KniCroBlo Week — Day 7

What a Yarn

There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

I know this is a day late, but I had other things going on yesterday, including the final revisions (I hope) on my MSc Report.

So, on to the question at hand …

I adore Malabrigo, I first got my hands on some last summer when it was recommended to me by the staff at my LYS. I am pretty sure it is what restarted my interest in knitting last summer.  I love the single-ply, I love the softness and I loooove the colors.  I have a skein of water green that doesn’t flatter my complexion, but I am itching to make it into something beautiful out of it. For the most part I have used the Worsted weight, but I have also used the lace and bulky weights (which are also awesome!).  I would really like to use the Silk Blend Merino.

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KniCroBlo Week — Day 6

Today’s question asks, Revisit a past F/O

Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of hole. Or maybe that jumper that your did just didn’t like that much…
However, I have few in the way of F/Os that are not sitting in my box of knitting waiting to be distributed, although I am about to drop off a few items to Safe Place, a women and children’s shelter here in Austin.

So I am going to answer the wildcard question instead …

All Tooled Up

Do you have a particular knitting/crochet tool or piece of equipment that you love to use? Maybe it is an old bent pair of needles that used to belong to someone special, or a gorgeous rosewood hand-turned crochet hook that you just love the feel of? Write about what you love it.

My favorite tool is one that I don’t use that often, it is a J sized crochet hook.  What makes this hook special is that it was my Great Grandmothers, on my mother’s side and more importantly it has a deadly sharp point on the tip (which seems to have been filed by Great Grannie) and because of her arthritis the handle has been wrapped in fabric tape to make it larger.  All of this adds up to a kick ass tool that I only use to rescue my knitting (as I rarely crochet, although if I did start doing more crochet it would likely be using this hook).  I also have her ruler/needle sizer/tension gauge which gives the sizes in U.S., Canadian and Metric, I am not sure when Canadian sizing fell out of favor but it  makes the ruler an interesting relic.

At one point I had a number of DPNs that were from my Oma (grandmother on my father’s side).  However they were all bent and most of the sets only had 2 or 3 needles remaining.  It was nice to have them but in the end they were not that useful.

Note: I am out at my parent’s house working on my thesis, I will post pictures once I get back to my house and my knitting supplies to post pictures.