Did I Do That?!

There I was, minding my own business, headed home, when Lexie suddenly lurched to the left, and then to the right, and I found myself in a yarn shop.  Stacey and I have been talking about Noro’s Taiyo quite a bit, and I decided I had to have some.  While I was snatching up the colorway of my dreams like a starving dog on a bone, I somehow snarfed up some Matsuri too.  It’s cotton and wool, and just lucious.  On the top there is Plymouth’s Happy Feet.  It actually feels rough compared to the Matsuri.  I’m still no fan of the Noro staple, Kureyon, but evidently, I’m a sucker for their softer yarns.


Just look at it.  I am.  Heck, this post could have been done ten minutes ago if not for the pauses to admire and pet my new yarn luv.  There’s 220+ yards of self-striping softness there, yearning to become a shrug of some sort, I think.

That’s the Bamboucle I failed to photograph yesterday.  You needed to see it.  I mean, if I’m suddenly gahgah about a boucle, that’s worth a look, no?

I promised an FO too.  It’s a hat for Ann’s Sublynnmal Healing Campaign.  (Join us please, for some knitting that will truly make a difference.)

Pattern:  Delite Hat  

Changes:  Quite a few.  There’s an error in the fourth row of the lace pattern.  The K2 should be K2tog, I do believe.  I also opted to keep the twisted rib going through the decreases, even knitting the K2togs through the back loop.  Then, I feared I wouldn’t have enough yarn, and indeed, I would have been a few yards short, so I grabbed some of that nearly edible Malabrigo for a fun, bold pink stripe.  I like it, and I hope Lynn will too.

Comments:  While it’s such a cute hat that I’m having a hard time telling it buh-bye, I doubt very seriously if I’ll ever knit it again.  All that twisted rib made me crazy, and slowed me WAY down. 

Yarns:  Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (blue) and Malabrigo Chunky (pink stripe).  I will say that the knitting went faster with the wool, rather than the slightly fuzzy, slippery stuff.  I love both yarns, but it’s another lesson in fiber substitution.

Needles:  My new Knitpicks Harmony Options, size 6 tips, 40″ cord, so I could magic loop my way through the whole thing. 

Still with me?  I hope so, because the best is yet to come. 

Remember the little wager Anita and I had, to urge us both on with our wraps?  Well, I finished my clapotis first, so I was waiting to see what yarn she would send.  As usual, Anita outdid herself.  Look at that!  (Just scroll down for close-ups.)  There’s a lot more than a hank of great yarn there, but I know you want to see it all, so just keep going. 

I do have to note that Gypsy Knits was kind enough to include a special treat package for me too, as Anita had mentioned some of her purchase was a gift.  You know I love that kind of attention to detail and customer service…



First, the yarn, from Gypsy Knits.

It’s called Apple Valley, which is way cool, as I love apples, and my state has an apple blossom festival coming up soon.  The colors scream spring, and I’m looking forward to casting on. 

The bag is one of the best designs I’ve seen.  Check out the drawstring, the elastic loop to stay on your wrist if you choose to walk and knit, and a wee caribeaner so it can hook onto most anything.  It’s roomy enough for a medium lace project, and even for two socks at a time!  It’s also from Gypsy Knits, and I was CRUSHED this morning when I saw its twin on Anita’s blog, and couldn’t find another for me.  Sneaky, sneaky, and I love it!! 

Of course, being the thoughtful gal that she is, Anita dropped in a couple of her own cute clay stitch markers.  Here lately, I’ve been thinking Anita and I are like two peas in a pod, but she said she chose these because they’re sweet peas for sweet me.  Ha!!  It’s great to have friends getting to know me pretty well but who still think I’m sweet! 

I know this has been another long post, but I had so much to share!  Now, to Ravelry to find a few patterns for my new yarns so I can knit away during House.   The new episodes are a few weeks out yet, but that’s okay.  I’ll flip back and forth between House and the NCAA basketball finals.

23 comments on “Did I Do That?!

  1. anniebananie says:

    1. Gawd I love that color – it’s so rich and vibrant. And I understand about the car simply lurching it’s way to a yarn shop. Been there, done that – waaay too many times!

    2. That hat is fantastic! Although the twisted rib was a bear, it turned out beautifully. The detail on the crown is amazing. Lynn is going to love it.

    3. All of those goodies!!! You are a lucky lucky woman!

  2. crimsonpurl says:

    I knew you are mesmerized with House right now…but YAH!! @ your Taiyo! Don’t you just love it! I knew you would lean towards that colorway! ;op

    Enjoy knitting with it!!

  3. KM says:

    Wow…what fun. I love the chickens on your little bag. (did I ever mention to you that my kitchen is full of chickens and roosters?) I have to ask…do you like this draw string variety or the more square zipper style bag? I’ve been wanting to get my WIP’s organized.

  4. Anita says:

    Never been a fan of Noro Kureyon myself, too scratchy & it doesn’t felt to my satisfaction either…but man those colors are awesome! And you say this one is soft?

    And you are sweet, despite what you keep telling all of us we know better! 😛

  5. You sure are all about the yarn porn lately! I can’t wait to see what all that beautiful fiber becomes. Love the little bag, too.

  6. fireflynights says:

    So, what did you do to appease the WordPress gods so they would allow you to post photos? Maybe it’s because you blog in the daytime and I often do so at night, but this new WP dashboard only lets me upload photos when IT feels like it and tonight it must be asleep. It’s getting to be REALLY annoying.

  7. Grace says:

    Love love love your latest acquisitions, I have to check out those Noro Yarns, I haven’t had the opportunity before. My chicken knitting bag, doesn’t have all the little chickens, and someone else i know has one with a blue background so they must have made several versions of that fabric, its so much fun!!! Have a wonderful day!

  8. kseelass says:

    What prettu yarn p0rn. Cute bag and the stitch markers are darling.

  9. Kathy says:

    ooohhhh……the Noro and Happy Feet are very pretty. Funny how cars have a mind of their own. It must be GPS’s that do that…..LOL
    What fun for me to be a part of the secret. Enjoy all of your treasures. I can’t wait to see what you make with all of it.

  10. Anita says:

    I forgot to tell you…. I marched with my HS band in the Apple Blossom Festival one year! SNOL
    I know, I can hear everyone out there yelling “Geek!” 🙂

  11. Nichole says:

    Going… no, RUNNING to the Gypsy Knits site now…….

  12. AlisonH says:

    Knitters get to have too much fun…

  13. nymphchild says:

    I am still not knitting but I follow your knitting and spinning successes closely even then I am not sending you messages too often. Lately, I was busy getting my own art blog on wordpress up and running so I can name my own web page to customers. I also finished on another Dante and Hogwarts pic, started the fourth in the series. Yes, and tomorrow I will need to give a speech at the celebration of the 100th birthday of one of my customers where one of my bears will officially be welcomed – so, it’s just the usual turbulences that make up my life. 😉

  14. Dianne says:

    Love that bag! The fabric is super!

  15. Monica Silva says:

    Love the bright blue colors of the Noro yarn! What do you plan to knit with it?
    Have a great week 🙂

  16. Amy says:

    Love that hat! The colors are fantastic!

  17. Devon says:

    Love that hat – the colors looks so wonderfully spring. I do wish it would reach Boston. Look at all that lovely yarn. Love that Apple Valley and that bag is too cute.

  18. Nancy says:

    Wow, where do I start? That “good” Noro looks awesome. Can’t wait to see it in a project. Your delite looks nice too! I agree with the twisted rib…if I make another one (I’ve made 3 so far) I’d be tempted to do regular 1×1 rib. Your yarn and bag from Anita? Wonderful. I use my “go knit” similar bag often, when I’m out, not walking though, and it keeps the yarn neat and tidy for a WIP. Was particular helpful at the hair salon!

  19. JoAnn says:

    Tried my 40″size 6 Harmony needles last weekend to learn magic loop and the cord kept disconnecting from the metal end! VERY FRUSTRATING! All set to learn and it would not cooperate! Will send it back for a replacement!

  20. Natalie says:

    Wow…I love the Noro color!! The bad and yarn Anita sent is awesome…that should be motivating in itself.

    Hope you are having a great day….:)

  21. Vivian says:

    Your Noro pictures are simply stunning!!

  22. Cindy says:

    I love the chicken bag. Can you put me in touch with the person that made it to see if she can make me one?


  23. […] Chan: Here is a link to her hat. Her photography skills are much, much better than mine. I got to see the knitter of this […]

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