Friday, October 22, 2004


Yes that is the sound of the tecnhical gadgets confirming I am brain dead... More accurately, I am brain dead in the computer lab on a Friday night. Don't say it I already know... I have no life. In my defense I went out to a bar last night (till 1am) to talk with my friend that hooked me up with the International Organisation job. We had fun, but also it was a mission- HOW do I GET this job chica?? And today I have been a good girl *pats self on the back for something she should have done ages ago* I got one more of the smaller sections for the Dissertation done, or mostly done. After working on it, let me tell you I want to tell the black/informal/grey/TIBUKU or whatever other name you want to give it, economic sector in both France and Italy to go suck my big black duck. They are complicating my analyses with the word limit I've got to the point of a veritable nightmare. But it is break time, cause if I research any more things about labor market rigidities and employment regulations I am going to start getting nasty! And you can follow my foul mind without having to work too hard. So I am blog surfing, cause that is what us fake-productive people do. What do I keep seeing, but mittenettes. Now it isn't cold here yet (the weather for the past two days has been GORGEOUS) but its gonna be and soon. And mittenettes sound like a good project to stick in the bag. They don't sound like they are going to set me back a wad of cash, they shouldn't take a lifetime. Oh yeah and the pattern is in ENGLISH (yes Pretty Wrappy Top is sitting there in a pretty pile hogging up a chunk of my limited needle collection waiting for me to Thunk through it still). Combine this with the fact that on the way home last night I saw publicité in the Metro. The Bon Marche are having the TBM through tomorrow which means that there will prolly be yarn on sale... so I get to get out of the flat, take pictures of a Parisian Fall day and go to my LYS. But what is all this muddled chatter about? Do I have a point? (well I don't have to if I don't want to as this is my blog... but I do! So There :P) The Bon Marche has Noro Silk Garden. Now I see the colors on everyones projects that I covet particularly Klaralund. And Claudia's Butterfly, but that is not Noro Yarn that is her yarn and how I want me some of it!!! But I digress. I am in deep abiding love with the Noro Silk Garden colorway 84. While I have touched it once and it didn't feel like divinity, however it's purty and I still want to give it a try. See where I am going?? Smell the cookies right under the nose?? I was thinking Silk Garden in pretty color could be perfect for oh I don't know... Mittenettes. I figured this would be a one skein project, and that is about the limit of my Noro budget at Bon Marche prices. All in the knitting world aligns perfectly... *erm* well almost all. Now comes the *real* brain dead part, I might be a chatty Cathy but I do circle back around at some point!!! The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, gives no yardage and no gauge. That is ok it is a fly by the seat of your pants pattern; I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal! But I have forgotten my 5 minute fiber 101 course from beginning knitting. I can't remeber what gauge worsted yarn is supposed to be and I don't know what gauge or "type" of yarn Silk Garden is. Sure I could go look that stuff up, but it wouldnt get me comments (and if I was being all serious graduate student I'd say I can't as when I am done with this post I will be going to revise what I just wrote and edit it some- HAHAHAHAHAHAHA). Cause I am honest about things, it's because I am lazy and I am feeling like an attention attracting diva. So does anyone know what weight of yarn Silk Garden is considered and want to leave a comment to a nice lonely gal such as myself??? Pretty please avec un cerise


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there:
I'm only posting anonymously because I don't want to open a blogger profile. I've been enjoying your site since I stumbled across it a week or two ago.

You can find the details about silk garden on this site:

Here's some gauge info. pulled from that site.

Needle size
8 US std

Stitch gauge
4.5 stitches=1 inches


8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silk Garden is fairly close to a worsted weight gauge - I think you would be OK using it for the pattern.


8:44 PM  
Blogger FaerieLady said...

Oh, another thing about silk garden... I've seen a lot of people writing that it softens when it's lightly washed/wet blocked.

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i've got some silk garden 84 left over from my klara. send me your addy (btw, i'm having email issues, did you get an email i sent on the 20th, i have been getting massive mail failure messages, yuck!

those mittenetts are too cute. have a great weekend!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

Like Kae said, it's a fine choice and I may actually do the same with my odds and ends from Klara (I got all OCD and did some stripe-matching, so I have nearly 2 balls of bits and pieces).

I have had a lot of luck with washing Silk Garden. I wasn't impressed with the hand either until I threw it in the washing machine. Have fun!

Oh, and I think worsted is generally considered to be 4-6 sts/in.

2:49 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

Thanks for the mittenette link. All of a sudden little woolly accessories appeal. Cold, damp & raw weather likely are the cause, hmmm?

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have bought 7 skeins of it to substitute for a project calling for aran/worsted weight yarn, so I'm anticipating that it's about 4.5 sts to the inch.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I am so with you. I am battling the French Consulate to get my Passport and a carte d'Identite. The only stage left, I believe, is for me to jump backwards through a hoop on fire. Then they will consider it. I am sending you all of my sympathy :D

1:57 PM  

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