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April 28, 2017

Look what came in the mail today!  I squeaked with joy when I opened my package of Woolfolk Luft, with enough yarn to make the  gorgeous Marmor Cardigan by Regina Moessmer.  Garter stitch has a lovely, modern texture and it's simplicity and elegance works especially well with a luxurious yarn. Keeping in mind that garter fabric can sag if too heavy and/or not stabilized, choose a lightweight yarn and stabilize with some seams!  Or, in the case of Marmor, use slip stitch faux seams at the sides and up the back to not only stabilize but add decoration.  The yarn suggested is Woolfolk's Luft, an aran weight yarn that is utterly lightweight with a 109 yards of mighty aran/bulky weighing in at only 50 grams.  The Woolfolk folk worked with sheep breeders to hybridize a new merino sheep.  They call the result Ultimate Merino® with a micron count of 17.5, which means it's as soft as cashmere but as strong as merino.  For Luft yarn, the merino is blown into a white net cotton cage resulting in a light weight yarn with an angelic halo.  It's heaven. I knit with Woolfolk Tynd before and love my sweater.  It's as soft as any cashmere I've knit or worn--for half the price.

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We're going on a cruise to Alaska soon, and I know that no matter what time of year or where I am, I am cold in every restaurant.  I'm hoping to finish this in time to take it.  Fingers crossed!

Come back this weekend and I'll announce the winners of the Kelmscott scissors.

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  1. You lucky girl! Beautiful yarn, beautiful sweater.


  2. Gorgeous yarn and stunning sweater pattern, Kristin. Re garter stitch: is the slipped stitch seam the same as EZ's "phoney" seam? She describes a sort of slipped stitch seam to stabilize garter stitch. It sounds great to me! This subject brings up a question for me. I know what a very experienced knitter you are but in a class I took once Jared Flood passed around his garter stitch Cobblestone with no seams and it was almost rigid. No lack of stability there. But he used a very firm rustic yarn, I think and I also think his gauge was very firm too. At least it appeared to be. Class time was tight so I couldn't ask him about that. But I'm inclined to think, per your advice, that in most cases a slipped stitch or real seam is very wise, particularly with softer yarns. Thanks for that tip and any more thoughts on this would be very appreciated. Thanks! Chloe


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