Daily Archives: November 7, 2010

Why Reading The Label is a Good Thing

If you don’t, you end up with a partially felted blanket/project. (Felted portions have raspberry dots next to them to point them out.)

I was going to write a yarn review, because I SWORE this yarn claims to be superwash. Before going off though, I decided to check the Ravelry page, which led me back to the page from the online store I purchased it from. Sure enough, it says it is not superwash as I believed. So there goes my ammunition.
This is Yarn Love Anne Shirley and was washed in icy cold water on the gentle/handwash cycle. Yeah. Not superwash at all. In fact, I’m wondering how it would have fared being handwashed.
The colors are gorgeous. The yarn is lofty and soft. Even the felted sections are lovely and snuggly. Since the washing mistake was mine, I can’t think of anything negative to say about the yarn, since I should have known better. I didn’t even run into any schlubby bits in the skeins.
So there you go.

Inspiration

I have yet to knit from them, but my Japanese knitting and crochet books are a huge source of inspiration for me.

How could I not be inspired by them? The patterns are intricate and beautiful. They’re photographed and styled beautifully. American magazines could definitely learn a thing or two from Japanese craft books.

03 new ones arrived today and I’ve been gleefully paging through them and making mental note of all the patterns I want to get to when I have the time to adjust for size and have the proper stash to work with it (06 in one, 04 in the second, and 02 in the third). The curious can go check my library on Ravelry: I’ve already found them in the database and added them to my collection.

Time to pump out those hand dyes and get some beautiful solid neutrals into stash.