This yarn is made by Marks and Kattens and it’s called Carolina. I discovered it today at my local yarn store. It’s 100% acrylic, very soft, a sort of heathered black and a DK weight (they recommend a 4mm needle). It’s perfect as it’s the same weight as the Marble yarn that I used to make my Easy Fingerless Mitts so I can use the same pattern without modifications. I am making these for a friend but can’t say who as she might be reading this blog!
I was out this morning acting as computer tutor for my skiing buddy, after which we had a delicious bowl of Chipotle Vegetable Bean soup at the health food store deli. On the way home, I visited the yarn shop, and as soon as I arrived home I started knitting! I’ve knitted the cuff and part of the hand, almost as far as the thumb opening.
I love that this yarn isn’t a solid black. At first, I picked up some black and white balls of yarn, thinking to knit in some fair isle, but when I saw the Carolina I went for that instead.
This is the progress on my machine-knitted blanket. That’s the Bond in the foreground. A sort of manual machine, if you know what I mean. Not electric. It’s a bed of 100 needles across which you push a carriage that guides the yarn through the needles. Pretty basic, but it works.
I have my fingers crossed that these squares are truly square, because I used the gauge from the blanket I made before (which should be a good idea as it has been washed). If they aren’t square, then I’m going to have an interesting time sewing them together – the plan is to have two of them horizontal and two of them rotated a quarter turn so the stripes are vertical. We shall see…