Archive for March, 2010

One More Day of Winter Please

March 15, 2010

What kind of crazy request is that? Well, this weekend I pulled out some yarn that I bought several years ago at Knitche in Downers Grove, Illinois, and knit up a scarf that I want to wear one time before it is stowed away till next winter.

I wanted to knit a scarf on autopilot, but something other than a simple garter stitch. After looking through several knitting books, I came across the “hurdle rib” in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge and decided to knit the entire scarf in this stitch pattern. In the sample swatch in the book, it almost has a cross-stitch effect. This effect was pretty much lost in my scarf, I think, because of the bulky, variegated yarn used. No matter because the scarf still, in my opinion, looks pretty darn good. The yarn is essentially two strands of different colors twisted together; of the two skeins used, there were only several color combinations that repeated.

The hurdle rib should be used with an even number of stitches. Knit the first two rows and then knit 1, purl 1 for the next two rows; just repeat this four-row pattern until you reach the desired length.

I wish I knew more about the yarn, but the tag had limited information: “Hand-plyed, natural dyed 70% merino/30% angora worsted/heavy worsted.” The gauge listed was 3 to 3.5 stitches per inch on U.S. needles sizes 9 – 11. I used two skeins of yarn and cast on 22 stitches on size 11 needles. The finished scarf measures 42 inches long.

Only Five More Days Till Liberty of London Arrives at Target

March 9, 2010

In less than a week, on Sunday, March 14th, the Liberty of London for Target home collection will hit stores across the country. The first round of products will focus on home and garden, including decorative accessories, storage products, garden boots, watering cans, and even a bike! Apparel will follow in future weeks. After seeing the video on Target’s website showcasing the new line, I can’t wait. Maybe it’s just that I’m so done with winter and am hoping I can buy spring by purchasing a few floral mugs . . . wishful thinking I know.

The clothes look great, but unfortunately I don’t think they were designed with my body type in mind. Personally, I am eying the men’s shirts – and I’m not sure many men are going to go for the florals so I am hoping to have my pick. You can see the clothing here.

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With Liberty of London fabrics, it is all about the high thread count, beautiful colorwork, and fine printing – the cloth feels and drapes almost like silk even though it is 100% cotton.  I’m bracing myself for a different interpretation from Target but hope they don’t go too far in compromising what Liberty is all about in order to meet their price points.

If you have not checked out Liberty of London’s yard goods, you can visit their website to see the complete line. The fabrics can be hard to find here in the U.S., but a couple of great sources are Purl Soho and International Fabric Collection. It is indeed expensive, but on the few times I have splurged, I have tried to justify my purchase with the fact that the fabric is after all 53 inches wide. Here are a couple favorites from PurlSoho’s collection.

Enjoy browsing!