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.

Two Pretties

I have two pretty things to show you today.

First:

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This is my progress on my Britta Cowl, knit from a pattern by Johanne Landin. It is worked stranded and in the round using two different colors. I am using the yarn that the original was knit from, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100, and in the original colors because I love the look of the original.

It is a very long cowl, so you can double it around your neck, and it starts with a provisional cast-on. The cast-on required perseverance on my part! Using waste yarn, I did a backwards loop cast-on and knit one row. Then using the working yarn I joined and started knitting in the round. I checked 5 or 6 times to ensure that I hadn’t twisted my work.

After you complete the “body,” you fold it in half and work a three-needle bind-off to secure the beginning stitches to the end stitches. Very clever — you have a lovely field of flowers showing at all times and the stranded wrong-side is hidden in the middle.

This is another “long haul” project, as there are well over 500 stitches on the needle. But it is great fun to knit. The pattern is simple enough that I don’t have to keep looking at the chart, and the subtle color changes in the yarn make me want to keep knitting to see the knitted fabric emerge.

Second:

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This is a skein of Wayfarer fingering weight wool, a new offering from Made in America Yarns.

This yarn has been designed with a solid palette especially for Fair Isle knitters. (It would be great to see it combined with a hand-dyed yarn too.) They kept it 100% wool instead of superwash to minimize the environmental impact and keep all of the good qualities of wool.

I have a colorcard:

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You can also see all the colors on their website. The specs:

Content: 100% wool
Weight: 100 g | 3.5 oz
Length: 349 m | 382 yds
Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cold water. No bleach. Dry flat, do not iron.

MSRP is $14 per skein — a really great price! Check out the list of retailers to find out where to buy this great yarn, or ask your LYS to carry it — you won’t be disappointed!

I knit a swatch:

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The yarn is made up of many plies, and in the skein has an almost cotton look to it, much like a very popular German yarn I know and love. Knit it up and wow! It is lovely and springy and makes nicely uniform stitches. I can see how this yarn will be great for both colorwork and texture. I haven’t quite decided what my yarn will become, but I’m thinking possibly a cowl or a hat.

Who else would like to try it? Made in America Yarns has kindly offered to send a skein to one of my blog readers since I am too greedy to give mine up. 🙂

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM eastern time this Sunday, December 15, 2013, to be entered in a drawing to win a skein of this lovely Wayfarer fingering weight wo0l, in the color of your choice. When the random number generator picks the winner, I’ll email said winner with color options. 🙂

Wait — I have a third pretty thing to show you!

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Comments

  1. Wow, gorgeous cowl! And the yarn looks yummy!

    And let’s not forget the lovely Loki. He’s just one big ball of floof 🙂

  2. The cowl is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to win. The yarn.

  3. I would love to try the yarn. I hope I get picked.

  4. Your cowl is pretty. The purple Wayfarer yarn is gorgeous, as is the Wayfarer color palette. I’d love to win a skein of the yarn.

  5. KitKatKnitter says:

    Love the cowl! And Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball is definitely some nice yarn. I’ve made a shawl for mom out of some and it really turned out nicely.
    Loki is so freakin’ adorable!!!!

  6. What a nice swatch.

  7. Would love to knit up a little something with this delicious yarn.

  8. I always love seeing what you knit! And such pretty colors too!

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  10. That Wayfarer Wool looks delicious! And Loki is lovable!

  11. Mary Beth Martin says:

    Thanks for promoting yarns made in the USA.

  12. Love the cowl! I just recently started thinking I’d like to learn how to do color work. Maybe if I win the yarn I will use it for my first color work project:-)

  13. Your cowl is beautiful, I need to learn to do stranded work. Your third “pretty” is the best pretty.

  14. Thanks for featuring this…it’s great to find new wool yarns that are made in America. I’d never heard of this company!

  15. Beautiful cowl. The new yarn looks nice, too.

  16. Sandy in NJ says:

    The yarn looks lovely and may finally encourage me to try stranded knitting. How could any thing Made in America not be great!

  17. The cowl is gorgeous – but sure would love to win a skein of that yarn and the color you have certainly looks like it would be m top choice.

  18. The yarn looks beautiful! Glad for a chance to try it out. And, Loki is a beautiful boy!

  19. I like the cowl with the long stripe yarn!

  20. beautiful yarn that would look gorgeous for any project. I’d love to win! Back to my Christmas knitting.

  21. Pretty things x 3 – well worth the visit to your blog!

  22. Yay new yarn! Can never get enough wooly goodness 🙂

  23. Julie Beaver says:

    Love the yarns you’re using in the flower power cowl.
    Loki is so beautiful.

  24. Loki is the prettiest but 1 & 2 are great too!

  25. Wow, that cowl is a lot of work, but beautiful! The yarn is also beautiful, I think I could enjoy knitting it up. Loki , of course, is also gorgeous. 🙂
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