Posts Tagged ‘shawl’
Let me preface this post by saying that not all of these yarns were actually produced in Chicago. What I mean by the title of this post is that I bought these skeins while I was on my trip. I might’ve gone overboard. But I like to give my money to local yarn stores even when they’re not local to me. I want to help make sure that they stick around for my sister knitters! It’s my duty. Also, I was on vacation. And my mom always says that I can buy whatever I want when I’m on vacation. She’s smart.
On my second day in Chi-town, I visited Loopy Yarns. They have a whole room for hand dyed and hand painted yarns. That’s where I spent most of my time. I was really drawn to the Miss Babs yarns. I hadn’t seen any of it in person. All of the colorways were really gorgeous and unique. As is true for my form, I decided to get a skein of sock yarn. (As I’ve said before, I like to buy sock yarn when I’m buying stash enhancements since I can usually at least get a pair of socks out of it. There’s usually enough yardage for one pair so I don’t have to splurge on multiple skeins. I feel like I can buy a tasting, if you will, of yarns. And it actually gets used instead of just living in my stash for forever.) It’s a really soft merino yarn. Once I’d picked my favorite, about three other women came in and one after the other announced, “I heard you just got some Miss Babs! I’m here for the Miss Babs!” I knew I’d made the right choice. I think I might make Jon a pair of socks with this salmon color. I know what you’re thinking but I think pink socks look awesome on men! (Exhibits A, B, and C.)
I was just going to stop at the skein of Miss Babs but in the sale section I saw this Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace. I had to buy it. (Also Jon said I should treat myself. He’s smart, too.) Aside from the price and it being a beautiful skein of silk and merino, Lorna’s Laces is based in Chicago so how could I not buy a Chicago yarn so close to the source? (Side note: I would have loved to have seen their studio but I’m not sure if they do any tours/visits. If I’m ever back I’ll have to explore that. Their yarns are so pretty, I’d love to just give them a high five.) I don’t really knit lacey lace things so I was hoping the yarn might inspire me. I’m thinking about making Jared Flood’s Rock Island shawl with it because that thing is gorrrrgeous and designed around this yarn.
When I visited Nina, I was having so much fun looking at all of their yarns that I almost forgot to buy something. I know that sounds silly but their shop felt more like an art gallery than a store (I mean that in the best way!) so I didn’t want to disturb any of the yarns. I was also having a post-brunch buzz (banana bread french toast is a thing, everyone, and it tastes as ridiculous as it sounds) so I was having a tough time deciding. All of their yarns are beautiful. For some reason I was really drawn to a basket of Schoppel (Skacel) merino sock yarn. I guess I have a thing for merino sock yarn. This is just a wide self-striping yarn in shades of blue and grey, nothing too crazy.
I really liked that the tag has this big red warning that says, “Stricken kann suchtig machen!” which is German for “Knitting can be addictive!” Now you tell me!
All in all, I’m really happy with my yarn purchases. I don’t buy post cards or magnets or anything (I was looking for local honey but no luck!) so these are perfect souvenirs!
What kind of souvenirs do you like to buy when you travel? (My mom’s favorite is playing cards!)
Tags: addiction, Chicago, helen's lace, honor, jared flood, knit, lace, Loopy Yarns, Lorna's Laces, merino, miss babs, Nina, rock island, schoppel, self striping, shawl, skacel, sock yarn, socks, souvenir, stash, travel, yarn
Wow! I had such a productive long weekend! While most of it felt relaxing (because I was knitting), I got so much done (mostly in the knitting department…I also made cookies). One of the things that I finished was my Great Divide shawl. And I’m in love.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really into wearing shawls. That is definitely going to change. It’s exactly what I need for chilly spring days. (Speaking of, it was way more than chilly while taking these photos. Oh my god was I freezing. Can you tell?) I’m psyched that I had these colors in my stash. I’m one happy camper.
I’ve recently discovered that I totally love blocking. I used to really hate it (I might’ve mentioned it here). In an effort to change my ways, I’ve had a tub for blocking for a while now and I bought some proper wool soap (though I’ve used Doctor Bronner’s – which my aunt Sherry said she used to use on embroideries, thanks for the tip! – the past couple of times since my wool wash was packed away and I’ve enjoyed the results!). I guess having some space in the new apartment to lay out the pieces without being totally in the way is encouraging. The blocking kit my mom got me helps too, though I’ve had that for a long time, too.
Although this wasn’t lace per se, this piece really needed a good blocking and everything opened up beautifully! I’m totally learning the merits of blocking my knits and I don’t hesitate to do it any longer!
I’m very excited about this shawl! It looks like I’m still growing as a knitter! Knitting shawls and blocking things! What a change! Maybe I’ve been replaced with an alien or a robot? I like cleaning the kitchen now, too. I’m definitely sick, guys.
Brb, going to check WebMD.
How do you feel about blocking? What’s something you made that surprised you?
Like so many other things (mainly cookies and potato chips), I have no self control when it comes to knitting. Which is why, when Michele was asking for volunteers to test knit her first pattern, my answer was something like “Oh me, me, me! Please pick me!” even though I promised myself I’d get back to my other WIPs. I’d seen the early stages of the Great Divide Shawl on instagram and immediately fell in love. I’ve written before about how I don’t like shawl and I don’t want to knit them. This one changed my mind.
What caught my eye was the awesome neon yellow she used. Neons paired with neutrals are my favorite. Stripes dominate my wardrobe so the design was great. I loved the stitch pattern that is pretty but not terribly lacey and delicate looking like most other shawls. This fell solidly into my minimalist style.
I don’t think it’s proper to share a test knit before it’s finished but Michele has already posted the pattern for it on Ravelry. So I think I’m in the clear here! Besides, I’m sure you can all forgive me because it’s just too much fun to not post photos!
Immediately after Michele sent me the pattern, I started panicking. I wasn’t even sure if I had any yarn to use and I certainly wouldn’t have time to swing by my LYS. So I worried. As soon as I could, I tore apart my stash looking for the appropriate yarn.
As it turns out, I had some bright pink (Espadrilles)and purple-grey (Calligraphy) Madeline Tosh Sport that was once destined to become a lattice tank top. I’d started the top when the weather was warm but totally doubted my color choices. By then it was too late. I’d decided what I thought in the store was white was a weird pinkish-purple but this was after I’d completed about 8″ of stockinette of the body. I ripped out what I’d started, half hoping that no one would notice how purple it is and half thanking my stars that I actually had two skeins that were even the same base.
I love how it looks. Much better than it did as a top! I’m actually really glad that I pulled this yarn out of my stash. The superwash merino and the color will be perfect if spring ever rolls around. I love something light that I can throw over a cardigan without looking fussy. I still have a ways to go with the pattern but it’s simple and quick to knit but with an intuitive, clever design. I’m already up to make another!
How do you feel about shawls? Do you like lacey or understated?
First of all, thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on the first short! I’m a little overwhelmed by how well it was received and I am just so pleased that people are enjoying it! I got a lot of great comments over at the Roman Hills Ravelry group that are so exciting. So many of their fans are happy to meet the ladies behind the yarn and that’s exactly what I’d intended to do!
On the technical side of things (because I did go to film school and I’m breaking every one of my rules here), I only hope that the shorts will get better and better! I’m finding that we are running and gunning in noisy places more often than I’d like! That being said, I’m still happy with how everything’s going and it’s so cool meeting other knitters through my work.
I’ve been working on the second interview for the series and I couldn’t be more excited to announce that it features Ysolda Teague! Ysolda has been one of my favorite designers since I really got into knitting back in high school. Her Snow White sweater was the first sweater I ever knit. (But, as I told her, I used Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was so itchy and hot I only ever wore it once! I didn’t have a clue back then!) Ysolda’s work is so awesome and so extensive and I think can’t tell you how cool it was to meet with her.
She was just a lovely person and very enthusiastic about what she does. I was so lucky to catch her while she was in New York before she jetted off to TNNA! So I’ve been in the cutting room (which is not an actual place…I’ll just be sitting in front of the computer in my bedroom) all weekend.
On that note, I need your help! I’m looking for photos of completed Ishbel shawls to use in the video. I need as many as I can get and so far I’ve only got three. If you’d like your shawl to be featured in the interview, leave a comment or email me or tweet me or send me a message on Ravelry. You know what to do!