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Projects Completed In 2007

  • Pineapple Pullover

  • Clay items - beads, etc.

  • Abi - Rowan Sweater

  • Several Beaded Necklace/Earring sets

  • Christmas Table Topper

  • Rhubarb (aka "Tomato") knit

  • Larger Than Life Bag - Crochet

  • Vogue Cardi #19 - Knit

  • Summer Bag - crochet

  • Lucy in the Sky with Bob - Knit

  • Spiderweb Cardi - Crochet

  • Bianca's Jacket - Knit

  • Something Red - knit

  • Two tea cozies - one knit, one crochet

  • Square Neck Tank top - knit

  • Doris Chan's Lace Cardi - crochet

  • Nantucket Jacket

  • Fish Bath Mat

  • Crocheted Triangles Purse

  • More dishcloths than one person should EVER make

  • Fountain Lace Cardi - Knit

  • 2 Knit & 1 Crocheted Calorimetries


  • Knitting Patterns Crochet Patterns by


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August 23, 2007



I was at Michaels last week and saw none of those except for Vanna's-I thought it was nothing special, Caron Simply Soft still has a better selection of colors and I rarely have the splitting problem some other complain about.

I hate the beginning of the year "germs" that get spewed, although E was okay last year, I tended to catch them from being at the school so much-annoying buggers.


It's probably just the way I knit, but I hate wrapped yarns - I keep sticking my needle into the wrap and breaking it :(

What's SWS?


I have mixed feelings about Vanna's Choice-- I think the colors are very pretty, and they're designed to go with each other very well. Which means, they don't really go with anything else, so you're limited to her chosen palette for any projects. Great for people (like me!) who have trouble coordinating multiple colors; bad for people who want the freedom to decide for themselves. Also: while the yarn itself is pretty soft, it's a little on the fuzzy side, so I think it's going to pill. Time will tell!


Beezie - I'm wondering if I'd find it softer actually working with it. Just feeling it at the store didn't do much for me at all. I did notice the fuzziness and was a little surprised.

Robbyn - SWS is Paton's soy/wool yarn. Self-striping & very nice worked up. :)It's the yarn I used for the Triangle Purse.

I don't like wrapped yarns just...because! ::grin:: Personal preference & all that. :)

Deneen - This cold is probably my own fault - I haven't been using my hand sanitizer like last year!


I'm getting started on Ariann too. Hopefully by this weekend. I took out the yarn and printed the pattern yesterday. I hope to swatch soon, just because I'm not sure what my gauge will be like on the Cascade 220 I plan to use.


Yikes! Only a week - hope it's brief, at least!

Thanks for checking into those new "craft store" lines! Sounds like there is some possibility, but they still don't really "get it".

And hooray - a start to Ariann :) Now the fun really begins!


I liked the colors of Vanna's yarn, but didn't think it was anything special otherwise. Might be good for charity knit/crocheted items.


Ahh - Thanks! Now I can sleep tonight :)

Haven't been to Michael's in ages - maybe time I checked it out again?


Ugh, not a new cold. Kids are incubators!

I actually like the Vanna yarn for an economy yarn. This Christmas I'm making over 40 scarves for gifts to save money while still passing along the Christmas spirit. I know most of my recipients wouldn't ever take good care of something wool or delicate, so acrylic is a good choice for 99% of them. Plus, when I'm making that many gifts in order to save some serious cash, I can't afford to use nice wools, etc. It isn't as cheap as Red Heart, but it feels much nicer (and it does soften after wash, too). I don't like how Caron SS tends to stretch over time (The hats and scarves I've made have stretched a lot!). But, I also know to call a spade a spade. It's an acrylic, economy type yarn. Not elegant by any means. But I do like the colors. Many seem autumn-y.

I liked the Bernat Alpaca and thought it would make a cozy scarf for these northern New England winters. I'm very disappointed in the cashmere, too. I agree--what's the point? And the bamboo is another disappointment because pastel colors mostly make me gag. :)

Yay for new SWS! I should check out Michael's soon. I need a big felted purse and a new scarf for moi.


I'm making an afghan right now using Vanna's Choice. It's softer while working with it than it looks in the store. Since it's just for around the house and will probably be the brunt of many washings, I hope that the fuzziness doesn't drive me crazy over time.


My Michaels had the Bamboo displayed in the baby yarn section. As you mentioned, the colors seem suited to that use. I have used the SWS for felting by hand with good results. As to Vanna's yarn, I don't see the need for another line of worsted acrylic, but I like the colors. I think it's being marketed for crocheted afghans, which is what Vanna is known for ( besides that TV show, of course).

I love your overviews of magazines. Are you still going to write about the Vogue anniversary issue that you mentioned? hint.
And the Sandra with the summer cover? I've never seen an issue, how does it compare with the others?


I was wondering about Vanna's yarn. I sawit advertized somewhere.

Carrie K

You were having problems casting on? Maybe it's not knitting hating just me. Maybe knitting is having a few bad days. (Knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, needlepoint, woodwork, I'll take anything here.)

Great color for Ariann.

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