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April, 2012

Yarn Review: KB Sifa Silver Cotton

Knitting + Internet = I get to meet amazing people doing amazing things. Laurie of Knit Outta the Box is one of those people! We ‘met’ on twitter because we are both huge Tigers fans, and our emails to each other often close with a ‘Go Tigers!’. The knitting connection is just a bonus.

KB Sifa Silver Cotton

So when Laurie asked me to review one of her new yarns I jumped at the chance, and a few days later a ball of KB Sifa Silver Cotton appeared on my doorstep.

KB Sifa Silver Cotton

From Knit Outta the Box: Silver has been known for centuries to possess healing qualities, as well as an anti-bacterial element. Sifa Silver Cotton yarn is spun with over 5% pure silver, is naturally colored and chain plied. When knit it creates beautiful stitch definition. Warm in winter and cool in summer, it is the perfect year round yarn.

100% pure Turkish cotton spun with over 5% pure silver. 50g (1.76 oz.), 70m (77 yds.). Gauge/24 st = 4″ US#5.

Sifa Silver Cotton is produced exclusively by KB Yarns in Turkey in collaboration with local spinners who possess a passion and deep-rooted knowledge for fiber, handed down through generations. Fair trade and fair labor practices apply to all products. Available in the US and Canada exclusively through Knit Outta the Box.

Sifa Silver Cotton - Knit Up

I spent a morning knitting with Sifa Silver Cotton and I don’t think I’ve knit with another yarn quite like it. You can see in the above pictures that it’s kind of braided together like a shoelace, and when I first pulled it out of it’s ball I didn’t think it was going to have a lot of give and might be hard to knit, like many straight cotton yarns.

But I cast on and knit a few rows in St st and it was surprisingly lovely! I used size 5s and got a very stiff fabric kind of like linen, and very soft to the touch. The yarn was easy to knit with and has just enough give so you aren’t struggling to get your stitches off and on the needle.

Ball in Progress

Immediately all my initial doubts were gone, and instead of wondering what I was going to do with this tiny ball of stiff yarn I started imagining all of the amazing things I could design for Sifa Silver Cotton exclusively. Knit Outta the Box has a growing pattern store with patterns using Sifa Silver Cotton for two pairs of slippers and a really cute twisted turban, but the possibilities are endless. It would be great for clutches, purses, headbands; a crazy wide variety of warm and cold weather accessories.

Pudge in on the Action

It’s even, apparently, cat approved, since I can’t have a photo shoot without Pudge getting in the way!

Be sure to stop over and say hi to Laurie at Knit Outta the Box, and follow her on twitter to find out about all of her fun products. You can order KB Sifa Silver Cotton at Knit Outta the Box.

And a huge thank you to Laurie for asking me to take a peek at this yarn!

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WIP: Lace Striped Summer Sweater and a Mystery Swatch

As soon as I finished my WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Winter Sweater, I couldn’t help but cast on a WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Summer Sweater, probably because it’s April and I won’t be able to get a lot more mileage out of the winter one this year.

Lace Striped Summer Sweater Progress

Just like my winter sweater, I wanted to make this knit a stash buster, too. I didn’t have enough of any one color of cotton or cotton blend yarn, so I decided to make it striped! I had 2 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Sea Foam, one skein of Knit Picks CotLin in Tomato, and 4 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Ivory, and that should come together really nicely!

Ovals Swatch

I’ve also got a SECRET PROJECT on the needles that I’m really excited about. The swatch is beautiful and it’s on big needles and worsted weight yarn! Something new and different for me!

Holla Knits Giveaway Winners!

Last week the Holla Knits Blog Tour stopped here and I hosted a giveaway for THREE of my new patterns!

Winners are:

#22: Dagny at Jenny Pie Productions

#5: Katie Lynn

#29: Kae

Congrats, winners! You’ve been emailed. And be sure to keep up with the Holla Knits blog tour here:

April 16th: Holla Knits Blog – Collection debut
April 17th: The Sweatshop of Love – Review and pattern giveaway
April 18th: FiberStory.tv – Interview with designer Emma Welford
April 19th: Emma Welford/Kangaroo Dyer – Review and yarn giveaway
April 20th: Knits in Class – Review and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway, discounts
April 23rd: Under the Red Umbrella – Review and pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
April 24th: Skacel – Review and yarn, pattern, and needles giveaway, additional subscriber exclusive yarn and needles giveaway
April 25th: Knit Darling – Review and pattern giveaway
April 26th: The Owl and the Bee – Review and pattern giveaway
April 27th: Dirty Water DyeWorks – Review and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway, discounts
April 30th: Wooly Wonka Fiber Arts – Review and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
May 1st: Knitted Bliss – Review and pattern giveaway
May 2nd: FiberStory.tv – Interview with designer Lily Ubbelohde
May 3rd: Knit Picks Blog Stash – Review, podcast interview with designer Allyson Dykhuizen, and pattern giveaway
May 4th: Subway Knitter – Review and pattern giveaway

Cowls Aplenty

Even though Holla Knits just came out a week ago, I’ve been done with all the Holla Knits knitting for a few weeks now. Since then I’ve been working on new patterns for WORK+SHELTER, the woman’s shelter in India I’ve been working with.

Chevron

Knit Boxes Stitch Pattern

Eyelet Stitch Pattern

They are kind of a study in stitch patterns. It’s been fun figuring out which stitch patterns look good knit up in which size needles, and if the cowl is folded or larger, what stitch pattern looks good from the front and the back.

But mostly it’s just been a lot of knitting fingering weight yarn on size 6 needles while watching episode after episode of Gilmore Girls.

Tea Dyed Yarn

Katie Canavan, designer of Holla Knits Finishing School and my good friend has come on board with the project and has been experimenting with tea dying for a future yarn lines and yarn used in the shelter. It’s beautiful, right? It’s pretty amazing that you can get such great natural colors from soaking yarn with tea.

More on all of this soon of course. But for right now I’m back to my tiny needles and my Gilmore Girls!

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New Pattern! Umbre Lovre

Umbre Lovre is a loose fitting tee with umbre striping and stained glass like polka dot detailing at the top and bottom. It’s worn off the shoulder and easily thrown over a tank for a fun, flirty look. It’s as no nonsense to wear as it is to knit, and I’m sure picking out colors will be your biggest challenge!

Tee is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are held while front is finished, then picked back up for back. All colors are held and worked up the side of the tee.

Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference, with 6” positive ease. Tee shown in Knit Picks Comfy Sport in pinks shown in size 36″, and in Knits in Class Sport in blues show in size 40”.

Yarn Knit Picks Comfy Sport, 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136yds/50g: Whisker (MC), 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins, Pomegranate (CC1), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) skeins, Peoney (CC2), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) skeins, and Flamingo (CC3), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) skeins.

Yarn Knit Picks Comfy Sport, 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136yds/50g: Whisker (MC), 3, (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins. Knits in Class Sport, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 270 yds: Emerald (CC1), 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins, Peacock (CC2), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins, Lagoon (CC3) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” or larger circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holder or scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

Gauge 22 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st.

Buy Now $6 ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

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