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May 12, 2006

Kits part deux

How about some more kits? One note before we get started, most of the time I'm throwing complete skeins into the kits for two hats but if you really feel like you won't have the time to knit two hats, just let me know and I'll split the skeins and make two kits out of one.

Fun Kits:

Ha Cha Cha - bright, fiery colors should tickle any kid. On the left is red wool (Peace Fleece I think, I'm writing this at work) and on the right is about 1/2 a skein of Splash which is really furry and will hide just about any fiber carried with it. So this is probably best as a trim or a jazzy stripe through the hat.

ha cha cha


Rose and Blue - imaginatively named, I know. Rose colored Patons Divine on the left and Baghdad Blue Peace Fleece on the right. The Divine is very furry and really takes over whatever it is being knit with so it might be better to stripe with this. There is a ton of yardage on the Divine skein so I thought I would actually split this skein in half but if you want the whole skein and think you can use it I'll send you the whole thing. These two fibers combined should end up being fairly chunky. Probably enough here for two to three hats.

rose and blue


Summertime - this should be a really fun one to do. On the bottom is a forest green Peace Fleece and on top is a rainbow Katia Danubio. I love knitting with both of these. Combined, these will be fairly chunky but they should be so pretty! I can't wait to see this one whether the strands are carried together for the whole hat or striped. If you stripe you will have enough for two hats.


Fall Leaves - here is that beautiful chocolate Pastaza again paired with an autumn palette Splash. This should be really nice. Again, Splash dominates when it is knit with a strand of wool so you will have to make some design choices on striping or trim but the colors are lovely and the feathery furriness is fun for kids. I had originally planned a fall hat for myself with this trim thinking it would look exotic and Dr. Zhivago-ish. There is enough here for at least two hats.

fall leaves


Creative Kits:

Noro del Uruguay - what would you do with this? The end of a skein of Noro Kureyon and about half a skein of Manos del Uruguay and about half of a skein of Patons Divine. I can't wait to see what some clever, brave person does with this kit!

noro del uraguay


I won't be posting kits this weekend so come by Monday for more goodness. Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers' Day to all you Moms out there!

May 11, 2006

The first Dulaan kits

The first pass through my house and yarn stash has yielded some great fiber for Dulaan kits. As I was organizing the yarns into sets I realized I have two categories: fun and creative.

The fun kits are no brainers. Their potential is clear and the biggest decision you will have to make is whether to stripe or not.

The creative kits are my favorite. These are the combinations that are less obvious and someone will have to be creative in their design. These are the kind of challenges that always yield the best results for me. These kits also tend to be the more expensive, finer fibers.

A lot of these kits will also need to be knit with bigger needles as I'm giving you two yarns that, combined, will present as a chunky or bulky weight fiber.

I will throw in a sheet with a basic roll brim hat pattern and a scarf/hat pattern and might even write in some suggestions or ideas but what you do with the kits are entirely up to you. So be creative, have fun, and share the final results with me so I can share them with everyone else!

Let us begin:

These are two hats I made carrying two strands of fiber which is what I'm suggesting with these kits.

The first hat used two small left over balls of Cascade 220. I knit with one color until I ran and and then just picked up and used the second ball. Through the whole hat I carried a strand of lace-weight white mohair to pull it together. You can see the cap of the hat is whiter but with the same mohair through the whole hat it just looks like a progression of color.

blue roll brim

The second hat I used pink Cascade 220 and carried along a strand of Funky Fur. The wool will keep the hat warm and the novelty yarn makes it cute for some little girl. I knit it pretty tight and with that acrylic fun fur I swear this thing is waterproof!

pink fuzzy roll brim

So almost all of these kits are based on the two-strand design. A wool carried along with a novelty yarn or a mohair. This is a really easy method of jazzing up a plain piece of knitting. If you are a beginner knitter, you can do this. You don't do anything differently; you just keep the two strands together while you knit them up. They are a lot of fun to knit and they go very quickly. I think the kids will really like the result.

I have quite a few kits so why don't I do five a day right now. If there is more demand I'll step it up.

Fun Kits:

The Rainbow Mohair Kit - SPOKEN FOR - this kit will make at least two hats and you might even be able to squeeze a third out of it. Starting from the left we have Peace Fleece in Baghdad Blue (I don't know the yardage but the skein is complete), then we have Artful Yarns Portrait (a mohair blend) in beautiful rainbow colors. Then we have a skein of fuchsia Lamb's Pride bulky which is a wool/mohair blend. Personally I would do one blue hat with the rainbow mohair and one pink hat with the rainbow mohair and then a hat striping the blue and pink and maybe a little mohair trim if there is any left over there.

rainbow mohair kit


The Classic Tweeds Kit - SPOKEN FOR - this white lace-weight mohair has had a little use but most of the skein is still there. I couldn't tell you the yardage. Enough for one hat and maybe some trim for a second. Or trim for one and striping for another. The middle skeins are left over Cascade 220 in a blue on blue variegation. This is one of the colors I used for my blue hat at the top of the post. The grey was a gift from a thoughtful fellow knitter. I have been hoarding it out of love for its beautiful heatheriness but it deserves to be useful. It is a wool blend and has just a bit of sheen to it so that the mohair pairing will likely be spectacular.

classic tweeds kit


Spring at the Beach Kit - I am inordinately fond of blue/brown pairings so this one speaks to me. On the left is a skein of Cascade Pastaza which is a beautiful chocolate brown 50/50 llama/wool mix. It has beautiful silver hairs that shoot through this. On the right is a skein of Bell Epoque, a wool/acrylic blend. It is a fun boucle with sparkly hair and silky hair. There is just enough champagne coloring that it will pair nicely with the pastaza. These two fibers will combine to make a bulky weight. There is 132 yards of Pastaza and only 55 yards of Bell Epoque so you can do two hats of striping or a trim of Bell Epoque.

spring at the beach kit


Classic Stripes - back to the basics with this one. Left over balls of blue Cascade 220 and a full skein of a merino/alpaca blend in pink. I've lost the labels to both but there will be enough for at least one hat and maybe some fiber to stripe with leftovers you have for a second hat.

classic stripes


Creative Kits:

It Ain 't Easy Being Green - this is our first creative kit. On the left is some left over variegated green wool. I think it was Arcana but it is really lovely. On the right is a skein of Patons Twister. This is comprised of a strand of lime green chenille and a strand of a white furry fiber. I have no idea how these are going to pair up. The weight is going to be strange so I don't think you can stripe and the green variegated may be completely lost. At the very least you can use the Arcana to make a hat and keep the Twister as a parting gift.

it aint easy being green

Claim your kit in the comments. Don't worry if you don't see your comment appear immediately I have the junk filter set pretty high but I will still see them and they will be time-stamped when they were submitted, not when I published them.

The comments template has dropped the name and email fields for some reason. I didn't mess with it so I don't know why it is doing this but please sign your comment and leave some kind of email. I suggest you embed something in your email to prevent the nasty spammers from harvesting it. "beth at earthlink dot net" works well or even "beth@dontyoudarespamme.earthlink.net." Protect your email!

Feel free to pass on the word to anyone you think might be interested in these kits. Personally, I think a giant yarn swap would be a lot of fun for this activity. Sometimes novelty, like knitting someone else's yarn, creates momentum. And this can be a last push to meet our goal right before the deadline.

Dulaan or bust!

May 09, 2006


I have begun the arduous task of manually putting back all my archives that I lost in The Great Earthlink Goat Rodeo of 2005. The blog meltdown that I experienced occurred at the height of my work on my Master's thesis (which, ironically enough was about blogging) so I just did what I needed to do to get the blog back up and running and made sure there were a few links that worked.

Hopefully this month I'll get all the archives back and get all the links working and templates in place.

On the knitting front, I have actually been pretty productive as I crank out Dulaan items. It has been all-hats-all-the-time for a while but I think I need to branch out a bit. Get a few sweaters done and I'm thinking one of those spiffy hat/scarf combos is in order.

I was on an organization bender this weekend and I'm actually horrified at the amount of extraneous yarn I have hanging about. So I'd like to throw out an idea to you. I'll put together little Dulaan kits. Yarn and patterns for hats and scarf/hats and send them, free of charge, to anyone that wants them. You will be responsible for knitting them and sending them into F.I.R.E. 

Does this sound interesting to anyone? Would you like to make them mystery packages or do you want to see the kits ahead of time? We can do both if it tickles your fancy. I'll put together some kits tomorrow and photograph them so, at the very least, you can get an idea of the fiber-fun I have put together.

Knit on!