My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Blend

Did you know that Wollmeise has a new yarn?

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It’s called “Blend” and it is a 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon (Polyamide) blend. Each 150-gram skein is 546 yards of pure pleasure. Here are the skeins those labels came off:

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And here is the start of what I am doing with them:

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This pattern is “At Dawn” by Joji Locatelli. I’m actually more than halfway done with it:

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The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and Wollmeise Blend is listed in Ravelry as sportweight. I would call it a light sportweight, though, like halfway between fingering and sport. I did do a gauge swatch for the piece, starting with a 3.25mm needle, what I usually use for one of these garter stitch wraps. The fabric I got was a little on the firm side, so I went up to a 3.5mm (U.S. size 4) needle and am happy with the results.

I purchased my Wollmeise Blend yarn directly from the Wollmeise online store, by the way.

It’s possible that I am a little obsessed with garter stitch wraps right now.

Loki thinks there is nothing nicer than a nap while Momma knits.

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In other news, here is a pumpkin hat my new knitter just made for a friend’s baby:

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She completed this in under a week. I am so proud of her!

Strandwanderer

My Strandwanderer is complete.

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As I’ve already said, this was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever made, and a great use for a skein of variegated Wollmeise.

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I had 2.9 grams left over from my skein.

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I did 16 stripes, which I think is smaller than the designer said she did on hers, but I used a larger needle.

I purled backwards on the short rows — got lots of practice doing that so I’m a pro at it now! icon biggrin Strandwanderer

Finished size: 80” long along the top straight edge, and 13” deep at its deepest point.

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Now I’m trying to get Loki to relax.

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Low-Stress Knitting

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Sometimes I really enjoy a high-stress knit: a complex colorwork or heavily cabled design. And sometimes a low-stress project is exactly what I need. Strandwanderer is to me the definition of a low-stress knit. It is so much fun to knit, and there is almost no counting or memorizing required. It is never boring because […]

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Backwards

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Here is what I am knitting with the skein of Wollmeise “Pure” I pictured in my last blog post: This is Strandwanderer, a pattern designed by Lea Viktoria, and it is, in my opinion, the best use for a skein of Wollmeise that I have ever seen. I think it is brilliant, and I don’t […]

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Pour Moi Cardigan Completed

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I finished the second sleeve on Monday and put this baby together last night. I used Wollmeise DK in the Stella Polaris colorway and a U.S. size 5 needle. The pattern is pour moi, by Lori Versaci. If you are interested in knitting this lovely cardi, by the way, Lori is hosting a friendly informal […]

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