My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

A Kureyon Question

A question for you Kureyon veterans out there.

I’m well into the second skein of Kureyon on my bag. Much to my surprise, a new color appeared in the striping that wasn’t in the first ball. They are the same color, same dye lot.

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See the chatreuse stripe near the bottom? It doesn’t appear in the second skein. See the light blue stripe near the top? It doesn’t appear in the first skein.

What’s with that? Is this normal for Kureyon?

And I did notice that of the three skeins I have, they all start in different places in the striping sequence. Now with self-striping yarn for socks, I just pull out a few yards until the skeins match, but I can’t see doing that with Kureyon, as the striping sequence may be way off. And there’s only 110 yards per skein of Kureyon.

Is this supposed to be this way and are you to just ignore it and take whatever patterning it gives you? It doesn’t really matter for the bag, but I would think this would be annoying for a sweater.

Please enlighten this Kureyon virgin.

Mouse News

Mousies from Michele in Austin, TX (and thanks so much for the tea!) and mousies from Kim in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Thank you thank you!!

PiS Qs and As

Linda M. asked:

Are you going to use the velvet trim around the neck?

A very timely question, Linda, as I’ve just started pondering that. What I think I’m going to do is finish the neck with i-cord in the burgundy wool. It’ll sort of give the same look as the narrow velvet ribbon.

Karen asked:

Are the mustard yellow and red yarns on the bottom going to show once the sweater has been completed? They don’t seem to go with the rose/fuschia/green tones, at least to me …

Well, no, they don’t seem to go with the rest of the sweater, do they? But if you look at a photo of the completed design, it all works. At least I think so.

Other Q&A

Ruth D. asked:

I wonder what would you suggest for a first ARAN pattern? I am willing to learn charts – but – I don’t know what would be an easy first Aran.

If you have Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting book, I highly recommend Na Craga. The cables are relatively simple so the charts are easy to follow. And the resulting sweater is gorgrous. I’ve made three of them, one in Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted and two in no-name aran weight wool. All turned out lovely.

Suzanne asked:

Have you seen the rat on your way to work lately Wendy?

Eeek! Ratzilla! No, I haven’t seen him in a while, but the other day I heard some suspicious rustling in the bushes as I was walking past . . .

Cute Sweater!

I asked Jenny in Davis, CA if I could post a photo of an adorable baby sweater she has made and here it is:

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Jenny says:

The pattern is from Dale of Norway Dalegarn Baby Book #72 – it’s old, I think from 1995! Here is a link to the booklet on Velona needlecraft’s site (they are in California, i think).

Anyway: It was done on size 1 circular/dpns all in “baby ull”; the brown and green were not the same as the pattern called for but I substituted a close color for each from baby ull and it was fine (I don’t have the numbers unfortunately). It was a gift for a colleague who’s baby is due in 2 months. made in 6 month size, but beware, I think it’s way too big for a 6 month old even though my measurements and gauge were correct… hmmmmm….

Cute Lucy Story

Yesterday I had time to do a few rounds on my Booga Bag at lunchtime. As I was putting my knitting back in the bag afterwards, I saw that Lucy had put one of her toys in my bag.

All together now:

Awwwwwwwww!

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October Contest

Seems like it’s time for a contest. Watch this space Monday!

Speaking of Contests . . .

Ooh! Ooh! I won Rachael’s contest!

One More Thing

Thanks to M, of Hairball, who was the first to alert me to an article about knitting blogs in the Vogue Knitting Holiday edition. Gotta run out and get it this weekend!

Comments

  1. Wow, seeing your bag makes me want to grab yarn and needles and knit another one. They’re addictive, aren’t they?

    When I bought my Kureyon (# 52 to knit a cardi) I was told that the striping sequence is much longer that the 100 metres of one skein so there are never all colours of one colourway in every skein. And, I think the colours just look great together so I don’t care that the sleeves and shoulders of my cardi will be of different colour.

    Have a nice weekend, Susanne

  2. Wow, seeing your bag makes me want to grab yarn and needles and knit another one. They’re addictive, aren’t they?

    When I bought my Kureyon (# 52 to knit a cardi) I was told that the striping sequence is much longer that the 100 metres of one skein so there are never all colours of one colourway in every skein. And, I think the colours just look great together so I don’t care that the sleeves and shoulders of my cardi will be of different colour.

    Have a nice weekend, Susanne

  3. Wendy,

    I would check with Mare (Knitted Wings). She has done a lot of knitting with Noro and does interrupt skeins to maintain striping sequence.

    I made one sweater with Noro and had to do a little bit of manipulation but for the most part, I let the yarn do its thing.

  4. Wendy,

    I would check with Mare (Knitted Wings). She has done a lot of knitting with Noro and does interrupt skeins to maintain striping sequence.

    I made one sweater with Noro and had to do a little bit of manipulation but for the most part, I let the yarn do its thing.

  5. I ran into a slightly different experience with my kureyon bag. I used color #32, and it seemed like all the skeins had all the same colors…just in a completely different order. Again, same dye lot, although one of the skeins had a different type of label…

    I told my inner perfectionist to be quiet for a while and just go with it. That didn’t stop me from doing the straps before I was done with the bag so I could end the bag on the color stripe I wanted to. 🙂

  6. I ran into a slightly different experience with my kureyon bag. I used color #32, and it seemed like all the skeins had all the same colors…just in a completely different order. Again, same dye lot, although one of the skeins had a different type of label…

    I told my inner perfectionist to be quiet for a while and just go with it. That didn’t stop me from doing the straps before I was done with the bag so I could end the bag on the color stripe I wanted to. 🙂

  7. Ooh–a contest–how exciting! Can’t wait for Monday (wait–did I just say that?!).

    Thanks for sharing that photo of the baby sweater–it’s gorgeous!

    Your bag has inspired me to buy more yarn (gasp!) to do felted projects. Unfortunately, I’m a one-project-at-a-time kind of girl, though, so the fun cute bags will have to wait until I finish the monotonous sweater for my husband…hopefully the bags will motivate me to knit a little faster!

    The Lucy story was too cute–maybe next time you’ll open up the bag and find Lucy hiding in it! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    –Judy

  8. Ooh–a contest–how exciting! Can’t wait for Monday (wait–did I just say that?!).

    Thanks for sharing that photo of the baby sweater–it’s gorgeous!

    Your bag has inspired me to buy more yarn (gasp!) to do felted projects. Unfortunately, I’m a one-project-at-a-time kind of girl, though, so the fun cute bags will have to wait until I finish the monotonous sweater for my husband…hopefully the bags will motivate me to knit a little faster!

    The Lucy story was too cute–maybe next time you’ll open up the bag and find Lucy hiding in it! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    –Judy

  9. Thanks for the Na Craga recommendation, Wendy – I’m planning on making it for my husband out of Blackwater Abbey Bluestack – I can’t wait! Of course, now that I’ve seen the Booga J bag up close, I may just have to make one of those, too 😉

  10. Thanks for the Na Craga recommendation, Wendy – I’m planning on making it for my husband out of Blackwater Abbey Bluestack – I can’t wait! Of course, now that I’ve seen the Booga J bag up close, I may just have to make one of those, too 😉

  11. Jenny’s sweater is cute, now that I see that the top motif is a band of teddy bears. At first glance I thought they were alien faces! That couldn’t be. Then I figured they were tulips, which made more sense. Finally my eyes flipped the positive/negative spaces and saw the teddies.

  12. Jenny’s sweater is cute, now that I see that the top motif is a band of teddy bears. At first glance I thought they were alien faces! That couldn’t be. Then I figured they were tulips, which made more sense. Finally my eyes flipped the positive/negative spaces and saw the teddies.

  13. Ian just emailed me to say:

    “That sweater at the bottom of today’s blog – I can’t be the only one to see the pictures of Aliens in it…”

  14. Ian just emailed me to say:

    “That sweater at the bottom of today’s blog – I can’t be the only one to see the pictures of Aliens in it…”

  15. I’ve never had a new colour show up in kureyon, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I find balls wound in different directions stripe-wise, and no continuity of the stripe patterns.

    For me it’s hard to let the whole thing just flow. I tend to try to maintain the continuity of the stripe pattern when I can in a sweater. I just finished Rosedale and I have a bunch of teeny little balls I pulled to make it all match up.

  16. I’ve never had a new colour show up in kureyon, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I find balls wound in different directions stripe-wise, and no continuity of the stripe patterns.

    For me it’s hard to let the whole thing just flow. I tend to try to maintain the continuity of the stripe pattern when I can in a sweater. I just finished Rosedale and I have a bunch of teeny little balls I pulled to make it all match up.

  17. Hi Wendy!

    I bought 3 skeins of #52 to make a multidirectional scarf, and I found all sorts of new colours in the second skein as opposed to the first one. I’ve used three other Noro Kureyon colours before, and never encountered this before. I just ignored the variations, and knit on.

    And yes, you’re right that most skeins start in a different place on the striping colourway. Once again I chalked it up to “design element” and continued on my merry way.

  18. Hi Wendy!

    I bought 3 skeins of #52 to make a multidirectional scarf, and I found all sorts of new colours in the second skein as opposed to the first one. I’ve used three other Noro Kureyon colours before, and never encountered this before. I just ignored the variations, and knit on.

    And yes, you’re right that most skeins start in a different place on the striping colourway. Once again I chalked it up to “design element” and continued on my merry way.

  19. NaCraga is my first Aran, still in progress. I found it to be quite easy and really great for building confidence. 🙂
    And I found with my BoogaJ bag, my pattern was affected by which way I started the skein. I think it looks awesome. Good luck felting–I was not compeletely impressed with Kuryeon’s felting–too much visible stitch definition. But perhaps that was because I chose a lighter colorway.

  20. NaCraga is my first Aran, still in progress. I found it to be quite easy and really great for building confidence. 🙂
    And I found with my BoogaJ bag, my pattern was affected by which way I started the skein. I think it looks awesome. Good luck felting–I was not compeletely impressed with Kuryeon’s felting–too much visible stitch definition. But perhaps that was because I chose a lighter colorway.

  21. Hi Wendy,

    With the Kureyon, I always take time and try to get skeins that have the same colors started near the center, so if I have to pull some out to match colors, it’s not a lot. Sometimes you may have to go through quite a few skeins at the yarn shop to find ones that match up well, but it’s worth the extra time to me, because I hate running into striping problems mid – project.
    I have not as of yet had different colorways in different skeins.

  22. Hi Wendy,

    With the Kureyon, I always take time and try to get skeins that have the same colors started near the center, so if I have to pull some out to match colors, it’s not a lot. Sometimes you may have to go through quite a few skeins at the yarn shop to find ones that match up well, but it’s worth the extra time to me, because I hate running into striping problems mid – project.
    I have not as of yet had different colorways in different skeins.

  23. We’re all nanobots in the body of the universe.

  24. We’re all nanobots in the body of the universe.

  25. Selma in Woodstock says:

    Regarding the Kureyon, I just went through 10 balls of the stuff and found that none of them started at the same point in the color sequence. I did a lot of pulling out so as to match sleeve stripes. The yarn also seems to be wound willy-nilly in both directions, so some balls were pulled from the center and others from the outside. I did find that all my yarn balls contained the same sequence, with no new colors introduced. Maybe different color ways act differently? All in all, it really wasn’t as much of a PITA as it sounds.

  26. Selma in Woodstock says:

    Regarding the Kureyon, I just went through 10 balls of the stuff and found that none of them started at the same point in the color sequence. I did a lot of pulling out so as to match sleeve stripes. The yarn also seems to be wound willy-nilly in both directions, so some balls were pulled from the center and others from the outside. I did find that all my yarn balls contained the same sequence, with no new colors introduced. Maybe different color ways act differently? All in all, it really wasn’t as much of a PITA as it sounds.

  27. A question (or two): I was thinking about you last night as I was knitting on my St. Ciaran Starmore design. (I’ve only been knitting about a year and this is my first Aran project.)

    First Question: Have you ever knitted this design? (I didn’t see it on your gallery page, but I know you’ve been knitting longer than you’ve been blogging!)

    Second Question: You’ve said that you have a photographic memory and can often memorize the Aran patterns fairly quickly. Now, can you memorize them quickly because of the exceptional brain in your head, or is it something that just comes with experience, with learning how all the cables work together?

    Right now I’m beginning to think that you are a knitting goddess, as with the St. Ciaran I have to have my pattern with me at all times, each step of the way!

    Inquiring minds want to know…
    Jenny

  28. A question (or two): I was thinking about you last night as I was knitting on my St. Ciaran Starmore design. (I’ve only been knitting about a year and this is my first Aran project.)

    First Question: Have you ever knitted this design? (I didn’t see it on your gallery page, but I know you’ve been knitting longer than you’ve been blogging!)

    Second Question: You’ve said that you have a photographic memory and can often memorize the Aran patterns fairly quickly. Now, can you memorize them quickly because of the exceptional brain in your head, or is it something that just comes with experience, with learning how all the cables work together?

    Right now I’m beginning to think that you are a knitting goddess, as with the St. Ciaran I have to have my pattern with me at all times, each step of the way!

    Inquiring minds want to know…
    Jenny

  29. I’m also knitting Rosedale and did play with the skeins (wound, rewound, and/or split) so I could get a good contrast with the corrugated ribbing, and when attaching/matching a new skein. So I have some little balls that I may use elsewhere. I’m grateful that I bought extra yarn as I didn’t realize it would be different than the self-striping sock yarn.

  30. I’m also knitting Rosedale and did play with the skeins (wound, rewound, and/or split) so I could get a good contrast with the corrugated ribbing, and when attaching/matching a new skein. So I have some little balls that I may use elsewhere. I’m grateful that I bought extra yarn as I didn’t realize it would be different than the self-striping sock yarn.

  31. I haven’t run across different colors in the same dyelot for Kureyon, but I wouldn’t be surprised. This stuff is kind of weird. I like knitting with it, but it sure is a different experinece, isn’t it? I did run across the problem of each skein starting at a different point it the color sequence, but since it seems to get through the sequence 1 1/2 in a skein, I guess that will happen. Being ridiculously anal about these things, I did indeed pull out (actually I wound on my ball winder) the extra until I got to the color I needed. I used the “extra” bits for the handles. Crazy stuff. Don’t think I could make anything larger than a little bag with Kureyon, it might make me crazy!

  32. I haven’t run across different colors in the same dyelot for Kureyon, but I wouldn’t be surprised. This stuff is kind of weird. I like knitting with it, but it sure is a different experinece, isn’t it? I did run across the problem of each skein starting at a different point it the color sequence, but since it seems to get through the sequence 1 1/2 in a skein, I guess that will happen. Being ridiculously anal about these things, I did indeed pull out (actually I wound on my ball winder) the extra until I got to the color I needed. I used the “extra” bits for the handles. Crazy stuff. Don’t think I could make anything larger than a little bag with Kureyon, it might make me crazy!

  33. I’m still laughing over “Kureyon my wayward son”. Long live the seventies!!

  34. I’m still laughing over “Kureyon my wayward son”. Long live the seventies!!

  35. Cheryl F. says:

    Wendy,
    Lucy is just a cutie! We discovered that our hulking brute, Mr. Bigglesworth is reduced to whines and pathetic looks when we blow bubbles at him (we got a wedding favor of bubbles). He will jump up and smack them between his front paws, go after them on the floor and try to eat them!
    I bet Lucy would have a ball, too!
    As for Kureyon, I tried some making a modular hat (was in Knitter’s)–the color changes weren’t a problem (probably because of the modular stuff), but I really got annoyed with the amount of vegetable matter in the skein. Don’t like knittin’ with sticks and twigs (IN my yarn!)
    Have a great LONG weekend, and hope your workload lets up!

    Cheryl in AL

  36. Cheryl F. says:

    Wendy,
    Lucy is just a cutie! We discovered that our hulking brute, Mr. Bigglesworth is reduced to whines and pathetic looks when we blow bubbles at him (we got a wedding favor of bubbles). He will jump up and smack them between his front paws, go after them on the floor and try to eat them!
    I bet Lucy would have a ball, too!
    As for Kureyon, I tried some making a modular hat (was in Knitter’s)–the color changes weren’t a problem (probably because of the modular stuff), but I really got annoyed with the amount of vegetable matter in the skein. Don’t like knittin’ with sticks and twigs (IN my yarn!)
    Have a great LONG weekend, and hope your workload lets up!

    Cheryl in AL

  37. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Oh my gosh you guys! the teddy bears DO look like alien faces… ha ha ha. I cannot stop laughing. I didn’t mention the sweater is for Agent Scully’s baby… woo hoo.

    I swear on the real thing they look like teddy bears… ah, I’m still laughing….

    thanks for posting it, Wendy!

  38. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Oh my gosh you guys! the teddy bears DO look like alien faces… ha ha ha. I cannot stop laughing. I didn’t mention the sweater is for Agent Scully’s baby… woo hoo.

    I swear on the real thing they look like teddy bears… ah, I’m still laughing….

    thanks for posting it, Wendy!

  39. I’m still tittering that your leaf cardi is boring you to tears. Any time I did anything other than concentrate totally on knitting that beauty I’d make a mistake and have to rip back.

    It was the most difficult thing I’d ever knit! Well worth it (my mom still calls to thank me every time she wears it) but, MAN!

    You’re a freak and I love you for it.

  40. I’m still tittering that your leaf cardi is boring you to tears. Any time I did anything other than concentrate totally on knitting that beauty I’d make a mistake and have to rip back.

    It was the most difficult thing I’d ever knit! Well worth it (my mom still calls to thank me every time she wears it) but, MAN!

    You’re a freak and I love you for it.

  41. Great tatoo, Wendy. Where do you have it? I have a tatoo of a sunburst on my ass that I have to enter into the contest. After seeing Shawn,though, I might have to get another one.

  42. Great tatoo, Wendy. Where do you have it? I have a tatoo of a sunburst on my ass that I have to enter into the contest. After seeing Shawn,though, I might have to get another one.

  43. LOL…they *DO* look like aliens! Oh how funny 🙂

    I’ve used Kureyon for a few projects and, yes, it’s a PITA to get the colorways to match up between skeins. I just let it go and kept knitting rather than trying to match up. It was too frustrating. Over-all the subtle differences in the striping wasn’t all that bad. It looked like I had purposely used irregular row spacing between colors. I guess I lucked out in that regard. I was using color #42.

    I agree with the comment Cheryl made about vegetable matter in Kureyon. I have never come across so many sticks, burrs & hay in my yarn that with Kureyon. I was using Oimichan (another Noro yarn) and found some “organic” matter in it. Ewwwwwww!

  44. LOL…they *DO* look like aliens! Oh how funny 🙂

    I’ve used Kureyon for a few projects and, yes, it’s a PITA to get the colorways to match up between skeins. I just let it go and kept knitting rather than trying to match up. It was too frustrating. Over-all the subtle differences in the striping wasn’t all that bad. It looked like I had purposely used irregular row spacing between colors. I guess I lucked out in that regard. I was using color #42.

    I agree with the comment Cheryl made about vegetable matter in Kureyon. I have never come across so many sticks, burrs & hay in my yarn that with Kureyon. I was using Oimichan (another Noro yarn) and found some “organic” matter in it. Ewwwwwww!

  45. I made 2 vests with Kureyon for Christmas presents last year. One vest, all 8 skeins were within a yard of each other in the color sequence at the start of the ball. The second project was a completely different story. Like Steph, I have a bag full of partial balls where I would off on my ballwinder until I got to the right color repeat. This was not nice, since the colorway I used had some colors that seem to appeare twice in the sequence, and I had to make sure that I was on the right part of the repeat. These balls ranged from a few yards to about 50% of the skein. Fortunately, I was able to reuse one of the smaller balls when I separated for the V neck.

  46. I made 2 vests with Kureyon for Christmas presents last year. One vest, all 8 skeins were within a yard of each other in the color sequence at the start of the ball. The second project was a completely different story. Like Steph, I have a bag full of partial balls where I would off on my ballwinder until I got to the right color repeat. This was not nice, since the colorway I used had some colors that seem to appeare twice in the sequence, and I had to make sure that I was on the right part of the repeat. These balls ranged from a few yards to about 50% of the skein. Fortunately, I was able to reuse one of the smaller balls when I separated for the V neck.

  47. Don’t have time right now to read comments before mine but I wanted to say that your bag looks exactly like mine…chartreuse stripe and all. Freaky, huh?

    I posted today about the Vogue Knit Blog article…

  48. Don’t have time right now to read comments before mine but I wanted to say that your bag looks exactly like mine…chartreuse stripe and all. Freaky, huh?

    I posted today about the Vogue Knit Blog article…

  49. I just made Fuzzy Feet from Knitty out of Noro Kureyon #87, same dye lot (G), and was really worried when I started the second slipper… all of a sudden I had a good 5 inches knit up of purples that weren’t in the first shoe. I’d found a knot in the first ball, and decided that for whatever reason that segment of the colorway got spliced out, but since it was for houseshoes, I wasn’t too worried about it. If it had been for a sweater I probably would have been pretty cranky though. Weird that you managed to get whole new colors without knots in the other balls though.

  50. I just made Fuzzy Feet from Knitty out of Noro Kureyon #87, same dye lot (G), and was really worried when I started the second slipper… all of a sudden I had a good 5 inches knit up of purples that weren’t in the first shoe. I’d found a knot in the first ball, and decided that for whatever reason that segment of the colorway got spliced out, but since it was for houseshoes, I wasn’t too worried about it. If it had been for a sweater I probably would have been pretty cranky though. Weird that you managed to get whole new colors without knots in the other balls though.

  51. I’ve used a lot of Kuryon in about 6 or 7 different colorways and what I’ve discovered is some colors have a striping sequence that seems to be about the same length as the skein length. In those colors you get a full repeat, with no suprises in each ball.

    In other colorways the striping sequence is much longer than the skein and then you get surprises!

    To tell the difference, look at both ends of the skein. Those that begin and end with the same color will often have a full striping sequence, those colorways that begin and end with different colors will have surprises.

  52. I’ve used a lot of Kuryon in about 6 or 7 different colorways and what I’ve discovered is some colors have a striping sequence that seems to be about the same length as the skein length. In those colors you get a full repeat, with no suprises in each ball.

    In other colorways the striping sequence is much longer than the skein and then you get surprises!

    To tell the difference, look at both ends of the skein. Those that begin and end with the same color will often have a full striping sequence, those colorways that begin and end with different colors will have surprises.

  53. I’m using color 89 for my double sized bag and have found tons of bits of straw and twigs in the yarn along with one knot in each of the two skeins I have used so far. Rather annoying but I try to make sure that the knots are on the inside of the bag.

    I’m going to be looking for a zippered pillow case to felt it in. Where all have you found them?

    After making this big bag, I might make some as gifts alone with smaller bags but… what other brand of yarn felts well if I decide to make some solid color small bags?

  54. I’m using color 89 for my double sized bag and have found tons of bits of straw and twigs in the yarn along with one knot in each of the two skeins I have used so far. Rather annoying but I try to make sure that the knots are on the inside of the bag.

    I’m going to be looking for a zippered pillow case to felt it in. Where all have you found them?

    After making this big bag, I might make some as gifts alone with smaller bags but… what other brand of yarn felts well if I decide to make some solid color small bags?

  55. Kureyon is a beautiful thing!!! no two balls are completely the same and as for the “pattern” … you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to make it perfect. Kureyon needs to be left alone and just knit knit knit … let the Kureyon make the final product look much more artist than if you used a perfectly patterned yarn 🙂 See my Kureyon jacket … in the gallery on my site … I just started ball after ball and it looks just awesome 🙂
    Loving your PIs sweater! the colors are so different! very very nice 🙂

  56. Kureyon is a beautiful thing!!! no two balls are completely the same and as for the “pattern” … you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to make it perfect. Kureyon needs to be left alone and just knit knit knit … let the Kureyon make the final product look much more artist than if you used a perfectly patterned yarn 🙂 See my Kureyon jacket … in the gallery on my site … I just started ball after ball and it looks just awesome 🙂
    Loving your PIs sweater! the colors are so different! very very nice 🙂

  57. I’ve had good luck felting Plymouth Galway and Lamb’s Pride. The Galway felts quickly and creates an almost smooth surface with very little fuzz. The Lamb’s Pride has mohair in it which makes a very fuzzy surface. I like them both, but for different effects.

  58. I’ve had good luck felting Plymouth Galway and Lamb’s Pride. The Galway felts quickly and creates an almost smooth surface with very little fuzz. The Lamb’s Pride has mohair in it which makes a very fuzzy surface. I like them both, but for different effects.

  59. Karen Heinig says:

    My Silk Garden seems to do the same thing–each ball is somewhat different. I’m trying not to be too anal about it. (I’m making a scarf), but I’ll admit, I did scroll through the ball everytime I started a new one, to find a *similar* color so that it wouldn’t be terribly obvious I had jumped from one color to the next. Your bag looks great.

  60. Karen Heinig says:

    My Silk Garden seems to do the same thing–each ball is somewhat different. I’m trying not to be too anal about it. (I’m making a scarf), but I’ll admit, I did scroll through the ball everytime I started a new one, to find a *similar* color so that it wouldn’t be terribly obvious I had jumped from one color to the next. Your bag looks great.

  61. Re: Kureyon. I’m in the camp of not trying to match the color sequence. However, I do try to match the value of the color I’m ending to the value of the color I’m starting in the new ball, and to some degree I care if the colors look like they flow. But I don’t worry about whether any overall stripe sequence is maintained. (And I’m also okay with fraternal socks out of self-striping ystn, even though I’m a Virgo. Go figure!)

    I’ve used probably a dozen Kureyon colorways to make felted somethings (mostly bags), and so far have had only one case where there was a color in one ball that didn’t show up in other(s). I’d have to look back at my meager notes to see if it might be the same one you’re working on, Wendy. Sorry — don’t have as good a memory, or as good a brain, as you do!

    Just bought some Silk Garden for the first time. (Not to felt.) I’m hoping that there are fewer twigs and bits of hay in that. I get enough vm-picking when I spin!

    Still the Noro colors are seductive…

    Anyone tried to replicate the feel of their yarns with their own spinning/dyeing?

  62. Re: Kureyon. I’m in the camp of not trying to match the color sequence. However, I do try to match the value of the color I’m ending to the value of the color I’m starting in the new ball, and to some degree I care if the colors look like they flow. But I don’t worry about whether any overall stripe sequence is maintained. (And I’m also okay with fraternal socks out of self-striping ystn, even though I’m a Virgo. Go figure!)

    I’ve used probably a dozen Kureyon colorways to make felted somethings (mostly bags), and so far have had only one case where there was a color in one ball that didn’t show up in other(s). I’d have to look back at my meager notes to see if it might be the same one you’re working on, Wendy. Sorry — don’t have as good a memory, or as good a brain, as you do!

    Just bought some Silk Garden for the first time. (Not to felt.) I’m hoping that there are fewer twigs and bits of hay in that. I get enough vm-picking when I spin!

    Still the Noro colors are seductive…

    Anyone tried to replicate the feel of their yarns with their own spinning/dyeing?

  63. Morning Wendy! Just adding my 2c’s worth.

    I am a Noro freak, and love using a lot of their yarns. Silk Garden is my fav, followed by Kureyon and Himaraya. I haven’t tried Cash Iroha yet, but I’m sure it will become a fav as well.

    I have a love/hate thing for Kureyon. Love the colours, and love the feel. What I don’t like is the thick / thin it does and all the ‘bits’ I have to pick out.

    Because it does go thick/thin, the yardage can REALLY vary between balls, and this is one reason why some balls get those extra colours in them!

    I think there are supposed to be 12 – 13 colours in the striping sequence. That’s what Silk Garden has, anyway. The problem is some balls you only get 11 colours coming out on them! And ya, they can start ramdomly in the pattern of colours, which is a pain if trying to keep a pattern going!

    I mostly make hats from Noro, so normally only need one ball. I don’t mind it not being consistant between balls – it just makes each hat unique!

    For Amy
    Yes, Silk Garden normally has less bits than Kureyon (at least that’s what I’ve found). It also tends to be more consistent in the spinning – less thick/thin. And it’s a soft spun 2 ply, rather than the single that Kureyon is. All in all, it is one YUMMY yarn.

    Happy knitting there Wendy! That Noro bag looks great! Next time, maybe try out some of the new Shinano – I bet that would look really nice felted!
    Danny

  64. Morning Wendy! Just adding my 2c’s worth.

    I am a Noro freak, and love using a lot of their yarns. Silk Garden is my fav, followed by Kureyon and Himaraya. I haven’t tried Cash Iroha yet, but I’m sure it will become a fav as well.

    I have a love/hate thing for Kureyon. Love the colours, and love the feel. What I don’t like is the thick / thin it does and all the ‘bits’ I have to pick out.

    Because it does go thick/thin, the yardage can REALLY vary between balls, and this is one reason why some balls get those extra colours in them!

    I think there are supposed to be 12 – 13 colours in the striping sequence. That’s what Silk Garden has, anyway. The problem is some balls you only get 11 colours coming out on them! And ya, they can start ramdomly in the pattern of colours, which is a pain if trying to keep a pattern going!

    I mostly make hats from Noro, so normally only need one ball. I don’t mind it not being consistant between balls – it just makes each hat unique!

    For Amy
    Yes, Silk Garden normally has less bits than Kureyon (at least that’s what I’ve found). It also tends to be more consistent in the spinning – less thick/thin. And it’s a soft spun 2 ply, rather than the single that Kureyon is. All in all, it is one YUMMY yarn.

    Happy knitting there Wendy! That Noro bag looks great! Next time, maybe try out some of the new Shinano – I bet that would look really nice felted!
    Danny

  65. I am with Carissa… Noro yarns I think are supposed to be this way. Eisako is an artist and it’s part of his art. I consider it a pleasant suprise when I see a new flash of color in the design element. I never got twigs and stuff in any of the Noro yarn I have had though… perhaps it’s an organic, nature thing with Eisako.

    I do like to be matchy, matchy when it comes to socks (at least the jacquard and fair isle stripes), but then again, I actually reversed a Regia ringle striping for a pair I made for the Diva and it’s the one I get the most compliments on!

    How much longer do you think you will allow for the mouse-athon? I have one more package to send you (still waiting for more mousies, but I don’t want to wait too long).

  66. I am with Carissa… Noro yarns I think are supposed to be this way. Eisako is an artist and it’s part of his art. I consider it a pleasant suprise when I see a new flash of color in the design element. I never got twigs and stuff in any of the Noro yarn I have had though… perhaps it’s an organic, nature thing with Eisako.

    I do like to be matchy, matchy when it comes to socks (at least the jacquard and fair isle stripes), but then again, I actually reversed a Regia ringle striping for a pair I made for the Diva and it’s the one I get the most compliments on!

    How much longer do you think you will allow for the mouse-athon? I have one more package to send you (still waiting for more mousies, but I don’t want to wait too long).

  67. I love Jenny’s baby sweater – what a beautiful colour combination. Lucy is a real cutie and much more photogenic than my little cat Pushkin. How do you get her to stay still????

  68. I love Jenny’s baby sweater – what a beautiful colour combination. Lucy is a real cutie and much more photogenic than my little cat Pushkin. How do you get her to stay still????

  69. As if you need more Kureyon comments…

    Kureyon is one of my favorite yarns in the world and like I told you before, I did my Booga Bag in the very same colorway. The chartreuse you mention IS part of the colorway, but as many have said, the balls of yarn are wound fairly randomly, so you will have to pull until you get to the right color to start with when changing balls, if you choose to do so. Once you knit one ball, you can generally see the order of colors and know what should come next. But, since the yarn is supposed to be artistic, the length of each color might vary a little and who knows – maybe someone in the factory screws up a skein and leaves out a section every now and then!

    You’ll find this with several of their yarns, including Silk Garden, Oimochan Multi, and Implession. I actually bought twice as much of Noro’s Implession than I needed for the express purpose of “editing out” some of the colorway I didn’t like cause I liked the rest so much & sold the rest on eBay! But, it is possible to match up fairly well – see my Oimochan sleeveless when I blocked it up…http://home.earthlink.net/%7Eremycat/images/oimoshell-blocked.jpg.

    So, it can be done, it all depends on what you want in the end! As for finding sticks and stuff – I find hay in the skeins as I’m knitting along sometimes (never something ‘unpleasant’ – could have just been some grasses that got dyed…I hope…), but I find that in other brand’s wool also. I kind of enjoy the reinforcement that I’m using such a natural fiber. 🙂

    Deenz/Eklectika!

  70. As if you need more Kureyon comments…

    Kureyon is one of my favorite yarns in the world and like I told you before, I did my Booga Bag in the very same colorway. The chartreuse you mention IS part of the colorway, but as many have said, the balls of yarn are wound fairly randomly, so you will have to pull until you get to the right color to start with when changing balls, if you choose to do so. Once you knit one ball, you can generally see the order of colors and know what should come next. But, since the yarn is supposed to be artistic, the length of each color might vary a little and who knows – maybe someone in the factory screws up a skein and leaves out a section every now and then!

    You’ll find this with several of their yarns, including Silk Garden, Oimochan Multi, and Implession. I actually bought twice as much of Noro’s Implession than I needed for the express purpose of “editing out” some of the colorway I didn’t like cause I liked the rest so much & sold the rest on eBay! But, it is possible to match up fairly well – see my Oimochan sleeveless when I blocked it up…http://home.earthlink.net/%7Eremycat/images/oimoshell-blocked.jpg.

    So, it can be done, it all depends on what you want in the end! As for finding sticks and stuff – I find hay in the skeins as I’m knitting along sometimes (never something ‘unpleasant’ – could have just been some grasses that got dyed…I hope…), but I find that in other brand’s wool also. I kind of enjoy the reinforcement that I’m using such a natural fiber. 🙂

    Deenz/Eklectika!

  71. Argh – sorry my bad on the link – should be http://home.earthlink.net/~remycat/images/oimoshell-blocked.jpg – now you can see the blocked up oimochan in all it’s matching stripey glory!

    Deenz/Eklectika!

  72. Argh – sorry my bad on the link – should be http://home.earthlink.net/~remycat/images/oimoshell-blocked.jpg – now you can see the blocked up oimochan in all it’s matching stripey glory!

    Deenz/Eklectika!

  73. Hi Wendy! I think your bag looks great — I have no problem with a random color here and there. As for organic matter in yarns, I’ve come to take it for granted. Lopi was one of the first yarns I used a lot of, and it was full of grassy bits. I just figured it proved the stuff came from real sheep! Philosopher’s Wool is also full of bits, and their yarn is “minimally processed” so it makes some sense.

    Cute tattoo, by the way. I saw a woman at Stitches (a vendor, I believe) who had an incredible tattoo (one color) of two hands knitting right at the top center of her back. I was really bummed that I hadn’t brought my camera.

    Have a great weekend!

  74. Hi Wendy! I think your bag looks great — I have no problem with a random color here and there. As for organic matter in yarns, I’ve come to take it for granted. Lopi was one of the first yarns I used a lot of, and it was full of grassy bits. I just figured it proved the stuff came from real sheep! Philosopher’s Wool is also full of bits, and their yarn is “minimally processed” so it makes some sense.

    Cute tattoo, by the way. I saw a woman at Stitches (a vendor, I believe) who had an incredible tattoo (one color) of two hands knitting right at the top center of her back. I was really bummed that I hadn’t brought my camera.

    Have a great weekend!

  75. Hi Wendy.

    I had the same problem with Kureyon #52 when knitting a multidirectional scarf. Since the chartreuse color occurred only once, I ending up buying another ball so that the color could appear twice in the scarf. To me it looked like it didn’t belong when it only occurred once. Love the colors though, and the yarn is sure fun to knit with.

  76. Hi Wendy.

    I had the same problem with Kureyon #52 when knitting a multidirectional scarf. Since the chartreuse color occurred only once, I ending up buying another ball so that the color could appear twice in the scarf. To me it looked like it didn’t belong when it only occurred once. Love the colors though, and the yarn is sure fun to knit with.

  77. Jo in Boston says:

    Jan–you can find zippered pillowcases at a department store. They’re meant for keeping the feathers in feather pillows so tell the counter person that’s what you’re looking for.
    I actually like finding grass and straw in yarn–makes it seem closer to the sheep it came from but I admit to being weird.

  78. Jo in Boston says:

    Jan–you can find zippered pillowcases at a department store. They’re meant for keeping the feathers in feather pillows so tell the counter person that’s what you’re looking for.
    I actually like finding grass and straw in yarn–makes it seem closer to the sheep it came from but I admit to being weird.

  79. There’ll be peace when you are done…
    Lay your weary head to rest,
    Don’t you cry no more. NO!

    ~~~~~
    Oh man, I’m going to be singing this song all night now. 😉

  80. There’ll be peace when you are done…
    Lay your weary head to rest,
    Don’t you cry no more. NO!

    ~~~~~
    Oh man, I’m going to be singing this song all night now. 😉

  81. Jen in orange says:

    i like the alien sweater 🙂

    and yes, velona is in beautiful anaheim hills, california! it’s the BEST LYS EVER!! Most LYS’s have nice neat racks o’yarn. Velona is just piles and piles and piles o’yarn. beautiful stuff, maynard!

  82. Jen in orange says:

    i like the alien sweater 🙂

    and yes, velona is in beautiful anaheim hills, california! it’s the BEST LYS EVER!! Most LYS’s have nice neat racks o’yarn. Velona is just piles and piles and piles o’yarn. beautiful stuff, maynard!

  83. Wendy- Got a question for you…Your work is so beautiful and amazing. I wondered if you have been aware of the discussion on some of the blogs about art and creativity. Do you consider your knitting to be art? Or is it more a skill, hobby or craft? I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Personally, I would consider you an artist, I wonder if you consider yourself an artist.

  84. Wendy- Got a question for you…Your work is so beautiful and amazing. I wondered if you have been aware of the discussion on some of the blogs about art and creativity. Do you consider your knitting to be art? Or is it more a skill, hobby or craft? I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Personally, I would consider you an artist, I wonder if you consider yourself an artist.

  85. Oh Wendy, Lucy just wanted to make sure you were thinking about her while at work! Probably a little hint too that a little treat would be nice………..
    P.S. Teakie and Soonie (my Meezers) send kitty hugs to Miss Lucy!!

  86. Oh Wendy, Lucy just wanted to make sure you were thinking about her while at work! Probably a little hint too that a little treat would be nice………..
    P.S. Teakie and Soonie (my Meezers) send kitty hugs to Miss Lucy!!

  87. you are a terrible influence, Wendy, even tho you are a kureyon virgin! since I have an inordinant amount of the stuff, I pulled out 3 skeins of #51, and will be making the ultimate nyc booga bag.
    as far as the nonsequential striping, I consider it part of the exotic beauty of the yarn!
    now … how do I attach pix of the 3 skeins to show up here?
    from jpg virgin in nyc

  88. you are a terrible influence, Wendy, even tho you are a kureyon virgin! since I have an inordinant amount of the stuff, I pulled out 3 skeins of #51, and will be making the ultimate nyc booga bag.
    as far as the nonsequential striping, I consider it part of the exotic beauty of the yarn!
    now … how do I attach pix of the 3 skeins to show up here?
    from jpg virgin in nyc

  89. Noro yarns are “art yarns” and as such the serendipity in coloration is part of the whole concept! When I start working in Silk Garden it is always a surprize and a nice respite from the drive for accuracy and control in fair isle.

  90. Noro yarns are “art yarns” and as such the serendipity in coloration is part of the whole concept! When I start working in Silk Garden it is always a surprize and a nice respite from the drive for accuracy and control in fair isle.

  91. Noro tip for the day: Thoroughly examine your yarn before purchasing. Not so much the entire skein, but the beginning and end of the yarn. Find two skeins where the beginning or end color matches the beginning or end color of the second skein. Knit ’til you run out, join matching colors, and continue knitting. This way you have one really long thread of yarn, colors blending the way goddess intended. 🙂

  92. Noro tip for the day: Thoroughly examine your yarn before purchasing. Not so much the entire skein, but the beginning and end of the yarn. Find two skeins where the beginning or end color matches the beginning or end color of the second skein. Knit ’til you run out, join matching colors, and continue knitting. This way you have one really long thread of yarn, colors blending the way goddess intended. 🙂