Thursday, February 02, 2012

hello budget

In the past, I could easily be accused of being a yarn snob. But after using Berocco's Vintage Chunky for Milo's Snowy Owl I think I'm able to shake that reputation. This low cost, half-acrylic yarn is actually a joy to use and the heathered palette is pretty great.

After the owl project I had almost two full skeins left over in aqua and pumpkin. So when I needed a quick knitting fix this week I figured I'd have just enough to make a striped version of my Toddler T-shirt Vest pattern that would be super warm and machine washable (amazing, right?) I went up a needle size to make the body roomy for my getting-older-toddler while keeping the smaller needle size for the ribbing. The garment is soft with a nice weight to it, and I'm really happy with the colour combo. And for another whole $8 I grabbed a dark navy skein to combine with some leftover gray for just one more vest. What can I say? Striped clothing is hard to beat, so the more the merrier. And budget friendly wool is pretty cool too.

On the reading front I'm still working on The Elegance of the Hedgehog and it's improving with every page. For a large dose of knitting and reading inspiration, visit this week's Yarnalong over at Small Things.


Serena said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute. Great color combination. :)

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

Sweet! Berocco does make lovely stuff and the blends wear well on kids.

I just finished up a baby t-shirt vest using Cascade 220 superwash. It's for a friend's 2 month old, so I knit it on 4mm needles with white and used pink for the neck, bottom and armholes. Plans are afoot for embroidering her initial on the front. Pics when I'm done.

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I love the stripes. I've been meaning to make another one of these for my son... perhaps I will check out the Berocco.

Gigi said... [Reply to comment]

Cute vest - love the stripes! I've used Berroco Vintage for some of my grandchildren's knits & I like it too -- practical, pretty, & feels nice ;)

beth lehman said... [Reply to comment]

I've used Berocco and liked it for my kids. You can't beat the price. Adorable vest!

*Michelle* said... [Reply to comment]

This is so adorable. I love the colors... almost all of Berocco's yarn is really, really nice, I've found.

Especially love Ultra Alpaca.