Thursday, April 9

my first ball of yarn

I decided to take the plunge and buy some "good" yarn for two sweater projects. First up, is the lace panel cardi. I got cascades 220 in straw (dark gold heather) for this sweater. I knitted my swatch last night and started the back of the cardigan. I didn't notice before last night but this pattern is marked as intermediate (I think) well its definitely not beginner. I am a little nervous about that. Two things in this pattern I have never done before, lace and picking up knitted stitches. I figure that if the lace is not going well I will just do a stockinette stitch.
lace panel cardi

The yarn came in hanks (how cool!). So after I petted it a bit, I learned how to make a center pull ball of yarn. It is soooo nice to knit with a ball of yarn. I have only done center pull skeins, no comparison between the two! So far I really like this yarn and I can see why there are yarn snobs out there, shunning acrylic yarn left and right.
lace panel cardi

yes, that quilt top is still there. Something about working all day and not feeling like stippling for 3 hours and of course that new yarn shipment.


nicole said...

i can't get over the color - i am completely in love with it. see - i told you - the ball is SO amazing. i think you'll do great with that cardi. knowing you it will be done by sunday =)

and dont worry about the quilt. the crafting is supposed to be fun approach means you do what you feel like doing when you feel like doing it.

Shorty said...

You are sooo making me want to learn to knit. Just thought I would throw that out there. I can't wait to see how this turns out...I love that yarn! Perhaps I should become a yarn snob, too. My husband will just LOVE that!

Hope you have a great week!

Sarah said...

I have to admit I am a bit of a yarn snob. My best friend knits with acrylic yarn really tightly on metal needles, so it squeaks horribly loud. It's like fingers on a chalkboard. I'm shivering just talking about it!!

jenni said...

Oh I can't wait to be a yarn snob too!