitting the Mentolat Shawl kit designed by Jocelyn Tunney. This shawl is knit using Manos Del Uruguay using their soft hand-dyed Silk Wool. Simple to knit and doesn't require concentration. I'm knitting the largest size (85" long and 17" wide) but there are two other lengths (41" and 69") if you would like a shorter shawl.

The picture is a bit distorted because I didn't have a ladder to stand on. I'm finishing the last partial triangle that will square off the end on the left-hand side. Hard to see but the last color is magenta.

There are eight colorways to choose from. I should be finished with this model soon. Stop by and try  it on. It is cuddly soft.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

26 February 2018


The weather looks like it will cooperate and we'll be providing treats (Johnny Cake too) with tea to drink.

The shop has
This way if you don't have time to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool it's here at the shop. 
See you Saturday April 28.