KNITTING UPDATE #33 | ALL THE KNITTING ACQUISITIONS

Pfjew, warning, this is gonna be a long post. I kind of really got my shit together this week, knit quite a lot, did a few adminny things, and organized new knitting acquisitions. So instead of rambling on for a couple of more rows in this introduction, I’d better dive into it straight away!

knitting acquisitions

A FEW OF THE NEW THINGS

Finished objects

Herringbone headband test knit #2

Last week, I showed you my first test knit and this week I made a second and final one. I updated the row count for a better fit and tried out some sort of mattress stitch to close off the headband. The latter went perfect, the first not so much, because now it turned out a little toooo snug. It didn’t matter though, I just had to take the average row count of the first and second test knit and it would be perfect.

El Tablero headband #1

And that’s what I did, resulting in the first official shop-worthy herringbone headband that I’ve now renamed the El Tablero headband. Now doesn’t that sound gorgy? Like the San Agústin facecloth, the name derives from a place here on Gran Canaria. We live quite close to El Tablero, which is the nearest place for us with a shopping center and supermarket. What El Tablero and this headband have in common, is that they are both small and quite ordinary, but also pretty handy. Haha!

Chain Twenty El Tablero headband

YARN: DROPS BIG MERINO MIX AND UNI // COLOR: ANTHRACITE (#03) AND OLIVE (#13)
PATTERN: EL TABLERO HEADBAND BY CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON THE BLOG)
FINISHED EL TABLERO HEADBANDS SOON ON ETSY

El Tablero headband #2

I only have two different colors of Drops Big Merino with enough yardage to make an El Tablero headband: the anthracite I made my Long Island sweater out of, and a pretty olive green. So I planned to make only two for the shop. I do have some cream leftovers in my stash as well, so I may or may not do a striped one in the future, we’ll see.

Works in progress

Mae sweater

The Mae tunic has now officially become a Mae sweater, because I started adding long sleeves instead of short ones. I’m pretty disappointed this project is not a finished one this week, because the one sleeve that I finished literally flew of the needles. Still one more to go though.

Mae Andrea Mowry

YARN: DROPS ALASKA MIX // COLORS: DARK GREY (#05), LIGHT GREY (#03)
PATTERN: MAE BY ANDREA MOWRY

San Agústin facecloth #9 + pattern

Even though I’ve got the yarn for my sample knit now (which will be facecloth #9), I haven’t worked on the pattern this week. I did reach out to all people who offered to test knit and am in the midst of organizing them according to knitting- / pattern testing skills. I’ll select five to test the pattern, which I really hope to finish and send off this week!

YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#23)
PATTERN: SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTH BY CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON ETSY)
FINISHED SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS AVAILABLE ON ETSY

Zigzag blanket

There are more important things in life right now, but I couldn’t resist casting on a smaller version of the huge zigzag blanket I overconfidently casted on and ripped out last week. It’s such a mindless knit and perfect for on-to-go, so I did a lot of work on at in the car and at the pool. I’m still worried about how much this thing is gonna cost me (yarn- and timewise) and for how much I’ll have to sell it — if I ever will (probably over €200), but it’s just the kind of project I love making the most. So yeah, screw you, worries. Restarting the blanket in a smaller version also made me rethink the design of the stripes, which has now slightly changed — for the better!

poolside knitting

YARN: LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // WHITE (#07)
PATTERN: ZIGZAG BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY (IN THE WORKS)

Future projects

San Agústin facecloth #9, #10, #11, #12

Like I said, no further work on San Agústin facecloths. Can’t wait to start making these again though!

One Stop crop top

The yarn is here, so when all the shop projects are moving forward, I’ll cast this on asap.

YARN: DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC

Classic vest

Yarn for this one is here as well, but it will probably have to wait a couple of weeks (or more) before I have space on the needles for it.

YARN: RICO BABY COTTON SOFT DK PRINT // NAVY BLUE MOULINÉ (#36)
PATTERN: CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)

Acquisitions

I made sure to order everything I could possibly need in the foreseeable future and let it be shipped to The Netherlands before the boyfriend went there to take it back to Gran Canaria with him. Oh the logistics of an Etsy shop based from Gran Canaria. Anyway, many new things and I’m slightly behind on the decreasing-my-stash diet, but I don’t mind, because once I finish that Mae sweater, all will be back on track again.

Stamp It Store stamp

Instead of spending all the money on business cards and labels for Chain Twenty’s knitwear, I decided I could do all of that myself with a simple logo stamp and paper in the color of my choice. Easy tha peasy! I ordered this stamp at Stamp it Store via Etsy. They’re a UK based rubber stamp company where you can order custom stamps. Discussing the design with store owner Sarah turned out very easy and productive. She changed some small things to the design when I asked her to and processed my order immediately. I also got a discount on the ink because I ordered stamp and ink together, so yay!

Stamp It Store custom stamp

CUSTOM STAMP BY STAMP IT STORE

Rebecca’s Room stitch markers

I had this crazy colored, cheap plastic stitch markers that I once ordered when I wasn’t thinking. Because I’ll need them in my San Agústin facecloth sample knit, which will be photographed for the pattern, I figured it was about time to get myself some pretty minimalistic ones. I found these amazing collection of Simply Solid stitch markers at Rebecca’s Room on Etsy and got myself some silver, gunmetal and bronze-colored ones in all the cool shapes. I also ordered a few black and white ones with beads. They are great to work with and fit Chain Twenty’s aesthetics seamlessly, so this was really a fun gift to myself.

knitting acquisitions stitch markers

SIMPLY SOLID STITCH MARKERS AND SMOKE AND MIRROR STITCH MARKERS BY REBECCA’S ROOM KNITTING

Drops Paris

Because greys photograph so prettily, I ordered myself some Drops Paris in color #23 Light Grey to knit my San Agústin facecloth sample knit with. Since I have plenty of the white and black left, I only purchased two balls. Enough to make a set of two, or to make just one if I screw up the other, haha!

knitting acquisitions Drops Paris

DROPS PARIS // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#23)

Drops Cotton Light Uni

I needed a lighter weight, but still cotton yarn for the One Stop crop top, and as always, Drops had the best deal. I’m not a huge fan of the colors Cotton Light Uni comes in, but ended up going for color #26 Jeans Blue since I’m falling more and more in love with dark blues lately.

knitting acquisitions Drops Cotton Light

DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)

Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print

Lately I’ve been craving working with speckled or tonal yarns. However, it’s difficult to find one that’s not too crazy. Because even though I would love to knit with all the bright unicorn colors, I wouldn’t necessarily wear them. For Jessica’s Classic vest, I opted for a navy-white mouliné yarn by Rico (color #36 Navy Blue-mouliné ) that’s probably gonna be so much fun to knit with!

knitting acquisitions Rico baby cotton soft

RICO BABY COTTON SOFT DK PRINT // NAVY BLUE MOULINÉ (#36)

Lana Grossa Lala Berlin circular needles

I’m loving my messing interchangeable knitting needles from Lana Grossa and I was about to expand my stash with some smaller sizes until I stumbled upon these Lala Berlin series. They’re not interchangeable, which I find a huge down side, but that’s for a very good reason: they’ve got this, I quote, “360º needle cord with a ball joint anchored in the needle shaft, preventing the cable from curling while knitting”. Now this is one of those things where I’m wondering why on earth I didn’t come up with this idea myself. The other good thing is that they’ve got the look of marbled wood, but the slickness of metal points. Could I have asked for more? I got the 3, 3.5 and 4.5 mm ones and still need to try them out, but I expect them to be a-to-the-mazing.

knitting acquisitions Lana Grossa knitting needles

LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES + 80 CM CABLE // 4.5 MM

Statistics

I’ve updated my stash on Ravelry, so if you’re interested in what I own, check it out!

In: 11

  • 2x Drops Paris
  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print

Out: 2

  • 2x Drops Big Merino

In since week #26: 11

  • 2x Drops Paris
  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print

Out since week #26: 8

  • 2x Drops Big Merino
  • 6x Drops Paris

My priority next week is to finish that Mae sweater, so I can count those skeins as “out” and I’m back on track with my yarn diet. Also, the San Agústin pattern should be send out to testers, so at least #9 — the sample knit — should be finished. If I manage to do all of this, it’s finally time to cast on that One Stop crop top, eeks!

Hope you’ll have a just as productive week as I’m planning for myself. In that regard: I’ve written a blogpost about how I use my Bullet Journal, which will be going live on Friday morning. So keep an eye out for that if you’re interested! The easiest way to be updated about new blogposts is by following Chain Twenty via Bloglovin’. Happy knitting!

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