1.14.2013

Big Knits with Blue Sky Alpaca

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Knitting is my favorite thing to do these days, with a cup of coffee and a good podcast. In the winter, I always have my needles with me, in case I want to knit on the bus or stab an attacker when walking under the shady overpass near my office.

Over the holidays I knit a few circle scarves for dear buddies. These pictured are just simple variations on the Jane Richmond Marian pattern I posted a while back. My favorite yarn for thick and quick jobs is Blue Sky Alpaca's bulky alpaca/wool blend. This yarn is so soft and dreamy, I'm half tempted to build a giant cocoon out of it, in which I will live out the rest of my days. If a new me hatched from an alpaca yarn cocoon, would I emerge an alpaca?

Oh, and THIS:

I taught Kurt how to knit last night.

I taught Kurt how to knit last weekend. After I went to bed that night, he stayed up and knit until 3 AM while watching space documentaries. When I woke up to go to work the next morning, he sleepily asked from his side of the bed, "Did you see my towel?" His towel: a 3"x5" knit square, still in progress. Cute, cute.

Fun fact: When he worked in construction, he'd "crochet" his extension chords so they wouldn't get tangled. Clever man, that one.

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From the Whirly Bird archives: Attack of the Giant Knit Scarves!  |  Knitted Coffee Cozy  |  Giant Knit Cowl
My knitting/crochet Pinterest Board.
Favorite podcasts to knit to: Radiolab, The Story, Spilled Milk, This American Life

Do you like to knit? (If so, what are you working on?) What is your favorite podcast? I'd love to know!

7 comments:

  1. They look so cozy! 2 stitches/inch makes such a nice and squishy fabric. I'm impressed with your husband's knitting skills, too!

    Clearing I'm a knitting freakazoid, so I'm always working on something. : ) I just cast on for this sweater:
    http://quinceandco.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=42

    I like to listen to knitting podcasts (although it's hard to find ones that are well-done and not too rambling or with bad audio) but my favorite non-knitting is Stuff You Should Know. Their latest episode investigates the facts behind the 5 second rule. Highly recommended!

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    1. Thanks, Dayna! I got so many compliments on my first one, so I decided to make more for Christmas gifts. I still haven't moved on to sweaters, unless you count the one I made for Harold. The Quince & Co. cardigan is beautiful, it's actually on my "If I get good enough, I want to knit this" list. I'm going to try a pattern of theirs for a hat soon. I'm excited to try their yarn.

      I will definitely subscribe to the Stuff You Should Know Podcast. Good call.

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    2. Their yarn is my favorite. One of my local yarn stores just started carrying it, and the first time I went I stood in front of the shelf for about 35 minutes just staring and petting it. It's awesome quality, and USA-made too - bonus!

      I hope you enjoy SYSK - Josh and Chuck make me laugh a lot, and I always learn something new. They're actually just starting a TV show on the Science Channel too - it premieres tomorrow I think!

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    3. I wish there was more yarn petting in my life - The Knit Nook closed, you know. I order most of my yarn now. Also, have you seen Quince & Co's guest posts on the blog, Frolic? Such cute ideas. I think I will make the hat that was posted there.

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  2. I listen to a few podcasts religiously, but my current favorite is Snap Judgement. It's from NPR and includes all these crazy stories of things people have done/witnessed/experienced. What can you recommend podcast-wise?

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    1. Oooh, I will add Snap Judgement to my podcast subscriptions. Thanks! Right now I love American Public Media's The Story. Also, my old standbys are Radiolab and This American Life. TAM has a pretty amusing piece on imitation calamari this week that made me laugh and feel ill all at once. Haha

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  3. I know exactly which calamari piece you mean. :)

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