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Your (yarn color) Opinion Please! ;<)

As any of my regular readers already know, I love to knit.

In recent years, I’ve been “stretching” my knitting skills a bit, trying some more difficult patterns, stitches and techniques, including Fair Isle knitting.

This cardigan is my first (and to date, only) ūüėȬ†Fair Isle project I’ve completed:

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FEFI back

I love this sweater and have had so many compliments about it already;  I want to make another one, this time in a spring/summer cotton yarn.

I’m considering using Willow Yarn Cub¬†.

If you haven’t checked out Willow Yarns yet, you’re in for a treat. They have some beautiful, natural fiber yarns available at prices that are hard to beat.

I’ve already knitted a swatch of this yarn and it looks great, with a the stitches showing up in a very defined way. I also love the soft¬†colors this yarn comes in and the price is great too at¬†$2.49¬†CDN/50 grams.

Here are the colors I am planning to use for this next cardigan:

cub yellow

This soft yellow for the main color.

cub green

cub mauvecub off white

And these three colors for the patternworks sections.  

I like all 4 of these colors but can’t decide if yellow should be the main color or the mauve or green instead.

Your yarn color¬†opinion please…what do you think?

PS: If you’re considering trying Fair Isle yourself or already have, you might want to check out my latest review over at My Real Life Reviews for¬†: The Very Easy Guide to¬†Fair Isle Knitting¬†by Lynne Watterson. It’s a wonderful book!

Working on a Fair Isle Knitting Project?

If you are a knitter and have tried Fair Isle knitting or plan to in the future; stop by My Real Life Reviews to read my recent review of the Clover Yarn Guide.

I had high hopes for this little gadget.

The reality was a bit of a disappointment. ūüė¶

If you’d tried this product, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too.

Happy Crafting!

Button, button…who’s got the buttons?

My Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan, that I blogged about in the 2 posts below this one,  is coming along just great!

I have now completed both sleeves and the second one, working the pattern section¬†was almost easy. ūüėČ

I’ve just started the body of the sweater, that is worked in one piece, on circular needles. I’m not crazy about working on circulars at any time but I did come up with a couple of tips that¬†are helping to move things along faster than usual:

* I dipped the circulars in very warm water to soften up the cables and help to straighten them quite a bit. The needles I’m using are plastic so no worries about getting them wet.

* Stitches tend to tighten up (go figure, and not just with me!) when working on circulars. I realised I had a habit of¬† working close to the points when knitting a stitch (at times) not pushing the stitch down to the widest part of the needle, making the loop a bit bigger before completing the stitch. This little change has made a big difference in the progress I’m making.

I’ve also been looking for buttons to finish this sweater and I thought it would be an easy thing to do. But I haven’t had any luck so far.

The cardigans I’ve seen made with this pattern ¬†have had one of the contrast colors for the button color,¬†so I was thinking the avocado or spring green I’m using would be nice. The buttons are 1″ and I need 6 at least, I usually like to get a couple of extras, just in case.

¬†I tried Etsy, some online button companies, Ebay, local (forget it!)….nothing. The only avocado greens I find are in¬†that ugly shade they used to have for kitchen appliances. Definitely NOT what I want.

Here’s the photo again, showing the contrast colors, including the greens:

                                 

If you have any suggestions for a good place to find buttons online. Or if you have any in your own stash you’d like to sell or pass along; do share in a comment here.

                                         

I’m also working on my novel¬†this morning¬†(passed 56,000 words as of yesterday) and it’s going so well. Almost finished the first draft, ready to print out and start editing.

¬†I¬†plan to¬†work on my cardigan today too. I’ll need those buttons, real soon! ūüėČ

¬†I’m on a knitting binge these days. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it and how relaxing it is too. A great way of chilling out!

I’m working on this cardigan, a large “patchwork” knit throw and a knitted cable headband right now.

Happy Weekend and Week. ūüôā

WIP and other good things….

Well, after my rant re: Auction Buddies in my last post, thought I should shift gears today and return to more positive topics to write about.

I did appreciate all the clicks on this post and your comments as well. Companies like Auction Buddies are the ones that give online shopping a bad reputation.

Amen and enough said.¬†¬† ūüėČ

First of the positive news, I am pleased to announce the launch of my new blog:  My Poetic Path.

As  I mentioned in a recent post, in February, I had the pleasure of participating in a writing contest over at The Clarity of Night. It was a wonderful experience, from start to finish and what a great group of participants showed up to share their writing talents and feedback.

¬†It felt¬†‘so right’ to get back to more emotional, personal and¬†creative writing and the experience has motivated me to start my new blog that will be devoted to this type of material.

Poems, photos and short stories….most of them will be created by yours truly but I will also be sharing photos from some talented¬†friends who have graciously consented to having me include their work, at¬† My Poetic Path.

 I do hope you will stop in soon and often and that you will add my new blog to your blogrolls, for your readers to enjoy too . 

Hopefully I will inspire other bloggers to reconnect with their own creative, perhaps also neglected interests.

I have let so many of my creative pursuits slide in the past few years; instead focusing and dealing too often, with what life’s been dishing out. Some-days it seems, in big bottomless bowls!!!¬†¬†¬† ūüė¶

Hopefully this will be the start of a creative and rewarding new pursuit for me and a tranquil and contemplative place to visit¬†for my¬†Veggie….pals and hopefully new readers too.

On to yarn tales….

Remember my problems with the buttons for my Cropped Cardigan?

Well I sure do LOL.¬† There’s been a happy ending to that particular yarn tale, but it took a bit of time and work to really make this a sweater that I love and will be wearing for many moons to come….

Speaking of the universe, the star buttons I¬†had wanted to use but didn’t stay closed¬†have now¬†been replaced by these lovely vintage buttons, which I found after an extensive Etsy search at: Buttons Galore.¬†(photo removed from flickr)

Do stop by: Buttons Galore, if you are in need of a perfect finishing touch in the form of lovely buttons, available in every shape, color and material you can imagine, this is definitely an Etsy shop to check out. Great service too and some free buttons added to my order as well, for future use.

I also turned the cardigan inside out to use as the right side instead.¬†I was more satisfied with the ‘wrong’ side texture, which was more chunky(in a good way)¬†looking and not so fuzzy. This cardigan really is going to be a fav. for me now. It was worth the extra work to make it just right!

Also cast on my March charity project, a new hat pattern, I’ll share that one soon. It’s gonna be a quickie to make!!!

How many of you are currently knitting the popular Monkey Socks? I’ve seen them over at¬†Sheep’s and¬†Beth’s ¬†blogs, to¬†name¬†but two.

¬†Wow, are these beautiful socks or what? Amazing really, like a work of art. I don’t know if I’m up to the challenge of making a pair but I certainly plan to give them a try.

Cookie at Knitter’s Anonymous is to be congratulated on her wonderful and unique designs, including the lovely Monkeys. This takes socks to a whole new level, at least I think so.

And do check out¬†Cookie’s blog, chock full of gorgeous patterns, if you aren’t a regular there already.

Still on the knitting front, I am making good progress on the Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan featured, here, here and here from Stitch and Bitch Nation.

Here’s my main yarn color (photo removed from Flickr)

Still need to get my contrast color yarns for the pattern sections of the sweater. I’m planning to use the mauve, red and light rust colors, featured in this tweed.

This might sound a bit ‘busy’ to be combined together, but after checking out other Lopi sweaters that also feature tweed yarns with Fair Isle patterns, thought I’d give it a try. I think it’s going to be beautiful actually, the tweed is very subtle, not overpowering when knit in ss.

¬†My first attempt at Fair Isle… wooohooo!!!!¬†Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it!¬†¬† ūüėČ

Mr. Cheddar and Ms.¬†Mitz may appear to be relaxing (Mitz)¬†and grooming (Mr. C.)¬†below but rumour has it that they are also working on¬†their own new blogs to host. They’ve been getting a lot of support from the feline blog community so who knows….they may be blogging more than I am, in the near future. In my humble opinion, they both still need to work on their paw-keyboarding skills though, too many typos, so far!¬†¬† ūüėČ

Mr. Cheddar is considering the blog name: ‘Mr. Cheddar and the Cracker Barrel Band’. Catchy but where is the band¬†Mr. C.????

¬†Ms. Mitz is adamant that her choice will be: ‘Ms. Mitz: Sweater Feline, Warrior Princess, Hot Babe with the Long Legs and then some….’

¬†I’ve tactfully suggested that she rethinks her choice of blog names¬†and perhaps turns part of it into her first post LOL. That Mitzi, what a gal!!!!¬†¬†

Well, spring certainly seems to be arriving fast, here in Interior BC. Hardly any snow left now and warm and sunny today.

Hopefully I will have¬†new spring pics. to share soon (these are still ‘archive tulips’in the header) LOL, here at Veggies….and also at: My Poetic Path.

Wishing you an abundant and happy¬†day!!! G¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüôā