December 20th, 2013

Comfort Knitting

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I’ve been knitting so many small projects lately, for the ease of finishing them in a week or less. It also gives me a great excuse to try lots of different yarns and I’ve been branching out in my needle choices as well. But I’ve been seduced by a sweater pattern, and like dating, I want to find just the right yarn to settle down with since I’ll be living with it for a while. I think I’ve happened upon the best thing ever–Shalimar Homage DK.  I had an argument with myself about whether to go with the fabulously-named color “Land! Katie Scarlett” or the less-fabulous “Lagoon”, but the ” Lagoon” won, and I took a skein home to swatch. It’s just lovely. Smooth, with some subtle color Shalimar Homage DK in Lagoonshadings of blue and grey, but not muddy or with any pooling of darker colors. It knits right to gauge and when I washed my swatch (of course I washed it. Don’t you?) it bloomed but didn’t get fuzzy or pill-y. I think I’m going to really enjoy the miles of stockinette stitch my sweater pattern demands, and when it’s finished, I’ll have a soft, beautiful garment that will last forever. I think I’ll knit it on my current favorite needles, Karbonz; and I think I might even drop a hint about getting the Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set, with the 4.5″ tips and 4 different cables. They hold the yarn smoothly while the pointy tips let me knit at top speed, which is a bonus with a sweater that includes pleats and a shawl collar. I’ll call it my “Happy New Year” gift, since Hanukkah is just a memory now. I hope your New Year includes all the yarn you need and some you don’t!

Comfort Knitting with Shalimar Yarns Homage DK

Amy G.
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4 Responses to “Comfort Knitting”

  1. guest Says:

    Could people share what they think about Chia Goo needles? I bought one pair at a knitting class and liked them a lot, but only know of one shop in my state that sells them.

  2. Linda Says:

    Since the colors are not solid, do you gave any suggestions for using multiple skeins in a sweater to avoid color mistakes?

  3. Sara Delaney Says:

    Hi Linda,
    We recommend knitting with 2 or even 3 skeins at a time, alternating every two or three rows to mitigate any color pooling that might highlight the differences between your skeins.

  4. Sara Delaney Says:

    We don’t currently carry the Chiaogoo needles but you might want to check out the Chiaogoo Forum on Ravelry –

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