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Romi, the designer of Muir, Waves of Grain, Ice Queen, Verdigris, and so many other pretty patterns, is giving away a copy of her Bluebird pattern! Isn’t it gorgeous?

bluebird

Anyhow, she’s also running some sort of sale which I am totally ignoring as I am BROKE, but go check it out!

As for designing, I am desiging a knit SOMETHING that I hope will be Knitty.com worthy. It is possible, yes? So I need testers. I need someone to use sport weight yarn, about 250-300 yards, someone to use fingering weight yarn, about 400-500 yards (375 will probably be fine too! :P), and someone to use laceweight yarn, I have no idea how many yards. Like, anywhere from 400-1600? lol

I am knitting the prototype in Chewy Spaghetti sport yarn, one of my prizes from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe. I need to take a picture of the yarn cake, the colours play sooooo prettily! Anyhow, I am knitting it up and I LOVE it. 🙂

So if you are interested test knitting the pattern for me (I’d REALLY be happy if it could be written, tested, and submitted to Knitty by Dec. 15, but I’ll not hold my breath!), email me at Secret Agent Knits at yahoo dot com or ping me on Twitter (@SecretAgentFibr) and we’ll talk! Being able to take pictures is a plus, but not a requirement. 🙂

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lettuce leaf scarf | Seasons of Lace | Jane Austen Yarn Club

A while back, I ordered Castle Fiber’s Sense & Sensibility Sock yarn. OH MY. This yarn is so lusciously pretty! In fact, I decided it was entirely too lovely to use for the sock pattern included. I tried using the lace pattern from the cuff to make a scarf, but it didn’t quite make me happy. No matter! I went hunting for the perfect pattern. I wanted a scarf, I wanted lace, and I wanted to use my size 4 needles. Oh yeah, and it needed to be free. Ugg. You would think the knitiverse had conspired against me!

I had begun to think I would have to design my own pattern for the yarn when I stumbled across the Lettuce Leaf Scarf from Madelinetosh. Eureka! I love how it allows the colours to play across the scarf. 🙂

So, here’s the yarn:
SnS2

And the glamour shot. 😉
SnSmontage

The yarn holds up admirably to the frogging I have done, and the colours play so beautifully across the yarn!

But I can’t knit on it yet. Why? Seasons of Lace hasn’t started yet! This is the first time I’ve come across it, and I do hope that Ravelry membership isn’t a requisite, because I do NOT need another time suck right now, and I am NOT going to join until I graduate! So there! 😉 Anyhow, I am waiting to see if my registration went through, so hopefully I will be participating!

Also? SO not feeling the love for the gift knitting I am doing right now. Yes, it’s almost a year (yes, you read that right) late. Yes, it is something of my own design. But COME ON. What was I thinking, promising to make FOUR somethings that require miles and miles (slight exageration, more like inches and inches) of 2×2 ribbing on size 5 needles with worsted weight yarn? *facepalm*

So what project are you longing to do? And what project feels like molasses in winter as you slog through?

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Today’s kinda special. See the date? And this is my 9th post! (totally freaked me out when I realized that!)

So, here are 3 lists of 9.

(These are in no particular order. Have you ANY idea how hard it was to narrow down the lists to 9?)

9 Knitty Patterns I Want To Knit

  1. Twist + Shout (Cardigan)
  2. Waves of Grain (Shawl/Stole/Scarf)
  3. Surface (Cardigan w/ Wrap)
  4. Fern Glade (Hat)
  5. Amelia (Cardigan)
  6. Mr. Greenjeans (Cardigan)
  7. Urchin (Hat)
  8. Grecian Plait (Pullover)
  9. Froot Loop (Socks. Not sure why they aren’t called Fruit Loop.)

9 Favorite Yarns

  1. Filatura di Crosa Zara | a dk weight merino wool that is SO soft and elastic!
  2. Vickie Howell Love | so silky soft! a bamboo/silk blend
  3. Plymouth Yarns Royal Llama Silk | Love!
  4. Lion Brand Homespun | Great for afghans!
  5. Bernat Natural Blends Bamboo | This is amazingly soft, and surprisingly soft!
  6. Caron Simply Soft | This is a great basic yarn for afghans, baby stuff, and accessories!
  7. Buffalo Gold #12 “Lux” | I linked to the Pine colourway, because that is what I have, but you can easily choose your favorite colour!
  8. Frabjous Fibers Recycled Sari Silk | I received this yarn as a RAK from Heather Wardell and it is beautiful. 🙂
  9. Elmore-Pisgah Peaches & Creme | I love this yarn for crocheted baby blankets. Using a K hook, it takes only one cone!

9 Favorite Designers

  1. Ysolda Teague
  2. Norah Gaughan
  3. Marnie McLean
  4. Amy Swenson
  5. Robynn Weldon
  6. Rosemary Hill
  7. Jordana Paige
  8. Stefanie Japel
  9. Nancy Bush
    (Why yes, that is an affiliate link to my favorite Nancy Bush book. ;P)

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Blue Skies Handspun wool yarn 61 yards by OffTheHooks on Etsy.

Ooooooh, this yarn is gorgeous. I don’t know how I could possibly use it, 61-yards-are-you-kidding-me, but I want it anyway! I can totally see how a person could have SABLE (Stash Aquired Beyond Life Expectancy) in Single Skeins! Maybe you could pair it with this rainstorm handspun art yarn to stretch the yardage? Maybe? I dunno why I am showing ya’ll the yarn I covet, maybe to protect myself! But here’s more that I am drooling over:

And now I may need to replace my keyboard! 😉

And speaking of Single Skeins, it is Single Skein September according to Stash and Burn (BTW, who’s Stash and who’s Burn? Nyah! :P). I suspect that my single skein projects will be ski hats, as I am waaaaaaaay overdue with last year’s Thanksgiving presents! (I was silly enough to wrap balls of yarn and give them as “embryonic hats”!)

And then I do have a luscious skein of Plymouth Royal Llama (I love that word, llama!) Silk for me. What to make of it?

Royal Llama Silk in a chocolatey plum colour

Royal Llama Silk in a chocolatey plum colour

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So pretty! I arranged it as a gift basket for the photo shoot. 🙂 For those who haven’t figured it out yet, ;), The Loopy Ewe hosts contests on the blog, and I happened to win!

The Prize!

I’m so psyched, I’m hyperventilating! Let’s dig in, shall we?

A few TLE goodies:

TLE Pin

TLE Post Its

TLE Post Its 2

Soap

Soap 2

BTW, the soap smells heavenly. How can I possibly use it? 🙂

But obviously the important part of the prize is the yarn, right? I’ll not keep you in suspense anymore! Sheri sent 3 skeins of yarn, and I love them all! Here goes!

First is some Chewy Spaghetti, I think it’s called Spaghettini II. The colourway is Alluring, and it truly is! I have a sneaking suspicion that, due to the light colours, my little sister will be the one blessed with an FO from this skein! (Why, yes, I do spoil her dreadfully, why do you ask? :P)

Chewy Spaghetti Alluring

Next is some gorgeous bellamoden Sport in the Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea colourway. This yarn is soooooo soft, and the colour is perfect for my mom, so I’ve already begun charting a pattern!

bellamoden Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

And the final skein is all mine. For me. Mine mine mine. Any guess why? Here’s a hint:

Mystery-1

Not quite fair of me, I agree. Alright, here’s the unblurred photo.

Mystery-2

Can you see the label? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it! What, print too small? (or not, as the case may be. I don’t know how good your resolution and eyesight are!)

Mystery-3

Wollmeise! I can’t believe it! I have wanted Wollmeise ever since hearing about it, but I never thought I’d ever get any! So pretty! The colourway, Aquarius, is perfect for me, and I love it. *happy sigh* I can’t stop petting my yarn!

And so, thanks to Sheri of TLE for hosting contests and providing such gorgeous prize packages!

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