July 03, 2008

Oh blog, how I've missed you

Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Drawstring Pouch
Ravelry details here

From my favorite knitting book, with one of my favorite yarns, Alpaca Silk by Blue Sky Alpacas. And because inevitably, I am asked why I would knit a drawstring pouch, I use them as reusable (and luxurious) gift packaging.

I won't bore you with the long and drawn out final installment (I hope) of the cable internet saga I've been experiencing. The bottom line is that the cable company has installed brand new cable and my signal should be strong and consistently stable now. Murphy's Law is alive and well because while having no internet is really not fun, this was the week I needed it the most.

I resurrected a hibernating project but I purchased new colors to work with:


I'm going to use the free Kusha Kusha Scarf pattern as a guide, but I'm not switching needle sizes. My plan is to hold both yarns together and cast on 60 stitches on a Size 6 (US) Addi Lace needle and knit in stockinette till I'm out of yarn.

Here's a swatch:


It's a photo of the stitches on the purl side so you can see the two individual yarns better. I think I'm going to enjoy this version of the scarf much more.

August 03, 2007

Boom, Flash, Sizzle

Due to a sudden thunderstorm last night, I am now plodding along on dial-up. My cable modem is fried! (I sincerely apologize to you dial-up users, because I now know how long it takes to load my image-heavy blog).

This is what I've been working on.


It's the Kushu Kushu Kit (Kit #78) from Habu Textiles. I'm using grass green merino and gray silk stainless steel. Did you know they also make a wool stainless steel?

If I'm not mistaken, Vanessa's blog entry about her Habu scarf probably managed to start the Kushu Kushu craze. Olga had already worked with Habu and blogged about it as well. Early on, I clicked back and forth between Vanessa's and Olga's blogs to try to figure out which colors I wanted to use for my own Kushu Kusha scarf. So when Takako and the Habu Trunk Show came to Twisted Yarns, I was already feverish about getting my own stainless steel and merino Habu. My knitting progress is slow at the moment, but it's the only thing I'm working on right now. I'm not the only one who's found this scarf compelling -- check out Nora's, iSeL's, and Kat's. As if that's not enough, there's a great Flickr group also.

April 27, 2007

Habu Kusha Kusha Scarf

Kushu Kushu
From the Habu Trunk Show