for my son. Well, except for mommy's knitting. Here is the beanie I knit from the yarn I bought at Stitches West.
It's Cascade Fixation yarn, which I never understood before because it is 98% Cotton and 2% Elastic so the ball says, "187 yards stretched" and "100 yards" unstretched. Aroo? Well, I've knit with it and still don't understand it, but I really really like it for baby stuff.
It's machine washable, soft, breatheable and has an incredibly pleasant nubby (I guess in knitting terms it would be "slubby") texture. Apparently, there is enough yardage in tiny little ball for a whole hat! Of course, since I bought 3 different colors, I have a bunch left over now. Now working on bootees for the kid because he has such chubby feet/ankles that normal socks cut off his blood circulation. Enter Rowan Babies Docker bootee pattern. It calls for wool cotton but the Cascade is working wonderfully for it.
Best of all, it fits the boy and when his noggin grows, the beanie will stretch a bit to extend the life of the hat.
We arrived before the doors opened and while that is a bit aggro, it's still a good way to ensure parking because as I was leaving 2.5 hours later, cars were stalking me trying to get a spot.
I promised myself that I would not go crazy on the yarn because I still have not knit up the yarn I bought last year! I made a plan that involved buying dpn's, patterns and buttons. Following this plan, I managed to say no to a lovely red bag of bulky wool/alpaca that was priced at $75. I know, I know, how could I pass up 950 yards of that wonderful stuff? Well, having to carry it also made my decision easy.
Unfortunately, while I was still too committed to my plan, I saw the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth with the lovely Socks that Rock Yarn. It was easy to say no to more sock yarn since I am only 80% finished with my practice sock, but I fell in love with their gorgeous Merino/Tencel "Seduction" yarn in Ruby Slippers. I should have bought it but at $22/skein and it being the second booth I saw, I passed it by. Sadly, I forgot to go by on the way out and so I can only fantasize about it for a while until I figure out what the heck I would make with it anyway. Here she is and she'll be mine once I can commit to a pattern:
This photo does not capture the lovely sheen of this yarn. The colorway also is not so brick/muddy as this photo. The name "ruby" is very apt. It was incredibly silky, and unlike the Pima Tencel that I love, did not look like it would pill. Tencel and modal are two of my favorite fibers in clothing so it's nice to see it in yarn blends. Someday I'll even knit a whole sweater with the stuff.
But, I did find exactly what I was looking for, a book of children's patterns knit top down. Yay! The crazy thing is that last year at Stitches, I saw one of the author's test knitting the cover pattern. Actually, that is not the pattern that I like, but the book is great, lots of color photos and a font size that doesn't make me squint to read it (yes, I'm getting old). It's called Top Down for Toddlers. My only complaint is that none of the patterns are written in worsted weight. But I will live.
Once I bought those, and some dpns in sizes 2 and 4, I was pretty thrilled. I then was free to buy yarn. So, the lovely yarn I have admired so long from Brooks Farm came home with me. Here she is in her silk and merino glory:
I'm going to try my skills with a fan and feather pattern. Yes, I'm a scarfie at heart.
Less you think I was entirely disciplined, I went nuts when I got to Webs and found their version of Cashmerino, minus the cashmere. It's merino and microfiber, soft as anything and in nice vibrant colors. Exactly what I was looking for to do the baby sweaters. I am not a fan of pastels for children. So I scooped up cobalt blue, orange, yellow and red (of course).
And no, I did not manage to find buttons. I found some I liked for kid sweaters, but they were part of a kit and while the kit was reasonably priced, all I really wanted were the buttons.
I looked for Cookie and Kristi at the Lacy Knitters Guild booth, but did not see them.
I saw Lu at the Full Thread Ahead booth. She was trying to assist some aggro customer who wanted 20 oz. of Debbie Bliss but to convert that to Optim yarn instead. She was nuts. Why didn't she just say she wanted 700 yards?
I caught a snippet of the "fashion show" which had some just hideous creations. I shouldn't be so critical, but I am and it's hard to change.
I'm in training! No, not for the knitting Olympics, but for my lovely sock yarn. I have been diligently studying a sock yarn tutorial and with worsted weight (yes, very thick!) wool and size 6 dpn's, I have knit up a cuff, the short row heel and am in the midst of a gusset. It's all so exciting seeing my practice sock come together. Soon, for your viewing pleasure...a toe!
Early on in this blog, I once debated the virtues of cheap (or squeaky as Lu calls it) acrylic yarn versus high end splurgey wool/silk/angora/alpaca yarns.
A year later, I have decided that though machine washable is nice, it doesn't make up for the pleasure factor. Afterall, knitting is a hobby. (For some, it may actually be a sport.) I knit for pleasure...and I knit slowly. That means I shouldn't be spending my precious time on yarn I don't love.
So in throwing myself back into knitting, I bought African Grey. Isn't he handsome?
I was innocently browsing the sock yarn at my new LYS and he squawked at me.
Nevermind that I have never knit socks before in my life. How could I possibly resist the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in the African Grey colorway?
I couldn't. Especially since Full Thread Ahead was having a "Super Ball Party" of 50% of anything one could carry during halftime. Hell, I bought Fall Foliage too. What can I say, I'm weak.