This Is My Kind Of Happy Hour

From The Needle Nerd:

2013

And definitely MY kind of olive!

Nerd has some neat and nerdy crochet patterns here, at her Etsy shop.

I am still working away on the last scarf to finish but have been a little sidetracked by my Concetta Cardi. It is looking good so far, I’m just finishing up the body decreases and should have a photo soon. The deep, blueberry shade doesn’t photograph well unfortunately but it is gorgeous in person.

I’m using the Addi Natura bamboo circualar to work this. I’m trying to find the “perfect” bamboo needle and this one is lovely. As I was knitting away last night – huge snowstorm, so a good time to cozy up with yarn – I found myself paying more attention to the needle. I knew I would like the cord, Addi has had that down pat for years, the joins are smooth – not a single snag or drag. I like the tips – they taper in a similar way to Addi’s Lace tips, a little less sharp of course. What I do find, is that the finish on these makes them very slick. They are more like an aluminium needle in action than a bamboo needle. This isn’t a bad thing per se but when I choose bamboo, I’m looking for a little of that integral “drag” for stitch control and better uniformity of stitches. I’m declaring these as keepers – Addis are always worth the cost (the shop wouldn’t take my firstborn, so save up if you can) but I think that my favourite are the Crystal Palace bamboo. The cord is a little stiffer but they make up for that with the ball-bearing join – best knitting needle enhancement ever – the tips are strong, sharp and smooth and the finish is more natural, a nice “hug” to the stitch but no drag, warm and lightweight in the hands.

Now, to find a “Lllama Daddy”

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Yarn Pr0n AND Book Pr0n

My Webs order:

Berocco Alpaca Fine and My Grandmother's Knitting

Can’t wait to start this project. The dark blueberry mix is for the vintage-style Concetta Cardigan by Ciriila Rose from the book, My Grandmother’s Knitting andย the turquoise blend is for Norah Gaughan’s “Jubilee” scarf.

I’ll be casting these on just as soon as SPNF #’s 4 and 5 are complete… probably tomorrow now that I have this incentive.

I’ve recently become a fan of WestKnits – how did I miss these designs? – as much for the fact that he’s a guy who knits – and that is rather rare but also because he brings a more masculine aesthetic to his designs – they actually look like something a dude would wear! This sweater, “Drangey“, by Stephen West, really caught my eye for the texture and simple and attractive colourwork and the saddle shoulders – very wearable. I’m thinking a deep charcoal fleck with red stripes would look great in this pattern.

And-d-d… this is how my stash grows!

Can Matching Jackets Be Far Behind?

Finished my scarf from the leftovers of My Beau’s scarf:

My Berocco Vintage Scarf

My Berocco Vintage Scarf

Finding these last two projects have really fired my crochet passion. And goosed my recurrent “Startitis”. I’ve one skein left to work up to complete SPNF #4 but I had to set it down to begin #5, which will be crocheted. I’ve found a shell-based pattern, somewhat similar in overall feel to my “Warrick” and really enjoying it. The stitch is easy to remember, flows well and – because its crochet – is flying off the hook.

Number 5 in WIP

Number 5 in WIP

I spent some time tonight transferring my 2010 gallery over here to WordPress. A few of the projects that I completed and remembered to photograph! Slow but sure, things become more organized.

One more day to the weekend folks – hopefully, my most recent Jimmy Beans order will be here and I can share a little Yarn Pr0n. The week is always better with just a little new fibre goodness.

Finished Objects And Book Pr0n

Had to charge up the camera battery! Here’s a finished photo of Scarf number three in my series and the beginning of number four.

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy III Finished

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy III Finished

This is in a periwinkle colour that I love, so a joy to knit. I’m using one of my own patterns, tweaking the stitch as I go and loving the result so far. Anxious to have these done and in the store. Anxious too, to get some of these older patterns written and formatted for sale. Seems an age since I had time, have been very busy with writing – my other favourite activity.

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy IV - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy IV – WIP

Book Pr0n! Almost as good as Yarn Pr0n. Interweave had a sale and I went a little mad, nice to see more publications about crochet coming out. I’m sure that just like knitting had a renaissance several years ago, as young designers discovered it; so will crochet. It does not aspire to be like knitting, it stands on its own and just needs the right combination of hook, yarn and good design principles to make something beautiful. The Finer Edge, Seamless Crochet, Unexpected Afghans and The Harmony Guides: Crochet Edgings and Trims, all look to be an excellent resource for my own designs. And because I DO knit more than crochet – The Jane Austen Knits magazine was irresistible, I think this is the third one. Some gorgeous knitting photography in this one, I could purchase just to look.

Interweave had a sale. Resistance was futile...

Interweave had a sale. Resistance was futile…

Last not least; another picture of my guy’s scarf. Shows the colours a bit better. It’s snowing here again, must finish the fringe so he can wear it!

My Guy's Scarf

My Guy’s Scarf

PSPRP is still very much under construction. Moving the old format (which was actually three separate blogs – thank goodness technology has evolved!) to WordPress is a time-consuming labour of love. I want to be sure all the old stuff is safely attached here. Bear with me as I add the galleries back and add new. I’m wanting to see the Reader Knits gallery get much bigger!

“Fibre Funnies” from the Blogger format, may again have its own page or will be viewable as a category. We fibre people have a great sense of humour ๐Ÿ™‚ I added a Jargon / Terminology page for those who may not be as familiar with fibre-y blogspeak and for the difference between American and Rest Of The World knitting terms.

Pop back from time to time to see what’s been added if you wish ๐Ÿ™‚