It seems I’m not the only one

My love for gradient yarn is no secret. I just love it. But yarn is not the only thing that can be gradient. Today I saw these houses on my walk and it made me so happy. I would love to meet the person who came up with this, it’s so clever. He or she must have had so much fun doing this and the people living here, I really hope they appreciate this lovely idea. Gradient row of houses, what a thing!

These days I don’t ask for much

Today I was smart. It’s a bit embarassing that I consider this to be a sign of intelligence but I do nontheless. For one of my projects I’m using beads and the beads came on a string with the kit. It quickly became clear that keeping them on the string while knitting would prove to be difficult. That’s when I was smart. With the yarn kit I also got a small tin with stitch markers. By this far along in the knitting all the markers are in the knitting so the tin is empty. My light bulb moment made me realize I could take all the beads off the string and put them in the tin instead. So I did. I’m extremely smug and pleased with myself.

Shhhh, just let me have it, will you?

Hidden qualities

My crocheting skills are progressing nicely. Better than I could have imagined. The progress is moving forward and with that so are the amount of ends to weave in. But let’s focus on the crocheting part instead. It’s even fun to do! And pretty too!

It’s yellow no matter what you say

In my new crochet project I have four contrasting colors. Since it was all a kit I didn’t pick them myself and I haven’t been sure what to think. I called the colors yellow (that photographs green sometimes and That’s why I chose the kit, because of the green (that turned out to be yellow)), apricot, beige and light purple-ish. This is aparently wrong. Others have called them natural and pink and that’s it. At first I was sceptic but today when I saw all the colors in my project bag I can see how they can be perceived as pink. I’m still not sure I would though but they are quite pretty. Perhaps not something I would normally put together myself but nice nontheless.

That natural though. It’s not natural. It’s not green. It’s yellow.

It’s not cheating, right?

My crocheting carreer continues. I have finished the shawl, I only need to weave in ends and block it, but the actual crocheting part is finished. Now I have started a new shawl, one that was an MCAL during July. I thought it looked really difficult but yesterday I sat down and looked at it step by step and I think I have figured it out. I’ve also learned some new stitches, which is cool. So yes, crochet is moving forward. Please don’t tell the stash.

The finest yarn

We need to look at this again. I saw a picture of a lovely shawl on the internet a while ago. It was gray and had an edging in several colors and it was simply gorgeous. I loved the colors and I knew instantly that I have to make one. The yarn company made kits and I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Just look at it. It’s amazing!

The yarn arrived yesterday and it’s even more amazing in reality. It might be the most beautiful yarn kit I’ve ever seen. To make that shawl will be a treat and I can’t wait. Maybe I’ll cast on in January to celebrate my graduation. That will be an occasion worthy of this beautiful yarn.

I also got a second kit with colors in a cooler shade. It reminds me of impressionist paintings of the sea. I don’t have a plan for it yet but I’m sure it will be just as amazing, whatever it decides to become.

I think they are related

While I knit on the next pink cardigan, I figure I might show you the last cardigan I finished. Once in a yarn shop about two years ago I found this yarn. It had a gray base and some balls had a pink contrast and some had a blue. I bought both colors and they have now resulted in two little cardigans. Me Made ended up with the pink one and now that I found out that a friend of mine is having a baby in August, she will get the blue one.

I thought the blue one wouldn’t be as fun to knit as the pink one (indeed I do love pink much more than I love blue) but that wasn’t the case at all. The stitches just flew off the needles and the cardigan was done in no time, despite the attention being shared with Me Made as well as other knitting projects (Me Made is obviously not a knitting project but more of a receiver of knitted items).

I chose the same pattern as for the pink one and I think they turned out very pretty. Too bad Me Made and the new little baby won’t be able to wear them next to each other, that would have been adorable!

Instead we’ll have to settle for the two cardigans next to each other. That’s pretty darn good too. The only difference between them is that I chose buttons in different colors for the blue one.

Pattern: Peanut Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs. Yarn: Austermann Merino 105 Color, color 305. Mods: No contrasting purl rows, just plain stockinette stitch and I also changed the increases to a M1 instead of kfb.

Cheap versus expensive

Today I got inspired and got the idea to cast on a new cardigan for Me Made. I was going to use stash yarn but the question of which yarn arose. Since it’s for Me Made it’s silly to use something super fancy, the cardigan will be covered in spit or worse and will be outgrown in just a few weeks. But the feeling of fancy yarn though, oh man.

That got me thinking. I know and I’ve met a lot of knitters who prefer cheaper yarn. Who either go for the 10 SEK per yarn ball at the cheap warehouse (which mostly means non-natural fibers) or the cheaper brands of natural fibers. There is nothing wrong with that and I admit to sometimes use the cheaper brands of natural fibers myself, as long as the yarn company is a an honest one, but I don’t get mad when yarn costs money (yes, I’ve met people who get mad when the lovely hand dyed merino costs more than the bulk yarn from the cheaper brand), and I don’t like it when people say I’m crazy for buying more expensive yarn or try to bully me into going for the cheap acryllic.

So why don’t I always knit with the cheaper stuff? Why have I knit baby cardigans in hand dyed merino? Well, the answer is pretty simple. For me, the process of knitting is more important than the finished object. I love knitting, not just the finished item. I love knitting more than I love the thing I’ve knit (which I also love quite a lot) and that’s why I go for the more expensive yarn. I love the feeling of it in my hands, the softness of it, the certain flare it adds to the project. It’s a wonderful feeling to work with great materials, that is true for both yarn and needles and all other stuff. I don’t want to spend hours and hours working on a cardigan that doesn’t feel good in my hands. That’s not a good start for a relationship and I probably won’t like the finished cardigan.

I meet a lot of people who knit out of obligation. They don’t want to knit but they feel that they have to. They go for cheaper yarn, which I can totally understand, but I can’t help but think that they might enjoy it more if they worked with other materials. Of course, expensive doesn’t necessarily equal better but when it comes to yarn it often does. Not always but quite often. To me, the yarn quality is really important and the feeling of using yarn that is a delight to work with can’t be described.

So, for this cardigan, which yarn should I use? I’m not saying that the pink yarn to the left in the picture is bad, absolutely not, but I am saying that the yarn to the right will be nicer to work with. However, this time I will pick the pink, cheaper yarn. I’m thinking of making quite a few different versions of this cardigan if Me Made likes it and I figure I can make a first prototype in the pink yarn, just to see if it works and if it will be worn and evaluate if I like the pattern. I have also rubbed it against Me Made’s belly to see if it’s acceptable and I believe it is. If it turns out to be a success, I will bring out the merino though.