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banana silk yarn!

i’m going to sydney next month for work, and was thinking about the potential for yarn shop exploration, when i suddenly thought that maybe someone in sydney would stock soy silk!. so i checked their website, and had a look at some websites for australian stockists of southwest trading company yarns (none of which are in sydney), and clicked over to their new zealand listing as an afterthought, only to discover a new shop on their list!

yarn traders doesn’t stock soy silk and bamboo yet, but apparently will do soon. what they do have is BANANA SILK. it’s made from banana fibres and is hand spun and dyed in nepal, and it looks amazing. i just ordered a couple of skeins to see what it’s like. wow.

(if anyone does have any good sydney yarn shop suggestions, please comment!)

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a hundred hats

i’ve been knitting a lot of hats lately. they’re all based on the same “pattern” (which maybe i’ll type up properly if anyone’s interested?), with a few little variations. i think next time i knit a hat, i’ll try something different.

thomas' and kirsty's hats

(click on the photo for pictures of the other hats i’ve made) these two are for my sister (green and brown) and my nephew (red and blue). i knitted thomas’ hat in one night! i just hope it’s the right size, i just sort of visualised how big his head was last time i saw him, and guessed how many stitches that might be.

a couple of weeks ago, i bought myself some more books from fishpond: stitch ‘n bitch: the knitter’s handbook, scarf style & the urban knitter! i think that’s enough buying new books for a while, but they were all worth it.

stitch ‘n bitch will be a really useful basic reference i think, and there are still techniques in it that i haven’t tried yet. its descriptions of cables made them sound really non-intimidating. i might have a go at something cabled soon. &, cute things to knit!

i’d been wanting scarf style after reading the description on the interweave press website & seeing people’s finished scarves on the scarf style knitalong blog. wow. i really want to make “lady eleanor” and the turtleneck shrug, & the “here and there” cable scarf makes me want to learn how to do cables, but there are so many gorgeous & interesting patterns in this book, as well as ideas for making your own scarf pattern. everyone’s knitting “ruffles” from this book, but it kind of looks intestinal to me, i’m not sure about it.

& the urban knitter looks like it will teach me things about designing patterns. all the patterns seem to have interesting little tricks involved. i’ve started knitting the “apron-front halter top” with that yellow ribbon yarn i bought a while ago, and it’s been really fun. it’s knitted side-to-side, and knits up really quickly on bigger needles than i’m used to. it’s only delayed because i think it’s going to be too big, and i’m probably going to have to rip back a few rows, & i’ve been putting it off. also, it looks like i might have not quite enough yarn (though i might be okay, depending on how much smaller i make it). here is progress so far:

view of the whole top, on the needles

close-up of stitches

i also started swatching for the “lucky” cardigan from stitch ‘n bitch nation, with some panda cotton i bought from trademe.

messy swatch

it took me a few tries and some message board reading to figure out the lace pattern, but i got there in the end. the problem i have now is that i can get gauge with this yarn on a particular size of needles, but the stitches look loose and floppy and the lace pattern doesn’t stand out. if i go down a needle size, the lace pattern looks good, but i get more stitches per inch. i could just change the pattern accordingly, but then i’d end up using more balls of yarn than the pattern calls for, and i probably wouldn’t have enough. so i’m still thinking about what to do – maybe a short sleeved version? or a sleeveless top with the same lace pattern? or i could just put this one aside and buy some suitable cotton when i can find it, but i’d prefer to use what i have. we’ll see.

i’m sure i had other things to post about. i’ll try to update again soon. oh! the new issue of knitty is up! so many pretty things to make.