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A Tale of Two Freias

Posted by mobarger on Feb-15-2014

Have you seen Freia Yarns yet? Ombré yarns in a variety of weights and colors, eye-catching and beautiful!
Here is a picture from my stash:

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A lot of patterns are out there that take advantage of this color-changing yarn and I recently tried two of them.

You saw the last Wurm hat I made, right? It was made from a variegated Manos I had on hand. But I had to try it in Freia.

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I thought the yardage in the one ball I had would be too short for the hat, so the inside of the brim is actually a lavender yarn I had on hand in about the same gauge. I thought it would make me go further and it did, but I think if you were to use one ball of sport and just start it, you would have enough yarn as I had a nice amount left.

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I do love the way the colors transition. It is a little pastel-y for me but this has been a LONG winter and the colors make me think that spring is not far away. That is my mantra – spring is not far away, spring is not far away …

Another Freia project I took on was Laura Nelkin’s Cambio cowl. The pictures I saw of it were so beautiful and vivid. And cowls are so fun to knit up and wear.

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I tried. I really tried. I started this knit several times, and in the middle of it all even wripped it all back, rewound the ball of Freia that came with the kit so I would start at the other end, and another color. But I just couldn’t make it look good. And granted in this picture it is obvious I did not hem the cowl yet, it is just very light and flimsy and doesn’t seem like it would stand up. I haven’t woven in the ends yet so I may frog it all once more and try again, but after having knit it so many times already, I am not sure this will happen any time soon.

There are lots of other clever patterns out there that use this yarn. I think you should look for it and play and make a tale of your own!

Meanwhile to prove my mantra (spring is not far away), I got my first egg of the year the other day.

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There hasn’t been another since, but I still hold out hope. Spring is not far away…

Mad about clubs

Posted by mobarger on Jan-5-2014

You may have noticed that I love MadTosh yarn. Big fan. So when I learned about the Magnolia Society and had a couple glasses of wine in me, I thought sure, why not! MadTosh yarn? In all sorts of different weights? And unique colors? What’s not to love? Sure I have no business buying more yarn, but it’s so pretty!

The club offers several options of color families – jewels, neutrals and naturals. I was torn between neutral and natural and finally opted for natural. My first shipment arrived yesterday.

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Look at that green! It’s almost a little too green for me (even though green is my favorite color). But it makes me think of spring and growing things.

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Another look …

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It’s a chunky weight, and the color is “Big Sur.” There are 3 skeins of 160yds each. Hmm what to make, what to make….

I am thinking warmth, layers. It’s been cold here lately!
Here are some things that have been in my queue for a while, what do you think?

For the neck –

  • Silver Gun Fizz
  • Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks
  • Encompass
  • Or for the feet –

  • Woodcutter’s Daughter
  • Tuffy Boot Socks
  • Log Cabin Socks
  • Warm all over –

  • Caravan Blanket
  • Or maybe something for a certain little girl –

  • Hot Chocolate
  • I’ve got some thinking to do. Meanwhile “Big Sur” makes me think of this
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    It’s bitterly cold, we have a lot of snow and the sun is shining bright. Time to pile on the handknits and have an adventure!
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    I’m off! I’ll be posting some Christmas knits soon, as soon as they are gifted!

    Another swap – Knitspot!

    Posted by mobarger on Nov-30-2013

    One of the clubs I subscribe to these days is Knitspot’s Fall in Full Color club. The Ravelry forum is quite busy and full of fun, friendly people. So when a swap was organized, I was in!

    My partner was pamelajd and did she know me well or what?

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    MadTosh yarn, a sock pattern for it (Harbert), a pattern for a square shawl (Spire), tea, lavender sachet,2 huge chocolate bars, mulling spices and some wonderful gift tags I can use for Christmas handknits.

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    Let’s look closer at that yarn, shall we? I love the rich brown. It is called Byzantine.

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    Meanwhile it’s getting colder. Brr!