Basic Cable Hat i.e. Aggressive Stashbusting

I bought another skein to swatch the Vogue pentagram sweater with. I could tell right away that it wasn't right for the sweater, but I did fall in love with the yarn and had to knit it up asap. It is called "Silkdream" by Lang yarns. It was reccommended to me by the owner of Yarn Paper Scissors, a new yarn shop in Burlingame.

It has been freezing lately in SF, and without the yardage for gloves or a scarf, I decided on the Basic Cable hat from Stitch n' Bitch Nation. Pretty quick and easy, except for the pom pom. This is the first time I have ever made one and it sure was a pain in the butt to pull the yarn through the circle about 200 times. I do love the hat, though.


No News is Good News

No blogging for a while because I have been plugging away at Saffron Cables. I'm in the home stretch now.

But I've been cheating again... I fell in love with this:

I couldn't help but do a little yarn research and bought a couple skeins and did a couple of swatches!

The left swatch is karabella aurora 8. I think this is similar to the berroco merino that is called for. The stitches are clear, the gauge is correct, but I am worried about how dense the little sweater will be. The second is rowan kid classic. The gauge is a little bit off, the stitches are not as distinct, but it is so light and fluffy and fuzzy. And I love the color. Maybe I should try it again on a smaller needle? I'm not sure which I prefer.