September 20, 2014

A September of Yellows and Greens

Pattern: Simple K2P2 Ribbing
Yarns: Handmaiden Casbah (Cedar or Moss)
             Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Natural)
             Malabrigo Sock (Ochre)
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
Handmaiden Yarns make me proud to be Nova Scotian! This local yarn company ships worldwide - gorgeous fibres in beautiful colours. I attended a "yarn tasting" at Have a Yarn in Mahone Bay this summer and had a chance to not only see all the Handmaiden yarns but to knit swatches with them as well. And they are all wonderful. Casbah is predominantly merino with 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. It is soft and squishy, warm and luxurious.
Pattern: Simple K2P2 Ribbing
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Company Poste Yarn, Striping
Colour: Tropicana
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
Okay, these are NEON, to say the least! Far, far more NEON than I had expected upon ordering the yarn on line. However, Movita told me that her senior ballet students often wear colourful socks when warming up and she volunteered to get into the spirit with these ones if I knit them up. The yarn is a good basic yarn and Simply Socks is a great company - efficient order processing, low shipping costs, careful packaging, good customer service.

Pattern: wee Cardi
Designer: Donna Higgins
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Colour: Lemon (820)
Needles: Circular - 4.5 mm and 5 mm
wee Cardi is a sweet, easy, top down knit in worsted weight yarn. The pattern was designed with a 50% wool/50% alpaca blend that would make a lovely baby present. However, I am reluctant to give hand wash baby knits as gifts. It is very tempting, though, to knit this again in a slightly more luxurious yarn!


September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Golden Girl

Happy Birthday, Hadley
And thanks for the memories...