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More crochetyknitter travels!

So you know that saying “Better late than never?” Well, this post is SO LATE. I visited a lovely lys at the end of July, and I am only now doing a write-up on it. I know. It’s now December. Shh…

Anyway, I had the pleasure to visit the small and cozy shop that is The Swift Stitch in Santa Cruz, CA when I was lucky enough to attend an academic conference in the magical town. I hopped in a Zipcar from the UCSC campus and wound my way down the mountainous terrain to this cute little spot. 

While this lys was a bit small, they still had a good selection of yarns that I don’t see too often. I also snuck in when they were having a sale on the entire store. SCORE. The woman working in the store was welcoming and not the in-your-face, tell-me-how-I-can-help-you type, which always makes me like a lys even more. 

I ended up snagging some discount Louet Gems Sport in UC colors, because I had to commemorate the occasion. Let me know if you have a good shawl pattern for two skeins of this yarn; I’m still searching for a good way to use up all the yardage at once.


If you find yourself in the South Bay, check out this cute spot next to yummy-smelling restaurants and other cute shops (that’s if you can pull yourself away from the beach and the redwoods).

30 Days of Knitting: Day Three

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

The question is not do I, but how many. :D 

1. White Pine Cardigan: I’ve had this on the needles for almost a year, and I just need to finish one sleeve, do the decreases for the shoulders, and then knit the buttonband. It’s not that much more work, and then I have to block it, but I really should get on it. 

2. Floral Brocade Mittens: Another project that’s been on the needles for far too long – probably five years at this point. To be fair, I lost them in my stash for a large chunk of that time, but I only have the second thumb to knit, and then weaving in the ends. 

3. A pair of stripey socks in the “Caramel Apple Cider” colorway from Rock and String Yarn

4. Laminaria: This is in Madelinetosh tosh lace in…”Nebula”, I think? I keep losing count and having to rip it back, so it’s currently in time-out. 

That’s all I can find, currently, but I’m pretty sure I have more, just stashed out of sight! 

List of questions!

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I needed something for my hands to do between waiting for for the next designs for the sock calendar to open, and I had this yarn ready in a ball from another project I didn’t use it for. Browsed some patterns on Ravelry and came across this one skein shawl. Super simple and clever pattern, and perfect for an evening knit when you’re watching TV, I think I spent three nights on it. I blocked it very tense because I wanted it thin and webby and I’d say blocking worked perfectly.

Don’t love the yarn (and it has since been discontinued) - for a wool/silk mix it’s not soft, and especially when wet it comes apart by pulling. I also like my color changes a bit more gradual - but I think it works in a shawl like this.

Pattern: Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang by Stitchnerd Designs
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Souk
Colorway: Casual (3)