oh hey, new blog name…

January 18, 2011

so yeah, i was trying to find a more color coordinating picture for the header of zee blog and i realized that there are about 1.5 MILLION blogs with the name Knits and Pearls. SO. I went back to the original name that it had for all of about .25 seconds, but was left as the URL. so alas, welcome to Preps and Purls:

same girl, same pearls, new name.

(and i didn’t even find a good header picture…)


i finished my honey cowl!
i love it, its super cozy, but i’m not thrilled with it.
i would have liked to have made the large size and had it 10in wide, but i only had one skein.

the yarn is really pretty too, but it has pinks and blues in it which i didn’t expect.

the yarn is Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Polar Morn, love!

i got lots of compliments on it today, and it kept me warm over my hundreds of hours in the library this afternoon. portrait of a lady essay, here i come.

but for now, a shower and the varsity basketball game v. canterbury.


c’mon guys, help me out.

January 16, 2011

so, being a high school student, i have limited yarn funds which generally rely on giftcards from family members at christmas and birthdays. (and the occasional time when i can get my mother to pity me for some reason and buy me yarn. i tell her knitting is mathematic and its good exercise for my brain.) but, i recently found Eat.Sleep.Knit, a wonderful online yarn store with great prices. (they also made me a MadTosh junkie, but thats cool with me, not so much with my budget, but my budget can get over it.) ESK has this awesome thing called the Yarnathon. You “run” a marathon by buying their yarn and get really cool (and secretive) prizes when you hit marathon milestones. But here’s the really cool thing for me, the broke MadTosh junkie: if i connect my blog to my Yarnathon account, I get 5 yards for everyone who clicks my link to ESK, so c’mon people, help a girl out and


yarn eye-candy.

January 16, 2011

Mal Worsted in Polar Morn for a honey cowl

5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Aloe for my Que Sera by the lovely Kirsten Kapur, who alongside Hannah Fettig (as you all know) is my favorite knitwear designer (she also requested to use my Huaraz picture for the pattern’s rav page this morning, which almost made me pee my pants with glee, but nevermind that.)

a real-live narnia

January 13, 2011

so, i finally have those Narnia pictures i promised.


(we were taking pictures….and then some guy in a red sweatshirt ran by, and we couldn’t stop laughing…)


me and some of my best friends dressed up as the narnia crew for famous families day last year so we made it an event to see the new movie this year. we even wore our homemade tshirts!


M and R decided to pull their pants down….don’t ask me why.

and after the HUGE blizzard yesterday, it really looked like narnia outside.

(quad, with 2 feet of snow. its a little blurry, but it was really dark out and the shutter speed was like, 2 seconds long.)
so we have now had two, yes, count ’em, two sweatpants days.
so i thought i should treat myself, you know for going to one of only four schools that were open in CT yesterday to…….

a new hat! (pattern: Ariosa Pom-Pom Hat by Hannah Fettig, yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in a pale yellow (colorway 2630))

happy blizzard everyone!

knitting is not my only “creative outlet” as my mother would say.
i am also one of the photography students at my school and this term’s elective is Permanent Pigment Printing, which is digital. For my concentration, I decided to bind together my two loves, knitting and photography. So J and I took a little chilly excursion outside today before the snow gets soooo high tonight its up to our knees. It allowed me to do a couple of things:
1. Take lots of lovely pictures of my various knits.
2. Allowed me to be prepared for photo class today
3. I finally have FO pictures of my Alpaca/Silk Confection Scarf (I used Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace)

(with my Huaraz Earflap Hat)

4. I have pictures of my very first design: the Belgian Waffle Hat! (seperate post with pattern soon!)

three things that I did anyway, snowy photoshoot or not:
1. Got a knitting notebook, you know, so I can actually start designing (ahhhh!)

2. Started my Ribbon Lace Scarf in Malabrigo Sock in Cote d’Azure

3. Found out that I am desperate to make a Tea Leaves Cardigan in madelinetosh dk in Ink or Clematis , so I started a Tea Leaves Cardigan Fund so I can save up for the yarn from Eat.Sleep.Knit.!

a post with my first pattern and maybe some Narnia pictures soon!

found this list (via harddaysknit.wordpress.com) and thought it would be a good remedy for my APUSH DBQ. (whew, alphabet soup much? well that stands for  Advanced Placement United States History: Document Based Question (its an essay) if you didn’t know. sometimes, i wish i didn’t 😉 )

here we go:

Bold: things I’ve done

Italics: things I plan to do (hopefully soon)

Normal: things I don’t plan on doing or haven’t thought about tackling.

  • Afghan
  • I-cord
  • Garter stitch
  • Knitting with metal wire
  • Shawl
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Socks: top-down
  • Socks: toe-up
  • Knitting with camel yarn
  • Mittens: Cuff-up
  • Mittens: Tip-down
  • Hat
  • Knitting with silk (it wasn’t pure, does that still count?)
  • Moebius band knitting
  • Participating in a KAL
  • Sweater
  • Drop stitch patterns (i actually tried to write my own, but who cares.)
  • Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
  • Slip stitch patterns
  • Knitting with banana fiber yarn
  • Domino knitting (modular knitting)
  • Twisted stitch patterns
  • Knitting with bamboo yarn
  • Two end knitting
  • Charity knitting
  • Knitting with soy yarn
  • Cardigan
  • Toy/doll clothing
  • Knitting with circular needles
  • Baby items
  • Knitting with your own handspun yarn
  • Slippers
  • Graffiti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street (it was actually around the school, and it was a tree sweater –  i still get made fun of for that one…)
  • Continental knitting
  • Designing knitted garments
  • Cable stitch patterns
  • Lace patterns
  • Publishing a knitting book
  • Scarf
  • Teaching a child to knit
  • Knitting to make money (everyone keeps telling me I should…)
  • Button holes
  • Knitting with alpaca
  • Fair Isle knitting
  • Norwegian knitting
  • Household items: dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…
  • knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars (i’ll stick with magic loop thanks…)
  • Dyeing with plant colours
  • Knitting items for a wedding
  • Olympic knitting
  • Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
  • Knitting with dpns
  • Holiday related knitting
  • Teaching a male how to knit
  • Bobbles
  • Knitting for a living (i wish…but alas)
  • Knitting with cotton
  • Knitting smocking
  • Dyeing yarn
  • Steeks
  • Knitting art
  • Fulling/felting
  • Knitting with wool
  • Textured knitting
  • Kitchener BO
  • Purses/bags
  • Knitting with beads
  • Swatching
  • Long Tail CO
  • Entrelac
  • Knitting and purling backwards (um….what?)
  • Machine knitting
  • Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegated yarn
  • Stuffed toys
  • Knitting with cashmere
  • Darning
  • Jewelry
  • Knitting with synthetic yarn (YUCK.)
  • Writing a pattern
  • Gloves
  • Intarsia
  • Knitting with linen (again, blend, but still i think it counts)
  • Knitting for preemies
  • Tubular CO
  • Free-form knitting
  • Short rows
  • Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm-warmers (i made half a pair and they were too big. that counts as a fail.)
  • Pillows
  • Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
  • Rug
  • Knitting on a loom
  • Thrummed knitting
  • Knitting a gift
  • Knitting for pets
  • Shrug/bolero/poncho
  • Knitting with dog/cat hair
  • Hair accessories
  • Knitting in public

    oh yes, i do that one alot. on to APUSH.

meet effortless

January 6, 2011

she’s the warmest, simplest, most comfortable cardigan ever.

oh, and did i mention my most beautiful FO?

i haven’t taken it off since i took the blow dryer to it so it would dry faster after blocking. yes, i know, its a big no-no, but who cares. its perfect.

everyone needs to go and cast on for this sweater right this very instant. because its just that wonderful.

Pattern: Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Yarn: madelinetosh tosh dk in Gossamer from Eat.Sleep.Knit.

has anyone ever told you that baby alpaca pompoms shed like crazy?

because they do. ALOT. like, unnaturally alot. like, so much that you think there shouldn’t be any pompom left.

and how do i know this? i had to make 4 2.5 in pompoms out of baby alpaca yesterday while i was wearing black leggings. i wish i had a picture. it was pretty good.

but, with all that lint, we finally have finished, wrapped christmas presents for my friends. but who wants descriptions when you can have pictures?

for A: A Luxe Cowl in Malabrigo Rasta in Solis

for R: a 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf in Malabrigo Rasta in Azules

for M: a Thorpe Hat in Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in Black and Malabrigo Silky Merino in Dill

for J: a Huaraz with no earflaps in Misti Alpaca Chunky in light grey and Malabrigo Silky Merino in Nocturnal

and for me 😉 my effortless cardigan is only missing the collar

(its a bit scrunched because the cable i’m using isn’t long enough for the whole collar to stretch out)

and a close up of the sleeve (and the gorgeous stitch definition madelinetosh has)

its a blocking party!

the next post will most likely (and hopefully) have a blocking effortless cardigan!

whats up boston?! after christmas this year we took a family vacation to boston to “look at colleges.” after lots of “light” reading to finish Portrait of a Lady for my english elective we ventured to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. On our way to the T we found this surprise:

they have a Sweeney Field!

and then we ventured to Hahvahd Yahd.

where apparently they don’t pahk their cahs.
but anywho, once i finished the book i got lots of knitting done!

My Effortless Cardigan: I finished the body and am halfway through the first sleeve. Only the collar, sides and second sleeve to do after I finish that. I’m going to be cutting it close with the yarn supply though — we’ll see how it goes.

lots of pictures:

side view — with half a sleeve

from the back

the beautiful yarn i’m using — madelinetosh tosh dk in gossamer

the work station — harry potter box set not included
and then there are the hats and cowls for my very lucky, very chilly friends — pom-poms, braids and finishing touches not included

a Huaraz in Misti Alpaca Chunky in a pale grey for J

a Thorpe in Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky in Black for M

plus, pom poms and braid will be added using Malabrigo Silky Merino in Dill

a Rasta cowl in Malabrigo Yarn Rasta in Azules for R

and another one will be made in colorway Solis for A

hope everyone had a family-filled christmas.