Thursday, June 28, 2007

Variety Is The Spice of Life

Right? On Tuesday I went out and purchased the Fitted Knits book by Stephanie Japel. Upon leaving the store I immediately moseyed over to LisCat to buy another skein of Deluxe Worsted 100% Wool. Assuming I didn't have enough at home, I plopped down the $9.50 for it in a pretty lilacy color. While I was passing over my hard won (seeing as I have no job, it wasn't earned) money I couldn't help but complain in my mind that, "Wow her prices have gone up." and "Yea K, she's expensive to be a no-frills yarn spot." For some reason she felt the need to tell me that the yarn I was buying was the best. "That it knit up easily and washed sooooo well!" she schmoozed. I bought it anyways thinking it would make a great or shall I say Perfect Periwinkle Turtleneck Tube Vest [TTV]. At least it would be cheap for today. I already had 3 skeins at home and stash busting is a lot cheaper than buying commando.

As soon as I got home I went to work on the TTV and immediately joined the Fitted Knits KAL hosted by Robin (Yarn Crawl) on Typepad. Looks like a good industrous group of ladies over there.

As usual I had to make my usual modifications. The Wool I bought is booty!! BOOTY do you hear me!! It's 100% wool! Duh! It's itching my hands. Actually, it's not that bad. It is a little scratchy and it does hold heat, but it knits very prettily (see the swatch). I knit up 1 swatch and my gauge was right on. It's just, just, just... Too raw and natural for what I'm making. Maybe it's the summer temps here in So Cal but this yarn looks like it's giving off heat vapors. I really can't see wearing this directly on my skin in any season. Wife beater or fitted blouse here we come!

So what's the resolution and why do you see two colors in the pics? I decided to create a backless version less the turtleneck using the remainder of that beautiful Berroco Ultra Alpaca I used for my Mom's Sambuca jacket. It's so soffffffffft! And it doesn't itch me like I got fungus.

So we'll see what comes of the both of em.



Adrienne said...

That tank was my first knit from the book. I LOVE IT!!!!

Christie said...

Hmmm...wool. Even by the beach, it would probably be to warm for that tank. That sucks that it's itching you. Did you try to wash your swatch? Maybe it will soften up.

I've only been in that store once, and I got a really good deal on some needles, but haven't made the effort to go back.

Judy said...

Nice choice of colors, I'm anxious to see the finished products. The turtleneck tube vest is very flattering.....

Royal.Empress said...

Thank you so much for clarifying the pattern for the Airy Wrap. I've come to realize that I should not read patterns at 2am and expect to fully understand it lol! I'm looking forward to your finished work :)

Knitaholictoo said...

Girl these books are so pretty, I ran out and got them!