Wanting What’s Hard to Get

Why is it that we want the things the most that are the hardest to get? It isn’t like I sit around and desire the things I can’t have but it seems that through the years, I’ve had an attachment to the things that require the most effort to get. I definitely don’t need another sewing machine but if ever I come across a decent deal on a Singer 301 or a Featherweight, I’m getting it . . just can’t pass it up.

Wollmeise yarn is another thing. Any time there’s a Wollmeise update, I’m snagging whatever I can get, even though I have more than I’ll probably ever use. Then there was Bugga yarn.  It was so hard to get. Here’s a post from back in 2010 when the Bugga obsession was in full swing. As usual, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to details but the original company, The Sanguine Gryphon split or closed and two companies formed. One was Cephalapod Yarns and the other was The Verdant Gryphon. The Loopy Ewe carries a bit of The Verdant Gryphon’s Bugga and Eat, Sleep, Knit carried a Cephalapod’s Bugga and Skinny Bugga.

Bugga Yarn

Bugga Yarn

Through the  years, I’ve managed to collect quite a bit of Bugga yarn.

Bugga Yarn

Bugga Yarn

Yes, it’s an obsession. The list is longer.  You’ve seen enough to know . . I need no more!

Only recently have I begun collecting Skinny Bugga. The problem . . I know you’re about to ask where I’m going with all this . . Cephalapod is closing and they’re the only ones with Skinny Bugga and I only have 2 skeins of Skinny Bugga . . in all of my possession . . 2 skeins!

Eat, Sleep, Knit is supposed to be getting in one last shipment of Skinny Bugga. Let’s hope I miss that notification!  :)

Ravelry Finds

This week, I’ve been sitting and knitting more than usual but I’ve also been sitting and digging through Ravelry more than usual so I’ve come up with, what I think, are some amazing patterns I want to make . . some day!  :)

You know I love Laura Aylor’s designs and she has this new, on sale for a few days, Rumple Scrap. It looks like something I could work in the car or while chatting with Vince . . not having to pay a whole lot of attention and it’s also good for leftovers. I almost always end up ordering an extra skein of yarn just so I don’t run out and have to re-order and hope for a dye lot match.

Rumple Scrap

Rumple Scrap

Joji Locatelli is also a favorite and some of her designs that have been around for a while but

This one is a hoodie cardigan and I love the back! Everyone says it’s a really fun and quick pattern to make. It’s Jenica Hoodie.

Jenica Hoodie

Jenica Hoodie

Another of Joji’s patterns that I’ve added to my library is Lipsick.  I love what Lilalu did to make hers a jumper instead of a cardigan.

Lipstick

Lipstick

Flaming Hat looks like a fun pattern. Anyone thinking of Christmas gifts? This one and Laura’s new Rumple Scrap scarf. I think those could be made using matching yarns for a set and wouldn’t that be nice?  :)

Flaming Hat

Flaming Hat

A blogging friend, Erin, sent me a link to a few patterns and I loved this one . . Dunlow.  A while back I had ordered yarn to make Wanderling and then decided it might not be the yarn I wanted for Wanderling. The yarn I had bought for Wanderling is perfect for Dunlow so I moved that yarn over from one project to another and will decide on another yarn for Wanderling. I’m leaning towards Madelinetosh Sport in a new color they have, Dachshund. How perfect would that be since I’m a doxie lover?

Dunlow

Dunlow

Time to stop browsing and get busy knitting . . 

Carabe Progress

Last night I got the first sleeve finished. I absolutely love the Mrs. Crosby’s Steamer Trunk Worsted Weight yarn. I am not saying “YOU go out and buy it too” because I don’t know how it’s going to wear but it is probably my most favorite yarn ever to use. I know we all like different things . . some like soft and squishy. This isn’t soft and squishy. Some might even say it’s abrasive, though I think that’s a stretch but . . it’s very tightly twisted and I could be wrong, but if ever there’s a 100% Superwash Wool that’s going to hold up to wear and washing, I do believe this yarn could be it. For my swatch, once it was washed, it did get softer . . plenty soft enough that I wouldn’t have any complaints about wearing it next to my skin. I really like this yarn but you’re probably starting to get that idea, right?

No here’s Nicole’s Carabe with one sleeve done.

Carabe

Carabe

Someone had asked me the other day when I showed the picture if the stripes would get “smoother” after blocking. I’m assuming she meant because they look a little rough around the edges but these stripes have a Slip 1/Knit 1 when you change colors and right before that, there’s a purl row to make a bump row so they aren’t intended to be smooth . . if that’s what I was being asked. If not  . . ask again and I’ll try to give you a better answer.

I went ahead and steam blocked the stripe at the end of the sleeve so you could see it up close . . even in the horrible light in this house.

Stripe

Stripe

The colors used in this one are Hollywood Cerise and Golden Butter. For my sweater, I’m thinking about using these combinations (one . . not all!)

  • A New Leaf B/Hot Pimiento
  • Red King Radish/Squid Ink A
  • Hollywood Cerise/Creme Fraiche – that would be the local high school colors and I would probably get mugged for my sweater. Ever watch Friday Night Lights? It’s played out live . . in small towns across Texas for real!

There are other colors and I’m sure The Loopy Ewe will be getting more in before I need to buy yarn (catch that . . need . to . buy. yarn!)  :)

It’s really hard to make a 2 color sweater without it being someone’s school colors. My high school colors were orange and black. I have not ruled that out! Yes, I’ve always had this great taste in color!  :)