Wednesday, June 10, 2015

yarn along: hamamelis

Joining Ginny et al. for this week's Yarn Along:

The lace pattern for Hamamelis finally clicked, and now it's coming along just swimmingly. I just started All the Light We Cannot See -- compelling and hard to put down!
Erik visited his grandparents over the weekend, and Paul and I spent a glorious staycation weekend here in Chicago. Chocolate croissants on the front porch, burgers at the Bad Apple, the new Avengers movie (going out together after dark! such a luxury!).
I even fit in some uninterrupted crafting time both mornings -- a little bit of hand quilting (not my forte, but I'd like to finish this wee baby quilt that I started eons ago) and a handknits finishing frenzy. So many buttons to sew on! Here's the first: 

pattern: lottie cardigan, by carrie bostick hoge
yarn: frog tree ewetopia, #1245, 3 skeins
needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) bamboo circs and US 8 bamboo dpns
size: 6 months


A lovely little pattern. I like that there is plenty of overlap for the front button bands. So many baby sweater patterns don't bother, with the result that the fronts tends to pull when buttoned.

The yarn was an absolute delight. My first time knitting with Frog Tree yarn. Ewetopia is a 2-ply merino, with a special twist -- one ply is superwash, the other is not, so the two plies take the dye very differently. It's a marled yarn, and it's so springy and squooshy. I found the yarn at Knit One Purl Two in Rockford, a very nice shop (much nicer than I expected given its location in a strip mall). I found the wooden buttons at Yarn Con -- I wish I could find this woman's contact info, as she sells a wonderful selection of wooden buttons in a variety of shapes and sizes at affordable prices. A real treasure!


pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See, too! Just started yesterday. I like it so far, but I can only read while knitting every other row (the purl back row) on the new design piece I'm working on. But at least there's that. The other piece I'm designing has lace stitches on both right and wrong sides, so there will be no knitting while reading!

Gillian said...

Sounds like a great time, especially getting some crafting done. That yarn sounds nice - haven't come across it.

Sharon said...

Our book club read All the Light in February and loved it. The perspective of WWII is unique and we still talk about it. In fact, someone brought up something from it at our recent meeting. I hope you like it as much as we did. And thanks for the info that that two-ply yarn. What a great idea - could make that as a hand spinner in fact.

Caffeine Girl said...

Everyone is reading that book -- and they all say that it is excellent. It's on my list.

I remember those days when an overnight away from my kids was such a luxury (and not one I wanted to last too long!). I cannot resist a chocolate croussaint!

Julie Crawford said...

Oooh, All the Light We Cannot See is definitely on my must-read list! I love your Hammamelis and that chocolate croissant looks delish!