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Fresh Designs Crochet call for submissions: a little bird is tweeting

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Malabrigo Rasta - single skein projects. Hats, Designs for Men, Toys?

Malabrigo Rios - single and multiple skein projects. Rios is a superwash - think Kids and Home as well as Designs for Men and Hats.

Nazli Gelin cotton crochet thread - fresh, modern thread crochet projects (doilies included). Home, of course - also wonderful for Bags. How about Toys?

Fresh Designs Crochet call for submissions information (including inspiration boards) and online submission form are available at Cooperative Press

Enabling

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Karabella Aurora 8

As I put my yarn stash into storage (again), I am reminded that I have plenty of yarn to work with and don't need to acquire much more. Mom, on the other hand, has been knitting and crocheting much of what I've destashed at high speed. Last week I handed her a bag of oddballs of Karabella Aurora 8 that had been sitting in a box since 2007 (because it had turned into two complete balls and a small heap of small balls of only a couple of yards each) and this week she showed me the hat she knit up from the full balls and then topped with a dense, squooshy, carefully hand-snipped pom-pon made out of the small balls.

Hat

Well, that kind of productivity ought to be encouraged, especially when it means I can help support YarnStory, a brand-new yarn shop that opened just a few weeks ago in Honolulu. The shop hasn't had a Grand Opening yet (the owner is waiting on several boxes of yarn), so I'm holding off on a full review, but here's what I picked up today for Mom:

Kaleidescope
Brown Sheep Co. Kaleidescope, 80% cotton, 20% wool. Pink/red dominant is color KAL-20 ANAHEIM, Paintlot 0310, and Blue/purple dominant is KAL-10 BELIZE, Paintlot 179.

Sari Yarn
Yarn spun from recycled silk sari fabric

Swatching

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Swatching


Although I'm still knitting away at the Matilda & Tillie pattern revision samples, I do have a swatch going. It's nice to have something I can just pick up and knit away at without thinking too much! The yarn is Berroco Remix, which Mom used for a baby sweater (pattern: Arshile, color: Smoke - kits available through WEBS). I'm swatching for an Ingenue sweater (from Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits book). In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I bought the book from the same yarn shop I bought the yarn from (Webs - yarn.com), and while I went into the transaction willing to pay full price, I saved $5.50 off the MSRP because the Webs discount system now includes books! I would have purchased it from a bookstore here, but none had it in stock.

Remix is a worsted/10 ply yarn made of 100% recycled fibers, a mix of nylon, cotton, acrylic, and silk (you can read more about it on Berroco's info page for Remix). It is soft and pleasantly nubby and I'm enjoying knitting with it.