I used to carry THREE bags to work. A computer bag, knitting bag, and a lunch bag.
Not now. I can fit my 15 laptop, sock knitting project and my lunchbox container in THIS one bag. I love how all my life can just fit into one bag.
Like many, I have about 12 pages of projects in Queue on Ravelry, just waiting to be knitted. Unlike back when I was new to knitting, now I'm more selective about pattern books I buy because I know that realistically, I can't knit everything I see.
So it took me almost a month of contemplation until I finally decided to purchase this book. As usual, JBW delivered it to be within 3 days. And I opened it up to find the most beautiful, classy, elegant designs by Kim Hargreaves. I love this book and cannot wait to cast on everything.
It would've been 5 stars. I gave it 4, just for the confusing names of the yarns. I bought 1 skein of this yarn, because I'm knitting a cardigan out of recycled yarn from an old sweater but I was close to running out. I looked at several tweed yarns to match the original yarn and decided on this one for the price and colors.
But the name does nothing to indicate the real colors. I got Seafarer? or something like that, it looked like black to me but when it arrived it was a bit more of a gray than black. I'm still using it, I just need to place it in a way that looks intentional hehe.
Otherwise, this yarn feels very light, soft, but still warm and substantial. LOVE.
how can you go WRONG with malabrigo, especially Sock? I already used the malabrigo worsted in this colorway so I knew what to expect. Sock version feels softer and sturdier than worsted, and the color seems richer.
Im a fan of yarn companies that make reliable, affordable yarns in variety of colors: cascade, berroco, shibui, etc.
I love cascade 220 superwash for gift projects because 1 I know that non-knitters won't take time to handwash, block, and dry a garment the way I do, 2 I can give recipients the link to their shade card page and pick a color. Which is exactly what I did when my mom gave me her old, pilled, store-bought acrylic tunic vest and asked me to re-create it, in a nicer yarn.
The vest was sport-weight, but I still went with this because this yarn is more of DK than worsted. With US 5, I was able to get the gauge, similar to the original vest.
It's wool, it's not super luscious soft like malabrigo or madelinetosh in similar weight, but it's softer than most wool.
I'm still knitting the tunic vest, but I used this yarn for a sweater jacket for myself 3 years ago. I still get a lot of wear out of it, and it has a bit of pilling issue but nothing too serious.
Will definitely buy again.