There was some particularly good information posted in the comments to yesterday’s post. Most of it in answer to the question: “What’s a good dk weight wool for cabling?”
A synopsis of some of the suggested dk weight yarns:
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool — 65% wool, 35% silk. 192 yards/50g ball. Gauge is 5.5 sts/in on size 6 needles
Black Water Abbey yarn — 220 yards per 4oz. skein, 2-ply worsted weight wool yarn, 4-5.5 stitches/inch
Knitpicks Merino Style — 100% Merino Wool, 123 yards/50 gram ball, 5.5 sts=1″ on #5 needles
Filatura Di Crosa Zara — 100% wool, 136.5 yards/50g skein, 23 stitches over 4 inches using stocking stitch and US 4 – 5 needles
Gems Merino Opal — 100% Merino Wool, 225 yards/100 gram skein, 5 – 6 stitches per inch on US needle size 3 – 5
Debbie Bliss Merino DK — 100% Merino Wool, 122 yards/50 gram skein, 22 stitches to 4 inches on US needle size 6
Jaggerspun Zephyr DK — 50% Wool/50% silk, 5 – 5.5 stitches per inch on sz 5 or 6, 1120 yards per pound
Shelridge Soft Touch DK — 100% wool, 22-24 stitches over 4 inches using stocking stitch and 4 mm (US6) needles, 100 g/250 m skeins
RYC Cashsoft DK — 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfibre, 10% cashmere, 142yds/50g ball, 22 sts/4inches on US 6
Chester Farms 3 ply — 100% wool, 290 yds/4 oz. skein, 5.5 sts/inch on US 6
Lily Chin Gramercy — 100% wool, 127 yds/50g, 22 stitches/4 inches on US 6
Jaeger DK yarns — you can check out the specs for Jaeger’s DK yarns on The Knitting Garden website.
Jo Sharp DK wools (check out the specs for the different yarns on the website)
Thanks to everyone who offered a suggestion!
Out-of-Print Knitting Books
I ached a little when I read this comment from Jane in PA:
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!!
I have absolutely fallen in love with the St. Brigid sweater! I never expected to knit an aran sweater (socks and quick projects are more my style) but now I CRAVE that sweater.
I immediately Googled the book title and…
JUST ABOUT CHOKED! There’s one on Biblio.com (out of print bookseller) for over $600!!! Amazon has one for – a real bargain! – $463.94.
There are three on ebay, for a good bit less, but who knows what they’ll be when the bidding ends.
Alas, my love will remain unrequited at those rates.
Kristin posted this comment a little while later:
To Jane in PA who was lamenting the price of Aran Knitting: your local library can be your best friend! Most libraries have an online search, look for Aran Knitting. You can check out the book and knit the sweater. That’s what I had to do with Pacific Coast Highway. Can’t find a copy for under $300. So, when I want to make anything from it, I check it out from the library. You usually get it for 2 months and can extend your use until you’re finished for a whole whopping 50 cents
Excellent suggestion! I hope your library can get it for you, Jane.
I’ve been a fan of Starmore designs since the early days, so I bought her books as they were published. Who knew back then that I’d be able to sell them and retire on the proceeds of the sale?
Not that I’d ever actually sell any of them.
Hot and Cold
We got a couple of inches of snow last night, and is my habit when the streets are snowy, I leave extra early in case of delays. So I hit the office at 5:45am. (Sick isn’t it?) When I opened the office door, a blast of hot air greeted me. I checked the thermometer on my desk. 84.5 degrees.
The office suite has central heat that we can’t control, plus radiators under the windows that the office inhabitants can turn on and off. Some moron had turned all the radiators on full blast and left them on overnight.
The good news is that we are moving out of this temporary location into our own suite because the renovation is complete. They were moving the computer equipment this afternoon and all our boxes o’ stuff are supposed to be moved in the morning. Yee-haw! Our office is on the chilly side, and I love it. I might actually be able to wear a wool sweater.
That’s the way this lovely building is. Some offices are freezing, some are boiling hot. Gotta love federal buildings.
Dave asked me how I store all my wool sweaters. You know, the ones I haven’t been able to wear this winter because I’ve been stuck in a tropical office?
I’ve got two very large closets in my master bedroom, so some of the sweaters live in those closets. I also have a cedar chest. And to top things off, large plastic stackable storage drawers. They don’t look terribly elegant, but they hold a lot of handknits!
Anyway, I’m plugging along on Cromarty and making a wee bit of progress each night. This is a very labor-intensive knit — lots of cabling on every right side row, and the rows are long. I can’t knit on it for too long at a time because my hands get sore. Still, it is great fun to knit so I’m happy.
I’ve got this catnip mouse right where I want him!