Lorna’s Laces Masham Worsted

When I was at TNNA in January, I saw many lovely things!

One of my favorites is the new Masham Worsted from Lorna’s Laces. Clara Parkes just wrote a very in-depth Masham Worsted review, so if you want to know more … check that out!

This has been one of my favorite new yarns to try – it knits up at a great gauge (I used US7s for my hats.) I love the way that it takes dye – with a beautiful marled effect.

I knit my two hanks up into two hats – one skein is the perfect amount for a perfect hat with a perfectly perfect pom-pom! (Pics coming soon!)

I’d love to have a Masham sweater!

ETA: here are a couple pics of one of the hats:

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New Pattern! Playtime Cardigan

This is a cute, simple little cardigan pattern that I designed around a few custom colors of Haikoo SimpliWorsted that I created for Craftsy recently.

Playtime Cardigan MazieThe yarns are on sale right now, so if you like them, it’s a good time to pick some up. (Click on the link above, and you’ll go right there.)

Craftsy Custom ColorsThese self-striping colors are based on the colors that Mazie and Olive love to wear. Mazie loves pink. Any and every shade of pink. I like this colorway, because it has her pink — but also a couple of nice neutrals to tone it down just a little bit.  Skacel did such a great job dyeing these, I really love how freeform the stripes are!

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Here’s Olive in her sweater, and holding a few skeins of the yarn that I used to make hers:

Playtime Olive

Olive loves pink, but is more open to wearing other colors as well.  She’s a really happy, vibrant little girl, so I designed her colorway to be really bright and fun.

The girls really love their sweaters – and think that it’s so cool that the yarn is really THEIRS.

The pattern is for sale both at Craftsy and on Ravelry.

Sizes:  Child’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)

Finished chest circumference: 22 (25, 27, 29, 31) inches / 56 (63.5, 68.5, 74, 79) cm

Materials
Yarn: 3(4, 4, 5, 6)skeins Skacel HiKoo SimpiWorsted • 55%
Merino Superwash 28%

If working with a self- striping colorway, consider purchasing an extra skein to match stripes for sleeves.

Needles: US 10 (6mm) 24” or longer circular needle, US10 (6mm) DPN, Long circ., etc. for sleeves, US 8 (5mm) 24” or longer circular needle, US8 (5mm) DPN, Long circ., etc. for sleeves

Notions: six to ten 3⁄4 to 1” buttons, darning needle, four stitch markers

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows in 4 inches (10 cm)

We are just THRILLED that it is VESTVEMBER!

So…after talking several times with both Yahaira and Karen in recent days, I decided to cast on for a Vestvember project! (There are both Ravelry and Flickr groups for Vestvember…be sure to check them out!)

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I was at Unravel the other day, because I heard a rumor that they had ordered some Lorna’s Laces yarn and wanted to see that for myself. They didn’t have any Lorna’s, but they did have this interesting yarn from Berroco. I used to shy away from yarns with high acrylic content, but after successfully using Berroco’s Comfort for a big project for myself a few years ago:
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(it has held up GREAT!) I decided to give the Vintage a try.

It feels so nice in the hand, it’s soft, lofty, but still has that Cascade 220 (another fave of mine) feel of like, “ok, this is just plain, simple, old-fashioned YARN.” I *like* fluffy fancy high-end wools, but sometimes my knitting history calls from deep down inside and I just want YARN. BUT…this is more than “just yarn” … it’s MACHINE WASHABLE. And it feels GOOD! And the colors are FABULOUS! And…And…I knit my Vestvember project in TWO DAYS.

I decided to make a little vest for my Mazie.

Yahaira is doing a turtle / cowl, so I totally copied that. Well, let it sink into my brain until my brain said, “Hey! How about a turtle / cowl?” And I said, “Well, that would be GREAT! I wonder if Yahaira would think that would be cute?” (wink) Here is the start of my turtleneck on top of the cabinets that Nathan is refacing. (little peek into life at the New House.)

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THEN…I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could make this sweater for Mazie one year and have it still fit the NEXT year?” SO…I lengthened the armholes (in a decorative way) with the plan of adding little tabs at the side that I can move down as she gets bigger.
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I also did a little deco thing at the hem, so that I could fold the hem at any of the purl ridges and hem it…then LET IT DOWN as she needs more length!! I didn’t hem this one, but I *could.*

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Mazie likes it…I think.
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Sprout

The last few days have been great! I’ve gotten so much checked off my To Do list, I can’t believe it!

One of the yarns I’ve been working with this week is Classic Elite Sprout.

Classic Elite Sprout

This 100% organic yarn is so soft and lofty. It’s going to make a lovely sweater for Mazie!

Classic Elite Sprout

Maybe you can tell from the “winder” picture, we’re getting more and more moved in. As we finish painting one room, we can fill it up and shuffle things around and eventually, everything will be unpacked. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

Here’s a sneak peek of a shawl that I just finished, to be released as a pattern in a new Stitch CoOp Shawls / Scarves booklet that we’re working on. Knit in Cascade 220 Superwash Paints.

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I’m in a blue phase. Blue is so calming.

…Speaking of Knitting in the Sun

I’ve got a warm-weather FO to share!

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This sweater has been spotted in the background of several photos, it’s been living on the mannequin in my living room for MONTHS.

It’s knit back and forth on circs, with the lapels picked up last. The yarn is Dali from Textiles a Mano. I blogged about the yarn here. That was a LONG time ago! Almost a year!

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One thing that slowed me down is that the yarn is one of those that you really have to want to knit. It’s stiff, so you can’t really ZOOM with it…but it’s SO WORTH IT. The fabric is definitely holding its shape…it’s been on the mannequin for almost a year and hasn’t stretched out. The texture of the fibers is so perfect (see the post I linked to earlier for closeups) and the sheen is amazingly luminous! It shines like pearls.

Stay Tuned this week for another book review, a SOAK promo, and more Summer Knits!