Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bambino Taffy by Be Sweet

Bambino Taffy by Be Sweet
70% Organically Grown Cotton
30% Bamboo
1 Ball = 100 yards

Yarn Review:
This is a self-striping, textured, slightly thick and thin yarn. The texture of this yarn has a very nice rough/earthy look to it. The feel of the yarn is very soft. It feels like a broken in t-shirt. Wonderful! This is the first yarn with cotton in it that I have actually enjoyed working with. Although, to be fair, I haven't worked with many cotton yarns aside from Sugar N Cream, which is not one of my favorite yarns. The mixture of fibers also adds to the textured look of this yarn. The cotton is the soft, dull side, and the bamboo gives an extra kick with a little bit of sheen. If you are looking for a worsted weight yarn for a simple project this yarn is it. It has all the pizazz to make a simple project come to life.

Down side to this yarn: the producers created the self-striping effect by basically knotting five different colored yarns together.

I am not so crazy about that. I tried pulling two of the knots apart, and they held together very well. However, there is just something that I cannot get past mentally. It just seems to cheapen the yarn somehow.

Even with that one negative, I would still recommend this yarn, and I still really like this yarn.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Baby Blanket

This is a blanket I whipped out for my little nephew (yet to be named). This pattern is called Wool Leaves by Jared Flood aka Brooklyn Tweed. It was super easy to knit & the pattern was easy to memorize.

Pants on Fire Longies/Hat set

Finally a FO! This set I finished earlier this week. I loved the yarn. It was so soft. I definitely would love to knit with this yarn again. It was so lovely.

This set was made with Punta Yarns hand painted Merisoft. The set is going into my Etsy Store.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mermaid Feet

I started a new pair of socks this past weekend! I saw the yarn in Erin's LYS and thought it would be perfect for the Pomatomus sock pattern. The colors of the yarn are what I always imagine an iridescent mermaid's tail to look like.

The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in color #416 - Indiecita. I'm knitting these socks on size 0 DPNs. I had hoped to knit these two at a time, switching out my DPNs from one sock to another, but my dearest daughter broke one of my needles AFTER pulling all the needles out of my sock. I didn't want to have to try to reinsert them without losing stitches, but the idea of losing seven rows of ribbing was sickening. I'm now down to five in my set, so that makes knitting these two at a time impossible. Oh well.

I can already tell these socks are going to take me forever to knit. The twisted ribbing would take me a while without any other complications. However, on top of that, I am having to keep my tension really tight in order to achieve a smaller gauge than what is called for. I'm hoping that will help these socks turn out a bit smaller than what is called for. 72 stitch socks tend to be a bit big on me.