Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oh Noro

IMG_0995 by kbshee
IMG_0995, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
You can suck me in.

Noro is a yarn brand that causes knitters to fall into two camps (sure, lots of yarns do this, but Noro seems to be one that everyone is either pro or con). I personally am not a big Noro fan: I have found it scratchy, filled with knots, and the colors generally are a bit too wackadoodle for me.

But I did get sucked in to buying Noro Obi, which was marketed as softer due to silk and mohair. The picture I saw for the yarn I actually bought was primarily blue and pink.

I knit the Cowl Fantastic with this yarn, since the long color repeats generally look great in this--what do you call it--welt look? Anyway---the pattern is terrific. My take away:
-not really soft
-don't like the green and gold, didn't see this in the picture
-but on the plus side, only one knot.

I like this, I'll wear this, it knit up really really fast, but oh Noro. Fool me twice.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The most fun yarn ever?

IMG_0992 by kbshee
IMG_0992, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I was trying to figure out what to post today and then these came in the mail.

I was paging through the new (yawn) VK and saw an ad for this yarn. It is called Candy (on the right) and Candy Somethingelse (on the left...maybe Candy deluxe or something?). Anyway---it is yarn with LITTLE FELTED BALLS IN IT. Love. '

Of course I could add little felted balls myself but. Yeah. LITTLE FELTED BALLS.

Anyway, these will both be cowls of course. Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Very fun scarf

If you want a fun knit, really, try the Foolproof scarf by Louise Zass-Bangham (it is on Ravelry).

You start with on stitch, and end with one stitch.
Along the way there are YOs to increase the size, along with a few M1s, and some color changes. I followed the instructions but you can kind of vamp in terms of changing colors.

And here is what I look like wearing it (in such a way that you can't see the woven-in ends:

Awfully cute. And fast. I made this with Miss Babs Yowza (love).

Monday, August 19, 2013

If you turn this 90 degrees to the left

IMG_0989 by kbshee
IMG_0989, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

and stuff it
and put a face on it
and make the top part look like two little ears
and block it
and sew a tail on
and knit the tail first
and then close up the bottom
THEN you have a Pickles the Cat for a new baby in Wisconsin.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby got Back

IMG_0988 by kbshee
IMG_0988, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Or a back, to be precise--it is the back of a sweater. Pretty much a big old rectangle of gray. But I like it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Two bits of good news.

1. Jeweled cowl is done
2. With new iPhone, I don't have to take pictures of knitting in the bathroom mirror.


Friday, August 09, 2013

Slip Stitch Cowl

IMG_0978 by kbshee
IMG_0978, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
The challenges with doing slip stitch with a highly variegated yarn is that 1. it curls and 2. you can't see how cool the pattern is.

This is my own design, a cowl using this pattern:

Cast on 220 stitches
ROund 1: knit
Round 2: k1 sl 1 all the way around.
Round 3: knit
Round 4: sl 1 k 1 all the way around.

Not sure how many total repeats, probably 10? Will know soon.

And just so you can see how pretty it is:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013


IMG_0973 by kbshee
IMG_0973, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

1. Smaugs are done.
2. Everything else is in a not-interesting place.
3. Cloudy and cool today--like living on the beach but not.
4, The annual festival of looking at cute guys is on at my twinnie's blog:
so get over there and name some of your favorite guys (and ladies) for the Knitters' Hunk and Chick contest.
5. My nominees include Alexander Skarsgard, and Jon Snow.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Summer balling

IMG_0977 by kbshee
IMG_0977, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So I balled up some yarn for some more projects to end up the summer.

In the front--a ball of Masquerade by Dashing Dachs which will be a cowl of my own design.

In the middle, two balls of Malabrigo Prive Collecion (or something like that) which will be the 'checked scarf'.

And finally, some Yowza Whata Skein which will be a Pamisos.

Plus I cast on for the Jeweled Cowl, stay tuned!

PLUS!! It is my summer of winning knitting things. I won a darning egg in the Twist Collective summer anniversary give away. Um, yay!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

IMG_0975 by kbshee
IMG_0975, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Today is my blogiversary--nine years ago (NINE YEARS AGO!) I started blogging here at Kim Knits.


I kind of can't believe it (I started blogging when the original Arrested Development was on!) and kind of can. Time seems to go by so, so fast these days.

But the one kind of unbelievable thing is that I've kept at it. Sure, I've had periods of less-than-active blogging, but to commit to anything for nine years is kind of cool.

And in honor, the Romeo, which has been growing but I need to focus and finish it in August!