Category Archives: Something fun and something new

Rondo with Bravo

I have been told I hoard yarn and don’t knit.  This may be – partially – correct but when I do knit I usually have 5-6 projects going at the same time.

This time I am surprised to find myself knitting with Bravo, a 100% acrylic yarn, hark!  I had intended to make a running/walking hat that I could throw into the wash without feeling guilty.   I am really surprised to find that I am thoroughly enjoying working with Bravo.  It is knitting up to make a soft and squishy finished garment with a wonderful stitch definition that allows the cable pattern to pop very nicely.

Rondo Hat Knitted with Bravo

The hat pattern I am using, Rondo (Ravelry link), has been in my queue for a while (Little Knits has no financial affiliation with the designer nor will we benefit from the sale of the pattern).   Rondo calls for a worsted weight yarn but I have found that the DK weight [Bravo][4] is working just fine.  I am using the same suggested needle sizes but went up in hat size and it seems to have worked out.

Rondo Hat

I love the crossover rib pattern used for the brim, it is by far the best rib pattern I have knitted.  It is pretty and stretches very nicely.  I have been knitting for two days, during the TV portion of my nights only, and I am more than half way done.

I wanted to share my experience with Bravo because I normally avoid acrylic and this has been a uniquely pleasant knitting experience.  And I wanted to mention Rondo, because it is a super cute hat pattern and the designer, Kate Oates, has provided instructions for 6 different hat sizes, which I love.

We have got a winner!

Thank you all very much for your comments and your feedback.  It is greatly appreciated.

We had a program select a random name from all the posts and Leilasgranny (Ravelry ID), won a beautiful hank of Peek a Boo Fly, a 65% superwash merino and 35% rayonized bamboo.   We like this yarn because it has a subtle silky sheen, a silky drape and it has a smooth beautiful hand.  It comes in 8 ounce hanks with 1120 yards, which is enough for an average size garment, a large shawl or several accessories.  Our first shipment of Peek a Boo Fly vanished quickly and we hope to get new colors in July.

Peek a Boo Fly

Leilasgranny is receiving the Cornflower color line, one of my favorite colors in this yarn line.  In addition, the first poster gets a $10 gift certificate to Little Knits – you know who you are. :)   We figured being the 1st must count for something, right?

Watch for the next blog give-away, which we hope will be a continuous event at Live Stitch.

Tuesday Blog Giveaway!

As we wait for the summer to arrive in Seattle (what happened to Spring?), I thought a blog giveaway was in order. 

All you have to do is to answer a question: please tell us the knitting and/or crochet product line that you would most like to see at Little Knits.  This question is not limited to yarn lines.  Your answer can be anything from a pattern line to bags, knitting needles/crochet hooks, simply put anything that you feel is important for your knitting/crochet needs.  Just let us know your suggestions and we will enter your name into the pool from which we will pull a name . 

We will announce the winner here and at Little Knits’ Ravelry group.  Before I forget, the winner will receive an 8 ounce hank of Fly Designs’ yarn with plenty of yardage for a shawl or a big stole or a light top that will keep your warm without being too toasty.  This way you too can participate in the Fly Designs’ KAL, of course, only if you would like to.  The name of the yarn we will be giving away, which is simply gorgeous, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday morning.  You have until midnight of the 22nd to respond (June 22nd, 2010).

Look forward to seeing you here!