Eye Candy Saturday: vacation yarn edition/audition

Currently playing with the following, trying to start several travel-friendly projects in time for my vacation:

Orange: Araucania Yarns Lonco, fingering weight 100% mercerized cotton, 440 yards per 100 gram skein. I got 2 solid-colored skeins of color #3003, tangerine at ImagiKnit during my trip to San Francisco last summer. I recently noticed elann has this very yarn and colorway on sale, at a very nice price. Currently auditioning: Cosmicpluto Laura’s Massey Wrap using US 5 needles.

Teal: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima, sportweight 100% pima cotton, 220 yards per 100 gram skein. I got 3 skeins of colorway #3734 at Windsor Button. Currently auditioning: #27 from the Handmade Crochet Book (the same book I used for my potholders). This scarf is the reason I bought the book in the first place – I really loved the scarf Alicia Paulson crocheted.

Yellow: Berroco Weekend, worsted weight acrylic/cotton blend, 205 yards per 100 gram skein. I got 15 skeins of colorway #5921, banana, at WEBS: you can’t beat their discount on large purchases ;). Currently auditioning: the Sunny Spread blanket. I’m still searching for just the right crochet hook for this project: I think I need one with a very deep hook, if that makes sense, to securely grab all the plies of this worsted weight yarn!

What are you working on this weekend?

23 thoughts on “Eye Candy Saturday: vacation yarn edition/audition

  1. Chris

    I vote that you crochet the Sunny Spread on your vacation. The Massey Wrap is too much of the same thing – boring! The #27 is too much to think about on a vacation. Sunny Spread looks “just right”!

  2. lauren

    Those yarns are such wonderful happy colors. Sadly I’m working on my studies for most of this weekend, but as usual I have some stranded mittens waiting in the wings. :)

  3. Abby

    I’m working the Sunny Spread into a pillow of sorts with beige, bright blue, and a turquoise color. It’s really pretty and the pattern is really easy/fun.

  4. moiraeknittoo

    I’m on the last few rows of my Yvaine, which will be the first shawl I’ll actually have ever completed! Well, shawlette. But it’ll be done and I will be HAPPY!

  5. Kay

    I’m working on several pairs of socks and a Swallowtail Shawl.

    I think either Massey Wrap or Sunny Spread.

    PS The crochet hook in the instructions to the SS looks to be either a Boye or Hero. I still prefer my Susan Bates! They do have a longer throat.

  6. Kay

    What I meant to say with the P.S. in my first comment was that the Hero and Boye crochet hooks have a longer throat. The Susan Bates are just my favorite hooks.

  7. diana

    I’m using lonco for the granny sqaure skirt Maryes is helping me with. Nice yarn, but a little splitty. Cannot wait to see Sunny Spread. It’s a gorgeous pattern.

  8. Maria

    Working on Christmas presents !!! Just finished a cardigan for one of my 4 grandchildren, working on a pair of socks and a sweater for son, and starting another little cardigan for grandbaby #2. I am also struggling with a lace shawl that I want to give to one of my daughters for Christmas as well. Just can’t seem to figure the “rhythm” for lace knitting….:(

  9. Jody

    That crocheted scarf is so interesting! I love how textural crochet can be and the jewel tone shade will really make it pop.

    I have the Sunny Spread faved as well. There are so many options with that throw – solid, different color squares, several colors in each square. All those options have been too much for me to think through. I’ll enjoy watching yours come together.

  10. Juliane

    I love these three colours together! Actually, when I saw the picture, I first thought you were going to use these three yarns in one project like a blanket – that is, before I noticed the different yarn weights…

    Out of the three patterns you presented, I like the Massey wrap best. It looks like it’s got a nice, light airiness while still being substantial.

    Happy holiday knitting!

  11. Juliane

    I love these three colours together! Actually, when I saw the picture, I first thought you were going to use these three yarns in one project like a blanket – that is, before I noticed the different yarn weights…

    Out of the three patterns you presented, I like the Massey wrap best. It looks like it’s got a nice, light airiness while still being substantial.

    Happy holiday knitting!

  12. Bekky

    This weekend I finished of a budgie cardigan and spent great deal of time tacking a huge wedding quilt for a good friend (I have blisters to prove it!)

    I love all of your choices but my favourite is the crochet scarf – really beautiful.

    Bon vacance!

  13. Wool Free and Lovin' Knit

    Hmm, I vote for the sunny spread but that’s because I’m in blanket/afghan mode. Have the knitting blues with Rowan’s dark denim which I’m knitting into the Patio Square for the Picnic Blanket. So much yarn, so little time!

  14. Rebecca

    Just started the EZimmerman 1/2 Pi shawl – much to the chagrin of the other 4 shawls I’m working on…I have been eying the Massey shawl for awhile – could be interesting in cotton…actually, as one of the other respondents mentioned the 3 colors look pretty sharp together…Cheers!

  15. Elaine

    I’m working on your Honeymoon Blanket in Katia Bombay’s blue/green/turquoise colorway. It’s beautiful! Thanks for the pattern!

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