My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Some Qs and As

It’s time to answer a few questions from the comments.

Hannah asked if Loft is an appropriate yarn to use for knitting socks. I say no. It is a softspun, light yarn and is not superwash. It is far more suited for hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens, etc.  and would be great for colorwork or lace, in my opinion.

When I first fondled Loft, the yarn that it most reminded me of, off the top of my head, is Alice Starmore’s 2-ply Hebridean: a soft, lightweight yarn. I haven’t gotten around to comparing them side-by-side yet, but at some point I will, to see if my immediate reaction was close to reality.

Linda asked if, when I create some gradient lace from the Loft I purchased, will I put the lightest or darkest colorway closest to my face. I hadn’t thought about it until now, but I think I’ll go from light to dark, with dark being on the outer edge or bottom of the piece.

I’ve not yet decided what exactly I’m going to do — circular, square, triangle, or something else.

Gail commented that she hoped I’d post pictures of our visit to Kid Hollow Farm. I will not, because I didn’t take any pictures. In fact, I took no pictures at all during our weekend away.

Seanna Lee asked me how much I expected my Filey to shrink after washing. It should shrink 15 – 20% in length and will not shrink in width.

I did not knit a swatch and wash it to check the amount of shrinkage. I like to live dangerously. 😉

I knit a sweater from Rowan Denim abut a year ago and it shrank abut 15% in length after washing. For that project I did knit a swatch and wash it, measuring before and after. Here is the blog post about it.

I’m working on the front of Filey now. I did get a fair bit done over the weekend.

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I think I mentioned this already, but I’ll say it again because it is a cause for joy. This lighter colorway of denim yarn is not bleeding blue all over my fingers. After hours of knitting with it I have just the merest bluish tinge to my fingertips. A far cry from my experience with the darker colorway last year.

In other knitting, I finished a Giant Sock. And started working on the second one.

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Lucy is working on a nap.

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Comments

  1. Lucy is my muse. ZZZzzzz.

  2. I’m with Sandi. Right now I’d love to be a hosue cat and able to spend my afternoon profitably on napping.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..this full weekend marks the end

  3. Thank you for answering my question and all the others too! I appreciate that and I am sure everyone else does also.

  4. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “meow, cousin lucy, we like your work! and your paw floof too!”

  5. My reaction, upon handling Loft is that it is very much akin to AS’s Hebridean 2-ply, which I am using now to knit her Flora pattern. The weight, spin and feel are very similar. I suspect it will be great for stranded colorwork, especially as it comes in a significant number of colors.

  6. Thank you for answering our questions, Wendy!

    Filey is looking good … looking forward to the finished product +/- the shrinkage!

    Glad to hear that your fingers don’t look as though you are cyanotic!!
    Linda´s last blog post ..Who wore your yarn before you bought it?

  7. GeniaKnitz says:

    I’ve said it before, and will know doubt think (and possibly say) it again…. I love your Lucy!
    (I also love the rest of the blog, but Lucy is a big beautiful doll.)

  8. Lucy sleeps with such abandon!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Ghastlies in Mauve Sweater Bag

  9. Fuzzy feet.

  10. I’m really glad you are enjoying knitting Filey. The place is near where I live in Yorkshire , England, had many lovely days out there. Its really beautiful. Here’s a link for you and your blog readers to enjoy!
    http://discoveryorkshirecoast.com/filey.aspx
    Come and visit Yorkshire!
    x

  11. WOW great progress on Filey. I am forever in amazement of your productivity. I will soon be making some “giant socks” as well for my 16 yr old son with size 13 ft.
    Brandi´s last blog post ..What does your hump-day look like?

  12. Am I too late for Q&A? I have a question about your Denim sweater. I’ve never knit with that yarn but I see that it is 100% cotton. My question is this: will your sweater be very heavy? I have a bunch of Rowan All Seasons Cotton and I would love to knit up a cabled cardigan with it but what is making me hesitate is I wonder if the sweater will be too heavy. When I search on projects made with All Seasons Cotton I see mostly baby things. I think you knit a sweater from All Seasons Cotton awhile back (but not cabled). Did it shrink horizontally or vertically?
    Thank you, Sue