I'm in passionate love with Rowan's Cashcotton. It's the softest, easiest to knit cotton that's ever slid across my needles. No problems with splitting either. There's a fluffy, hazy finish from the cashmere, but that's a huge part of the charm. This certainly won't wear like mercerized cotton, but it's got the luxury feel Rowan claims. Here in coastal So Cal it's a perfect weight for cool evenings.
I've heard this yarn doesn't like to be frogged, but I did rip back five rows of both front panels without issue. Had a forehead slapping moment after realizing I'd missed the bottom shaping. I'd noted that shaping before cast on - really - but then promptly forgotten when I picked it up two days later for some mindless knitting. A little too mindless obviously. Anyway, it re-knitted just fine, but those rows were only about 30 minutes old before the mistake was corrected, so the stitches hadn't set. With the fuzziness, I can imagine a big jump in the frog pond might affect the yarn's finish.
I'm using INOX 40" circs. I often prefer bamboo needles, but with this yarn they will probably slow you down a lot. Here's the progress so far:
Takes a little yarn management to do all sides at once, but it will be sweet when I do those shoulder joins! If you don't have little girls this may not be part of your world, but plastic hair bands are perfect for containing the CO tail for later seaming. I've also used them for making temporary ends on DP's to create a short pair of needles for knitting an edging, etc. They make good stitch markers and can be cut out easily if they need to be knitted into the fabric. One more: they wrap around the tips of DP's with socks in progress for safe transport. Only a penny or two each, so you can abuse them and lose them without tears.
Emily finally got to wear the sweater I finished two years ago, months before we even met her. Can you tell I've been waiting waiting waiting to claim "It fits! Time to wear it!"? OK, I'm pushing that window, but hey, it's got grow room.
Can't see it in these photos, but the color matches her beautiful eyes exactly. She's at the age of CHEESE! Didn't have time before pre-school to let her calm down and get some natural shots, but I wanted to capture it before she gives it a day of her special treatment. It's a Debbie Bliss pattern using Classic Elite Provence (the blue #2607) and Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (the cream).
Finally got my first Pi Shawl on the needles! I say first because I've heard they're addictive. The EZasPi KAL had another CO Day, so I decided it was time. Especially since I'd just received my hank of Shine from Joslyn's Fiber Farm. This is the Treebark colorway. I love the shine of silk/wool laceweight and I thought this pattern knitted in the round would play up the variegation well with minimum pooling. Seems to be working so far...
Survived learning the crocheted loop cast on and the first few rounds on DP's, but the crease between my brows may be a bit deeper. Can you work up a sweat only moving your fingers? Still need to even out my first increase round - YO's are a bit fussy to make on DP's - but I'm pretty happy with it. Only other knitters can understand the glory of those first few rounds, no bigger than a baby mouse in your palm, held up with ecstasy like you've conquered the world.
After that it's been smooth sailing. Decided to stay with the basic EZ pattern from Knitter's Almanac, which again, I think works well with the variegated yarn. I'm saving my mushroom colored Zephyr laceweight for a more intricate pattern. Harlot ignited a debate last fall about the merits (or demerits) of variegated yarn and lace. Personally, I like it if the yarn and the overall design and the stitch patterns complement each other.
Sometimes I read through all of Harlot's comments because it's practically a forum in itself (like the variegated debate). A few days ago she was commenting humorously on the real vs. emotional geography of the US. I love the variations in culture across this nation - keeps in intersesting. My born and bred CA neighbor just came back from a trip to New Orleans over the weekend and her first words were "The people were so nice and friendly!". Some stereotypes have merit.
Someone gave the link below where you can produce your version of this map. I didn't do the world map because it was such a depressing reminder of how few of the places on my wish list I've seen. Only plus was that Russia is a huge land mass. For the US, my rule was that I must have set foot on the soil and seen the place at least in passing, so I didn't include a state if I'd only changed planes there - otherwise I'd also have MI, MN and MO. Been in spitting distance (not that I spit mind you) of WY, WI and VT, but didn't pass the border signs so no points for those. Guess I need to do an Upper Mid-West trip huh?
Another reader suggested Garreau's book Nine Nations of North America, which I've just now put on hold for pick up at my local library (don'tcha love on-line catalogs!). I've read another of his books, Edge City, so I'm looking forward to seeing this although it's out of date (1980). Love David Brooks' books too: On Paradise Drive and Bobos in Paradise. I'm putting in the Amazon links so you can read reviews, but these should all be at your local library as well. If you're into this kind of thing (which sounds slightly risque), feel free to comment with further reading suggestions.