Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cat marks the spot

I was tooting around in the shop yesterday and realized we were sold out of stitch markers!!!
Since we can't have that, I updated a few more sets today

This one is my favourite:
(The tails move! How cool is that?!?)

But there are also dragons, a safari and a spelling bee. I've got to do some organizing in the studio first, but I should have some more in the shop by then end of the weekend!

In other knitting news, some inquired about the specifics of the cardi:

It's Debbie Bliss' "One Button Cardigan" from her Pure Silk book. (rav link) It's suppose to have full sleeves, but I opted for a 3/4 length - just to be different.

Like all the other Debbie Bliss patterns I've knit, this one is well written and easy to follow... however, like most Debbie Bliss patterns I've knit it also leans a little towards oversized (and I accidentally knit it on 3.25mm instead of 3.75 mm and didn't realize until I was almost done..... whoops)... but it's comfy.

It calls for Pure Silk (obviously) which is a sinfully soft and seductive yarn - however having previous experience with it (it doesn't hold its shape) I opted for something a little more... reliable.

Mine is knit with Filatura Di Crosa Zara. I really can't say enough about this yarn. It's a DK weight, extra fine merino. It has great sproing, no itch and is toasty warm. While it's not as soft as, say, cashmere or alpaca, it's still soft and so comfortable to wear.. like snuggling up with a good friend. I've been wearing it straight since Sunday, and it seems to get softer.

Two years ago Mom made me a cardigan with Zarina, which is Zara's sport weight little sister, so I know it will wear well. Apparently it is also machine washable (cold water, gentle cycle) but I'm not taking any chances. I've grown up having to handwash hand knits, and already have several that need to be hand washed - so what's one more?

But the bestest part of this yarn? I got it at Julie's tent sale - for $1 a ball!!! Yep, using just 9 balls, this sweater cost me $9... what a super score. I bought 13 balls, so I still have four full ones left - don't know what to do with it yet but I will find something!


lexa said...

That's a great price for the sweater!

Love those stitch markers. :)

Not ready for handspun said...

Wow! A $9 sweater. Geez, good shopping!

Lee said...

I love those stitch markers, absolutley adorable.

Jeanne said...

What a great price for the yarn - can't beat that!

Very cute stitch markers...

Kiki said...

OMG those stitch markers are so adorable! Can't get over the good price of that yarn!

Knitting Linguist said...

That is definitely a score! I love it when you end up with something that's beautiful, useful, and a bargain to boot! :)

Alisha said...

I love your little stitch markers, so cute!