What’s in Your…Knitting Bag???

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Projects in the Works

Good grief! Why haven’t I finished the Einstein Sweater? Besides being restricted to the 24 hour day, yarn keeps pouring into the shop, and I have no resistance. At some point hugging and squeezing the yarn isn’t enough and you have to get some on needles. Puget Sound VestIt’s aggravating when the yarn comes in without pattern support. Can’t just pick up a ball and run with it. Araucania Aysen yarn was calling to me after doing a little sample sock from Cat Borhdi’s book for SoXperience and realizing how incredibly soft the yarn is. With a blend of merino wool, alpaca and silk, that’s exactly what you would expect. What to do, what to do? Had in my mind’s eye a side to side vest. Tried out quite a few until I settled on one called Puget Sound in Nancie Wiseman’s Classic Knitted Vests. As you can see from this photo of the pattern, it uses the same colorway in two different yarns. I tried combining other yarns with the Aysen, but was never satisfied, so decided to use only the Aysen for the entire vest. Next came the gauge and many needle sizes later, settled on the size 10 for the vest. So, you can see how it’s coming along. I think the garter stitch rows will set off the yarn nicely. Aysen After all this work I called the publisher to order copies of the book to discover it’s out of print. Big tears! But all is not lost. After some negotiations, we were given permission to make copies of the pattern. So…smiles once again.

The other yarn I have dabbled with is Rhythm by Jojoland. Rhythm Scarf(This really has just arrived and we have not gotten it on the website yet.) If you are familiar with her Melody yarn, this is very similar but in worsted weight. I just wanted a “quick” something to knit up to show how the colorway changed through the length of the yarn. A scarf is perfect and Barbara’s Walkers ostrich plume stitch will be great with enough stitch variation to keep your attention, but yet not a lengthy project. I can’t wait to get to the blue part. Watch for more!

So these plus the Fall Fiber Festival kept me away from the Einstein sweater. But a long road trip to Rhinebeck, NY and the NY Sheep & Wool Festival is coming next week!

2 Responses to “What’s in Your…Knitting Bag???”

  1. Virginia S Accurso Says:

    I just love the colors in the Araucania Aysen yarn. I’m going to have to give this yarn a try. It sounds scrumptious!

  2. Terrye Says:

    I love the off centered vest, simple and elegant. I didn’t see where you mentioned a pattern, where did it come from?

    Knitting Editor

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