I know I mentioned it at least once or twice, but I have been wanting to knit Lara Chau’s Dipped Infinity Scarf pattern. Sunshine Yarns was selling gorgeous kits at Stitches but they were all wool sock yarn. I searched at Stitches and then quite a lot online afterward without much success. Finally, I realized that the best solution was a silk or bamboo yarn from ArtFibers. Not only did some of their yarns come in at least 12 colors but they sell it by whatever yardage you like, so I could buy 130 yds of 8 colors without having to break the bank or end up with enough yarn for two or three of these. These past weekend I finally made my excusion to ArtFibers, with much success!
a reference photo so I could remember the color order
If you’ve never been to ArtFibers, it’s a pretty incredible place. All their yarns are house brands and you are free to sit and swatch. So I did. For about an hour!
The swatching was useful because the colors I thought would work at first, didn’t. I will not be knitting them in exactly that order and there are two colors on that swatch I’m not using, but it’s more or less the colors.
what I took home
As you can see, the cones I took home were a lot smaller than a full cone, in case anyone freaks out from that first photo. I cast on all 252 stitches last night and am almost around the first row (I had a busy day with no knitting time, really). I am looking forward to knitting this up! I think it will be lovely. I suspect that it’ll be 90 degrees when I’m done though.
I should be sleeping but look: I finished stuff!
The Purl Ridge Scarf! (Ravelry link)
I realize, actually, that I never talked about starting this project. I was deep in my desire to find The Perfect Yarn™ for the Dipped Infinity Scarf (which I am still determined to do) and then I saw that other people were knitting other scarves of the same type and I decided to, you know, be smart and look on Ravelry. I found Stephen West’s pattern for The Purl Ridge Scarf and I thought it fit the bill. Then I remembered this yarn, Ty-Dy Cotton which I bought in Placerville as a souvenir of my trip with the knitters to Tahoe last May. I never knew what to do with it… until now!
A little morning knitting.
I love it already. I wore it for a bit today but it got too warm, even though it’s just cotton. I think it will be nice when it really is cold again, so that might be November.
I also finished a baby sweater.
Ribbed Baby Jacket (Ravelry link)
I made it to match one that Juls made for our knitting friend who had twins last week. Juls made the girl one and I made the boy one. It looks much cuter on the bear, don’t you think?
The bear needs longer arms.
It’s All Seasons Cotton, of course. It’s a colorway that I actually bought from Juls a few years ago because she saw my Rogue knit from it and said she had this yarn and did I want it? Of course I did! I have two sweaters out of that exact yarn myself. I did not mean to make my friend’s baby match my sweater but I guess I did. Whoops!
I should have taken a progress picture of Aidez because there actually has been progress. I’m not convinced it will be finished at a time when it will be at all the right temperature to wear it but the cold always does come back eventually… right?
After getting Rachel Herron‘s yet-to-be-published book from her at Stitches, I was determined to finish it before its release date. I finished it today, on its release date, which I am going to call a victory.
I liked it just as much as her first book! The funny thing is that even though I share a name with her first book’s heroine, this one spoke to me more. I related to her.
I totally recommend this book, you should go buy it on Amazon! (Or, you know, at your local bookshop.)