Monday, June 11, 2007

So...that's a kilometre of yarn?

So I have this bad habit of buying yarn from across the pond in the wee hours of the morning. It's usually a one night stand though because I often don't remember it in the morning, and wonder what I was thinking once the mailman delivers the package a few weeks later.Want an example? Check out this monster skein of Danish yarn (Kauni) whose yardage, or rather metreage, exceeds a kilometre! Here it is posing with our growing Lolo (who is already 3 months old!) for scale:

It's the largest skein I've ever seen! The ball winder couldn't handle that much yarn so I had to break it down into 4 balls. Surprisingly, I wound it mostly by myself with practically no tangles! It was a very proud moment since I'm notorious at spaghettification ;0)

I have no idea what to knit with it though. The colour transitions from yellow to gold to dark green to chartreuse and back again but the stripes seem really wide. There's enough in there for a sweater for myself, but I'll probably end up making something for the kidlets instead... I don't have the time or the patience for a grown-up garment right now. I'm all about instant gratification these days. Like this grass stuffie, for instance (a free pattern from mochimochi)!

I came across the pattern the other night and cast on for it right away. I used Knit Picks Shine Worsted in the 'grass' colourway and must say that while it's nice to work with, this yarn is not great. I kept pulling fluff out of it as I knit and after being handled by my curious boys for about an hour this afternoon, it's already mega pilly! Good thing I snapped a few pics before introducing it to the little hands;0)

And now for something completely different, here's a video of my boys building elephant towers on Saturday morning. So sweet! How I delight in these little moments. Swoon!

Happy knitting!

PS - My husband and I want to thank you for your kind support and words of encouragement this week. Reading your stories made us feel a lot better about the situation and though we don't want to jinx it, we're following a really good lead... ;0)


  1. Anonymous7:23 a.m.


    I LOVE that word... and that yarn looks yummy!


  2. Anonymous11:41 a.m.

    Oh, I'm glad to hear about the "lead" you have. Also, thanks for sharing your opinion of the Knit Picks Shine. I had been wondering about it myself. I did the "Andean Treasure" yarn for your cardigan for Merry stand up? Any pilling or itchiness?

  3. I do some sleep shopping myself! It makes for great fun at the mail box. :)

  4. That is one huge skein of yarn. When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was a regular size skein on top of a picture of a baby!

  5. Anonymous9:33 p.m.

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE the "ellephanant" tower and was giggling away with how he stood back and admired his work every so often saying "look at that!" i will definitely be showing that to my girlies tomorrow :-)

    and that yarn? oh my you are going to make a gazillion grass stuffies and java cuffs even after you complete sweaters for the entire family :-)

  6. I love how proud J is of himself!

  7. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Gorgeous green! And very very cute kids. :)

  8. you have a super cute family!!! and I'm so off to make some blades of grass for decoration at my apt. with the heat we're having in Tx, I doubt I'll keep any plants alive this year!

  9. Glad you have some leads with your husband's work situation! Your ball of yarn made me laugh. Perhaps it will make a self-striping sweater for your kids?

  10. Anonymous2:02 p.m.

    Wow, that is a gigantic skein of yarn!! Lolo looks so cute in his little swing. :)

  11. Anonymous4:01 a.m.

    I always feel so guilty for not even remembering what I had in mind when I ordered yarn in the night. I totally forget ordering it too. It's like something from Santa (so says my bank account). BTW,I have an HP plant near my home, but don't know much about it because I work for Micron, another big company that is downsizing and sending a lot of production work to China now. Anyway, I live near Boise, Idaho. Thanks for the video of your little boy building his elephant tower. He's adorable and so is his personality.

  12. hi. i guess i've been a lurker. i discovered you on flickr. just wanted to know i read your blog sometimes and always enjoy it. i'm impressed you have two small children and still have a great blog and knit some too! glad to hear there are some leads for your husband. i'm sure it will all work out.

  13. So, so cute. You have a beautiful family (and beautiful yarn)! My thoughts are with you all during this time of transition.

  14. Anonymous5:11 p.m.

    Your boys are absolutely beautiful!

    And the grass stuffy is hysterical! I'm going to make one for sure!

  15. I just saw the video and Julian is such a brilliant boy. I noticed he knows exactly which is the right side of the elephants to pile them up!! And soo cute when he says 'look at that!'

  16. Anonymous1:08 a.m.

    oh my goodness...I loved watching your adorable, brilliant son! Gave me a twinge in my uterus lol! My son is 13 now and it seems like he was that little just yesterday. Wishing you many more beautiful moments and the best of luck in the job hunt.

  17. Anonymous4:42 p.m.

    Oh! The video of your family is so sweet and adorable :-)
    And I just love the grass stuffie! I might have to make one (not sure who I'd make it

  18. I have been a lurker on your blog since before baby Lolo was born. Just wanted to say I so enjoyed watching J build his elephant tower. What a sweet, sweet little boy : ) I just love that age, they are so cute and innocent

  19. What is the gauge of that Kauni yarn? I've seen some fair isle work done with it on other blogs, but they are usually in Danish so it's hard to figure things out! Is the yarn soft?

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