The one Zauberball that was missing from my last post was the one that was already a good portion of the way to becoming a finished knitted item. This Zauberball has had a good think about becoming a number of different things this year – […]
A few days ago Mr Awesome and I met with some of his extended family for a little get-together as his brother, who is usually stationed overseas, was visiting with his girlfriend. As I have been rather unwell since Christmas our visit was only brief and we spent a couple of hours chatting and eating with a room full of wonderful, lively people. As we left the festivities to continue behind us, Mr Awesome’s brother saw us out to the car and handed us a lovely hamper basket full of what we assumed to be biscuits and cheese type goodies in the darkness of the night.
When we got back home and unwrapped the lined wicker basket however, I spotted among the biscuits a brightly coloured ball of yarn.
As well as a book on DSLR photography and many other personal little treats was this wonderful Zauberball 100. Different from the other Zauberballs I have tried, the Zauberball 100 is made from 100% merino wool with no added nylon content. It is soft and wonderful to the touch when in the ball, and I think it will be very special when it is knit up into something beautiful.
As well as being an absolutely wonderful gift it has also reminded me to turn to my favourite yarns when I start knitting. I have been trying more often to knit from my most favourite items in my stash rather than keeping them away for something better one day. I know that I am a good knitter and I trust my sense of design and aesthetic now to make the best of my most treasured yarns, so I have decided to move towards what I have decided to call Port Zauberball. This will be the first port of call for new projects, especially when I am designing something from my stashed yarns I shall turn to those few ‘special’ yarns in my stash. They might not all actually be Zauberballs, but there are few yarns that I keep so specially guarded so it helps to create a handy little memo to myself.
Finished in early March, the first project from A Year Of Techniques was a pair of Hyacinthus Armwarmers knit in my favourite yarn, Zauberball. Knit over the course of a week, this simple little project pretty much flew off the needles. With minimal shaping and […]
Free shipping is an awful thing. Really, the temptation to bump an order over a specific price point to meet the minimum spend to qualify for free shipping is the reason behind a fair chunk of my stash, and so when I purchased the yarn for what I shall call the Mystery Ear Project* and a little cardigan, somehow a Zauberball fell into my online basket. So… oops. The fact that it pretty much doubled the price of the order but did take it over the minimum spend for free shipping may have been a factor in its journey to me.
However, the yarn was not a stash item, as I had decided that after all of the recent baby knitting, that I would knit something for myself, and decided that it was time to design a new shawl. I liked the muted, autumnal colours of the Wer Hat Die Kokosnuss colourway and thought that it would make a nice knit for the season.
After a number of days swatching stitches and charting patterns and repeats, working out what shape I wanted my finished shawl and the progressions in motifs I’d take to get there, I felt confident in my pattern and so brought this new little beauty out of its temporary resting spot to become something new.
But, for some reason, I just didn’t like the way it was working with the pattern. Something in me wanted the Zauberball to work within something more graphically striking than the lace patterns I had been working on. But on the other hand I also loved the lace that I had started. So, with a heavy heart I started to unravel my work, knowing that I loved both yarn and pattern, but they did not make the perfect couple. I wanted something bolder, with a little extra solidity for the lace shawl, worked up in a nice 4-Ply yarn, and I had just the yarn to answer the call.
The Yarn Yard ‘Clan’, in a bright, vivid purple. It’s a far cry from the muted warm greens, golds, taupes, greys and browns of the Zauberball, but it’s colour and structure worked with the pattern I had formed straight away. As a matter of interest I also overheard the other day that after a bit of a hiatus that Natalie Fergie of The Yarn Yard has re-opened her shop, much to the delight of customers who bought out her entire stock within minutes, so if you are on the look out, you may have to stalk and pounce the next time there is an update…
The shock of colour is a joy to knit, and even in its un-blocked state I love the way that the stitch and yarn are working together. Sometimes it’s just a simple change that can make all the difference to a project and the confidence the knitter feels in their work.
Now I am back in my happy knitting place. I am enjoying writing and working this pattern, and enjoying both my yarn and the pace of the knitting. The stitches are building up at a nice rate and slipping from some of my favourite needles, as I do enjoy knitting lace on the Knitpro Karbonz: the warm strength of the carbon needles and nice metal tips are a noticeably different feel to the wooden tips, and my work seems to jog along quite merrily on them.
At the moment I need something that I can immerse myself in to try to distract myself from the discomforts of late pregnancy, but the lace pattern is memorable after a short while, so though I am not without concentration, I am not having to refer to my notes for every stitch. It may be a while before I finish the pattern, but when I do I hope it will one day join the others in the Eskimimi Makes pattern library.
*The Mystery Ear Project has, sadly, come to a bit of a halt. I had hoped to get it tested and ready for release once Baby Awesome was with us, but I’ve been asked not to request testing in the Patterns Testing group on Ravelry due to the impending due date of his arrival. That’s fair enough, I suppose anything could happen and I might not be immediately available to answer any queries, so I have no problem with being told not to, but it will sadly mean that I am unable to release the absolutely epic amounts of cuteness as a little celebration once he comes home to say hello.