I realised after I posted t’other day that I totally forgot to tell you…
I bought yarn!
Yes, I had SEX (Stash Enhancement Expedition) though it was virtual SEX because I bought the yarn online from Herrschner’s. It’s my first time ordering from them, though I’ve been getting their catalogues for years. Even though the website address is a dot-ca and I can browse and order in Canadian dollars, the paper catalogue is rather annoyingly in US dollars. It can be a bit misleading if you forget to do the conversion in your head when looking at the prices.
Anyway, I have been thinking of trying out one or more of the colour change yarns for a long time. Caron Cakes came out but they weren’t an option because of the wool. However there are lots of others. Scheepjes Whirl is a lightweight yarn with excellent yardage and gradual rather than sudden colour change, but if I were to order it from Wool Warehouse it would be over $30. For one ball. Not gonna happen.
Other options are Premier Sweet Roll, Bernat Pop, Lion Brand Mandala, Stylecraft Candy Swirl, none of which I seem to be able to buy locally. The funny thing is, I went to the Herrschner’s site and put a bunch of the Premier and Bernat in my cart, left the tab open, and then decided to sleep on it. For a few days. Which meant that Herrschner’s sent me a couple of automatically generated emails prodding me to see if I was still interested in what was in my shopping cart. Then I saw the Lion Brand Mandala and took a look at that too. After a LOT of messing about, clicking back and forth, adding and deleting things from my cart, I decided to order five colourways of the Mandala. What swung me was the yardage. Lots more yardage for the same weight of ball because it’s DK and the others are worsted. I even paid for shipping, something I usually avoid like the plague.
So now I am awaiting a parcel in the mail – always fun!
Moving on – yes, I finished two projects today. The Kanata Kerchief Tank took me three weeks, but it felt longer. I wish now that I’d made it in a brighter colour, but I can wear a more colourful tank or T shirt underneath. Tonight I just threw it on over my white tank and tiered skirt (that I made) and asked ds3 to photograph me for the blog and my Ravelry project page. It’s voluminous so would be best worn with something closer-fitting on the bottom, or I could just look pregnant. (At nearly 55, that’s not gonna happen either.)
The other FO is this hat. It’s a kit from DMC which I knitted up a couple of nights ago in the small size (60 stitches cast on) but it looked like a newborn size to me. I need it to fit my great-niece, either this winter or at some future point in time, so I unravelled it and reknitted it in the large (72 stitches cast on). My gauge was a bit tighter than the pattern indicated but the circumference is about right at 16″ so I’m happy with that.
I have to work tomorrow, so I’d better get off to bed. Hope your week is going well.
I love the to Nicola, perfect for national granny square day.
That top is amazing! I want to make one for myself. It’s perfect for the hot Indonesian weather 🙂 (Worn over a sportsbra or thin tube top of course. LOL!)
Thank you. It’s really easy to make and endlessly customizable- you could use any square pattern crocheted to the right size.
You look Fantastic!! That top is incredible! The pregnant girls all wear tight fitting shirts nowadays so no pregnant look is going on here:)
Thank you Tracy. You are too kind 🙂
VERY fun to find your blog Nicola after meeting you this summer on Ravelry via the Crafternoon Treats group! 🙂 LOVE the top, it turned out so beautiful…and just in time for using the rest of summer! The hat is just adorable! How did you get the kitty-head to fit so neatly? The colors are terrific on the hat… you’ve got a great way with color!
The hat is just one ball of yarn. It changes by itself so no effort on my part! The head comes with ribbons to thread through the top of the hat and a foam disc that goes inside the hat to keep it neat.
Best wishes, Nicola