All Sorts of Fun

February 23, 2013 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Just a chatty sort of post for you today!

First up, this is the official last day of our Northman Mitten KAL. Please share a picture of your finished (or half-finished in my case) mittens in our Ravelry group’s Northman Mitten KAL thread. I would love to feature them in the KAL wrap up post.

Second, if you are a Facebook fan of ours, you already know that often we share when orders come in, new yarns, sale reminders and lovely photos of yarn and Montana. You can join us on Facebook by clicking that nifty button to your right that says “Like” and you will have joined our Facebook flock of fans.

Madtosh DK x2

New Madelinetosh DK colorways: Early Grey (L), Worn Denim (R)

So as we said this week on Facebook, a new big shipment of Madelinetosh yarns came in this week. New colors of both Tosh DK and Sock and new stock of favorite colors are available. We are still working of photos of the new colors so do check back later too.

Tosh Sock x2

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock restocked in Robin’s Egg (L) and new Seawash (R)

This would be a good time to share a project that I made this summer, a short-sleeved baby sweater for my newest niece. I used Tosh Sock in the Mansfield Garden colorway. I didn’t want to share it on the blog because I had bought the last skein of that color to knit the sweater. But now, Mansfield Garden is back in stock, so here is the sweater. It is a Baby Sweater on Two Needles published in the Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. The only modification I made was leaving off the sleeves and finishing the edges with garter stitch border to match all the other borders.

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On to our newest yarns here at Polkadotsheep…

Bamboo Bloom x3

Bamboo Bloom in Fallen Petal (L), Precious Jade (C), Koi Pond (R)

Bamboo Bloom Hand Paints is rather unusual thick and thin yarn. The thin shiny sections are rayon made from bamboo and the thick sections are fluffy wool. All this combines to a very different texture and look when knit up. Our in store customers have been snapping it up. A member of our Ravelry group says she has already made up two cowls with it and loves them. She used the free Penelope Handpaints Cowl pattern from Universal Yarns designed specifically for Bamboo Bloom. Get yourself a copy of the pattern  and your favorite skein for some fun knitting.

Peppino x3

Rhichard Devrieze’s Peppino in Seaside Surf (L), Carnival (C), Temptation (R)

This lovely variegated yarn is Peppino from Rhichard Devrieze. It is a 2 ply superwash 100% sockweight yarn. There is really no lack of ideas for sock weight yarn these days with the popularity of shawls and socks. But as a little FYI, Peppino is a bit different from our other currently stocked hand dyed sock  yarns in that it comes in 65 g / 225 yd skeins rather than 100 g skeins. That means you will need two skeins to knit an average sized pair of socks. So make sure you have the right yardage for your project idea.

Finally, two links to useful blog posts I found this week:

  • Knitting on Paper at Laylock – graph paper for charting colorwork with knit stitches instead of squares. Genius!
  • Yarn Weight vs. Bead Size at Laura Nelkin’s blog – a chart for pairing the correct bead size with your yarn choice.

That is all for now. Be sure to stop by early next week to see beautiful finished Northman Mittens. There will also be information coming about our next “Along” event later in the week.

Have a lovely weekend and happy knitting!

~Angela M.

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