Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Twittering knitty

Just got the latest knittyreader, complete with two new patterns.
And, knitty has its own Twitter page at
And I'm still working on my Wonderful Wallaby sweater in salmon merino. The torso is done and I've moved on to one of the sleeves - and am one-third through. Right now it looks like a really thick sweatband for the wrist.

FAQs for the sweater:

And I found a Flickr site where you can upload your Wallaby photos.

Happy knitting!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Join us

The Russell Knitters meet on the first and third Saturday of the month at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown Meeting Room 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Knitters are invited to bring their projects and join this group willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. We welcome new members! For information, call (860) 347-2528.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Shearin' time

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival take place April 25 in Vernon. It features fiber, craft and equipment vendors; fiber arts demonstrations, shearing, skirting and educational programs, a sheep dog trail and animal exhibits at the Tolland Agricultural Center. For information, see

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Love that wallaby

Last week on the phone, I lamented to my knitting friend how I never seem to finish my projects in enough time to wear them - before the season changes. She suggested I start to knit for the opposite weather conditions - wool in the summer, cotton in the winter.
I weighed whether the uncomfortableness of knitting wool in spring/summer would win over the pleasure of working with Farmhouse Yarn Andy's Merino, which is hand-dyed and American grown.
Out came my 8 skeins of salmon.

Already, I've knit nearly 9 inches of Cottage Creations' Wonderful Wallaby in adult size large. I'm alternating two balls of the salmon because my stash has such varying colors. There's no such thing as dye lot for Farmhouse Yarns.
It's called a wallaby because of the amazing pouch you knit halfway through.

I used size 6 needles for the ribbing at the waist, and size 9 for the body. The only thing that keeps getting me messed up (and means lots of frogging until I stop doing it) is that when I come to the beginning of the round, I often pick up the wrong yarn, which will give me a strange round count.
Other than that, I'm just happily hopping along on this project.