Ashore Knit Along

Last week I had to make a decision on which yarn to use for the Ashore Knit Along.

Yarn Choices

Yarn Choices

On the left is Malabrigo Rios, in the center is an avocado (kinda) Alpaca blend and on the right is Cascade 220 Superwash. I ended up going with Cascade because (1) I want something I can wear all the time during our two weeks of winter and (2) it’s the local high school color so everyone in town will love me when I wear it.

Laura has some weird swatching instructions for this one so I did it . . just as instructed . . you know me . . always following the rules!  :)

Swatch

Swatch

There are short rows and the reverse stockinette is the right side so the little “rough” area near the top left are my short rows. I did them per Laura’s instructions but still may actually use German short rows when I’m working on the project.

Since Cascade 220 Superwash is  . . well, superwash . . I decided to toss it in the washer and dryer with a load of jeans (bad Judy). That might have been a little rough treatment for even superwash yarn.

Washed

Washed

I wanted to see what it would do and now I won’t do it ever again. For superwash yarns, I usually soak them in the sink, roll them up in a big old towel, step on them to get all the water out and then toss them in the dryer on low til they’re damp, then block them.  It’s a much kinder thing to do and it doesn’t take much effort.  Sorry Superwash swatch . . I’m going to blame it on the meds I was taking last week!  :)

 

 

Yarn Report – Week 30, 2014

There’s been a little bit added and a little bit to report as finished.

On the added front, there was a Wollmeise update last week and I got a bit of lace and a bit of fingering weight yarn. Two skeins of fingering weight:

Wollmeise

Wollmeise

and two skeins of lace weight:

Wollmeise

Wollmeise

Those colors are not photoshopped. That’s pretty close to real and that is one of the many reasons I love Wollmeise yarn. Deep, rich colors!

I also ordered some super bulky (3 skeins) to make this for Addie! It’s Burton Bear Cowl (guess you might have noticed that from the picture) but you can click on the name (above) and it will take you to the link.

For Addie

For Addie

As far as used, I finished Nicole’s Carabe and that ended up being 10 skeins! This might be the first week this year that I’ve used more skeins than I added. Maybe that’s a good sign. 

Used this week: 9 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 45 skeins
Added this week: 7 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 176 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 131 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)