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Monday, August 4, 2008

Just a Quick Word

I'm about to shove off to bed, but before I do I want to pass the word to those that may not have caught wind of this yet.  There is a new online knitting magazine up and running.  The patterns are not free :(  but they are gorgeous enough for me to not care.  The articles are pretty informative, especially the one by Cat Bordhi and an amazing new way to knit a sock (I swear that woman could find a way to knit a bicycle into a sock!).  The layout is really cool too, you just click on the sidebar to "turn" the page.  Probably the most beautiful feature though (besides the lovely patterns) is the photography (ATTENTION: MAURA!!!!), they divide the sections of patterns up into themes, just have to see for yourself.  They're so much fun!

Anyway, this is my obsession: Wisteria.  I've been searching online for a yarn that will work that won't make the sweater be $60.  I think I can do Knit Picks Swish for about $40, but I don't know what the yarn feels like.  Has anyone used it?  Is it soft and "sweaterable"?  There are also a few other patterns that I want to make, but this one will be first (if I make any, that is). 

So there, go forth and drool!


delirium said...

That is a really pretty sweater!

If you want to know what the yarn is like without spending too much money you could get a set of swatches from Knit Picks, I think they are a dollar and it will give you a good idea for the colors too.

Michele / akkasha said...

Thanks for the heads up about that site finally being live. It is pretty interesting. Though I confess, I don't really like spending money on single patterns. I am willing to do it for a book I like, but I don't know why I can't bring myself to do it for a single pattern. There are so many good ones for free online that that tends to slow me down.

Though you are right that Wisteria is probably worth it. It is a beautiful pattern. I haven't bought any yarns from Knitpicks (though I adore their needles and other items). I have been tempted to try their sock yarn blanks. It is much easier than laying out the sock yarn by hand!

I am sure you will do a great job with it.

Mrs. Swank said...

*sigh* You are so good at finding new ways for me to spend money :).

PS - another yarn option for Wisteria is Cascade 220 (like a certain curiouslittleme is using for her sweater right now). Same gauge, instant gratification ...

Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

Hi Tina,

I read your contest entry and wanted to thank you (and wish you luck!). I also wanted to let you know that I decided to do the giveaway for two reasons: to get my artists' names known to a larger group of people, and also to find out what people want to see the shop do (or carry). Mark (my DH and computer guru aka Hubster on my blog) is almost done with the search function that everybody wants.

Again, thank you. I so appreciate you taking the time to say something. :)