Category: yarn

kira makes another mistake

This time an actual problem.

I loaded the hank of Malabrigo Lace onto my yarn swift, and used my ball-winder to wind the hank into a center-pull yarn cake. Not so much of a problem so far.

But then, I attempted to use the yarn cake as a center-pull… which is where I ran into a big snag. The fine laceweight yarn caught and snagged on itself, and in pulling it, snapped the yarn. Attempting to find the end again, I managed to make a 400+ yard knot-bundle. Oops…

yarn tangle

After spending a while, with a lot of patience, I managed to unknot the entire skein, but now it’s split into smaller balls, as the yarn snapped a couple more times in the unknotting process. Oh well. Luckily, it was technically the extra skein I ordered, so not too much of a concern.

I think this was a lesson I learned the last time I worked with laceweight yarn, but had forgotten. It doesn’t seem like laceweight yarn likes being used as a center-pull. Now will hopefully remember this for the future!

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kira makes the mistake of opening package at work

Malibrigo Lace - Pagoda

My yarn for Mirkwood has arrived!

I made the “mistake” of opening my package at work (I couldn’t wait!), and… *swoons*

The Malabrigo Lace is so lovely and soft and prettiful. I can’t stop petting it. Very distracting at work. I’m glad I got the extra skein, just in case. I probably could have done without the extra skein, but now I just get more opportunity to use/have/wear this lovely yarn. Hooray!

My beads also arrived yesterday. I’m actually glad that I ordered all of the colors I was considering, since the colors are significantly different from what was displayed on-screen (especially the frosted opaque jet). Which I totally understand, but glad that I gave myself some wiggle-room for making the decision based on the actual colors. Now that the yarn has arrived, I will be able to test how all the true colors complement each other.

Nerdy excited yarn ramble.

Now I’m anxious to get started on the Mirkwood Shawl. Part of me feels like I should wait until I finish one of my current WiPs, but… what’s the fun in that?

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kira makes poor decisions…

…because YARN!

It was really just shifting next month’s “hobbies” budget to now. Since there was only just enough of the yarn in the color I wanted at the online shop, and I didn’t want them to run out.

And then, I needed to also get beads! I couldn’t decide what color to get… so I got all my choices to see what they actually look like with the yarn. Since, I can always use more beads. ūüėČ

The bead choices are opaque oxblood, transparent ruby, transparent grey, opaque frosted jet, and opaque jet.

Bead Options

I really like the oxblood beads but not entirely sure how well they actually complement the yarn. Same with the ruby — however, these are transparent, so they may appear darker with the yarn inside and work better. The transparent grey also will have the yarn color show through and add a nice glint. The opaque frosted jet is an interesting choice, because they are matte and a unique color; definitely a different feel for beads. And the opaque jet would definitely work, and add a little shine.

I guess we’ll see when I have all these happy new purchases in my little hands. Another girl in my knitting group showed off the progress she’s making on her Mirkwood shawl; I’m very excited to start my own! Speaking of knitting group, we were supposed to knit outside in the park today, but it is rainy. So, coffeeshop it is!

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kira makes twitchy fingers

Malabrigo Lace -- Pagoda

Currently trying to resist temptation.

I think I have found the yarn I want to use to make the Mirkwood shawl. Malabrigo Lace, in Pagoda — a deep dark shade of red. (Although looking at some of the stashed photos on Ravelry, it looks like there is a fair bit of variation in tone.)

The online shop has just enough in stock in the right color… Trying to decide if I can shift next month’s “hobbies” budget to now, since I don’t want them to get sold out. (All of this month’s “spare” money went towards kittens.)

*twitchy fingers*

Not like I don’t already have enough projects going on at once… Currently still working on the Les Mis√©rables wrap, the Featherweight Cardigan, and my Fleegle Heel Socks. The Les Mis wrap may actually be long enough to consider binding off (I have 2 more balls of yarn; trying to decide whether to just knit until I run out of yarn, or go by the pattern’s length recommendation). I’m making decent progress on the Featherweight Cardigan, specifically at craft nights. And, I’m technically on the second sock of the Fleegle Heel socks, about to make the gusset and heel. Soooo… I’m kind of in a place where I could theoretically finish some projects soon, and can add another project into the mix. Maybe…

But now, researching pet insurance like a “responsible adult”… boo, adulting.

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kira makes little knitting progress…

…because kittens are distracting.

Zaka

One of the downsides of kittens is that they are so gosh-darn-cute, that my productivity in any home-activity has significantly declined, in favor of playing with kittens. And cat-napping with kittens.

√Ārny√©k Loves Socks

√Ārny√©k loves worn socks. I’m going to have to keep him away from my knitted socks! Which I have made absolutely no progress on since acquiring the kittens.

I did, however make a little bit of progress on the Featherweight Cardigan at our craft night. I just realized that I started the Featherweight Cardigan at the beginning of the year, and it still isn’t done. That’s mainly because I get distracted by other shiny projects (like working on Les Mis√©rables wrap and making socks).

And speaking of new shiny projects to get distracted by — our group has fallen in love with this hooded shawl: Mirkwood (Ravelry page). There is a possibility of a KAL. Even if we all don’t end up knitting it at the same time, we can still help each other decipher the lace charts.

In my idle ponderings about if I can add this shawl to my ever-growing-list of WIPs, I remembered that I have several skeins of laceweight yarn from handpaintedyarn.com. I have almost enough in Mares Profundos (a deep blue) or in Black. Roughly 1700 yards of each, when the pattern calls for 1800-1860 yards. I could always make it in the blue, with black edging. However, the quality of the yarn makes me a little bit nervous — when I had been trying to use the Mares Profundos to make a shawl previously, it seemed to tend to break at points where the single-ply was not spun tightly enough. I’d be hesitant to knit such a time- and labor-intensive piece with yarn that might give way. That being said, it makes me a little reluctant to use the yarn altogether, since any project that I spend any amount of time on, I would not want it to fall apart! Especially any lace that requires aggressive blocking!

Of course, then I am pondering what yarn I would want to use instead. And pricing it out. And pondering beads, and clasps…

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kira makes a trip to the Powhatan Festival of Fiber

This last Saturday, I woke up with not much planned to do. In a bit of a mood, as well — I had stayed up a little too late the previous night at a party, and the morning was wet and gloomy. Despite this, I didn’t want to spend the whole day holed up in my apartment, and I remembered about the Powhatan Festival of Fiber. So, I shrugged into some clothes and got on the road, for about a 45 minute drive. While the drive itself was uneventful, it was a bit emotional as I was dealing with personal stuff — partially why I had such impetus for getting out of the apartment and actually doing something, even if it was to wander a fiber festival, all by myself, in the drizzle.

As I was parking, I remembered that there would be lots of yarn and other fiber-related things to tempt me into buying them. Seeing as I was already pushing my budget for the month, I set a strict one-skein-only limit, no more than $35. (I knew that I would want to come home with at least something!)

I wandered from booth to booth, petting all the lovely skeins and hanks of yarn. The smells of festival food wafted through the damp air. I resisted buying a funnel cake. (Can funnel cakes be vegan? I don’t even know…) As I made my way to the back of the fair, I noticed a pen.

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Alpacas

Alpacas! (I later saw the white alpaca get sheared.)

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Sheep

There were also sheep being sheared, next to a couple pens of different breeds of sheep and goats. I got to pat a baby goat on its head; it had tiny little triangular horn nubs — adorable!

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Bunnies

Further down the row, there was also a booth selling angora rabbits. I did not buy one. Although, tempting. So fluffy!

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Curious Bunny

Powhatan Fiber Festival - Fluffy Bunny

In the end, I wandered around some more for a while, browsing all the booths (sometimes twice, because I hadn’t really planned a path), before deciding on a skein of yarn. There was only a single skein in its colorway, hanging on a rack surrounded by other beautifully colored hanks of yarn. But I kept coming back to this one.

Unplanned Peacock Kinky Sock - Frog

The picture does not really do it justice. It is lovely and soft, with beautiful tones of greens and blues. A sock yarn from Unplanned Peacock. The colorway name is Frog… but the colors more remind me of a peacock than a frog. I am not sure what I plan to do with it yet — I’m leaning towards a sock-yarn shawl; too pretty to hide under a pair of shoes! Now to browse Ravelry for all the possible options. Swoon.

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ETA: oh, there was so much Papyrus font used by the vendors! Egad!