Posts Tagged ‘bfl’

14
Aug

Sheep Week: Bluefaced Leicester

Written by Sarah. Posted in sheep week

BlueFaceLeicesterimage via

It’s Sheep Week! So let’s talk about some sheep, shall we? Even non-knitters are vaguely familiar with the Merino breed of sheep so I’d like to introduce you to the Bluefaced Leicester. If you haven’t encountered the BFL yet, give some of their fiber a try! BFL yarn has recently become one of my favorite to work with and it’s been gaining popularity among spinners, dyers, and knitters over the past few years.

blue faced leicester image via Breezy Meadows

This British longwool breed has no wool on its neck or long face. It’s a relatively new breed of sheep, developed in the early 20th century. BFL is known for being tougher and less elastic than merino while still being rather soft. Its soft drape makes it a wonderful fiber for shawls while its hard-wearing wool makes it a great option for socks.

Have you knit with BFL yarn? What did you like about it? Do you have a favorite sheep breed?

ps. Don’t forget that The Crash is on sale for $3 all week!

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31
Oct

Rhinebeck 2013: The Goods

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, holiday, knits, life, Rhinebeck, yarn

Alright, I’ve held out on you long enough. It’s time to show you what I snagged at Rhinebeck!

I was a really good girl this year. I think that looking my stash directly in the face (that’s for another post) the week before Rhinebeck along with the pressure of numerous deadlines really helped me put things into perspective. I really love yarn. But I seriously need to be careful about what I’m purchasing lest things get more out of hand. (I’d also had my hopes that I was getting a big bonus at work the Friday before but that got postponed so my budget was a little tighter. Probably for the best! Custom couches don’t just pay for themselves, you know.) On top of it all, I felt like I was chatting and catching up so much on Saturday that I hardly had time to shop. Shopping was not the goal for the weekend, as I mentioned before, I felt super pumped after spending the day with all of my friends. I was literally still browsing through what was left at Into the Whirled when they announced that the fairgrounds were closed and I didn’t have to go home but I couldn’t shop for more yarn here. So I only bought two skeins of yarn for myself!

Within my first fifteen minutes, I’d already gotten a lovely compliment on my sweater (oh, Rhinebeck, you always know how to make a girl happy) and fallen deeply in love with this skein of DK BFL dyed by Jan Marek Raczkowski. It’s a gorgeous pink with just a little bit of red. I didn’t want to buy anything until I’d made my rounds so I waited until the end of the day to pick this up but I was thinking about it all day. It’s soft and squishy and the color has me swooning. I’m planning on making the Hierro mitts from Pom Pom’s Autumn 2013 issue and I had my eye out for the right yarn. This is it.

Jan Marek Raczkowski

 

I’m really excited to start those mitts and I’m already thinking that I want to get more yarn from Jan Marek Raczkowski. Apparently he only sells at shows, nothing online! Although a little birdie did tell me that I could email him to order. I’ll definitely be thinking about that!

into the whirled

 

The other skein I bought is by Into the Whirled. Now, I was a little bad. After going through my stash, I realized that I have enough sock yarn to last me a hundred winters (possible slight exaggeration but it’s serious). I’ve said again and again that I love buying sock yarn because it’s a great way to purchase yarn without worrying about having the right quantity for a random project- one skein of sock yarn is enough for a pair of socks. I love knitting socks! But, alas, I’ve seemed to have followed my own advice  a little too closely and now I have a billion skeins and zero minutes to cast on socks. Then Lisa showed me these yarns and there was just no turning back.

But when I saw this color way, I just really couldn’t say no. It’s Inara and it’s in the SW merino/nylon base. It’s just so pretty. I might make socks for Jon with it. I think that is what I say every time I buy a skein of sock yarn. And he only has one pair of socks that I ever knit him. Poor thing.

The more I think about it, the more I’m regretting not also picking up a skein of Bigger on the Inside because the colors are just gorgeous and who doesn’t want Doctor Who-themed socks?! Maybe next time. I really was trying to be good!

Did I do good? Or should I have really broken the bank this time? What did you buy?

ps. Happy Halloween! I’ve been so busy, I’ve forgotten to be festive. Last year I wrote this Halloween poem so check that out.

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25
Oct

Further Reading 10/24/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

Vienne

photo via Quince and Co

I think I might start doing this weekend-ready post of further reading. There’s a lot of fun knitting stuff going on out there and not enough time to write about it all.

Here are a few links and things that I’m thinking about.

>> Pictured above is my pattern obsession of the week. Bristol Ivy’s Vienne in Quince and Co Chickadee. I’m not a shawl person but I absolutely love the colors and the interesting construction on this!

>> According to Science! this is the fluffiest angora rabbit in the world.

>> I’ve recently fallen for BFL yarn. I’m not terribly familiar with it as opposed to other breeds but this is a great primer on BFL versus Merino!

>> Well, it looks like Fred Perry has made some changes to their beautiful/disappointing “patterns.” And by changes I mean taken the pattern page off of their site (you can still access them if you have a direct link). I feel it’s my duty as a blogger to cover the topic but I think everyone’s said what needs to be said. All I can add is that it’s amazing how intimidating pissed off knitters can be. There are plenty of other vintage-style patterns out there already so fret not, dear knitter!

>> I love drawing out colorwork charts and writing notes in my sketchbook. I’ve been debating about whether or not to switch to a grid sketchbook (I’ve been using blank ones for years now). Seeing these gorgeous Doane Paper grid notebooks at Fringe Supply Co. has me ready to make the change!

Anyway, lots of knitting to get to this weekend! And possibly even some sewing! What will you be making this weekend?

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