The Daily Purl



cirrus in a sugar bowl
Behind the scenes here at the house of the Daily Purl are family and friends that have come to know and live with one knitting fanatic. When I say one more row my husband knows the sounds and movements when I start another and calls me on it and he treks to yarn stores with me when I know one is in walking distance. A few weeks ago we were in the city I dragged him to Purl where I purchased a skein of Andy’s Yarn and one skein of Manos del Uruguay in Cirrus. He was surprised that I only wanted the two skeins. (I think I need to bring him with me more often because I found myself easily fulfilled by the bright orange and light blue skein. By myself I have no restraint and am ravenous for yarn.) We left the store and started walking to a café for lunch. On the way a couple was walking ahead of us and across the street on our left was The Point. I said to him – maybe too loudly, another yarn store! – then the weirdest thing happened, the woman with the man suddenly crossed the street and started making her way towards The Point. The man kept on walking and a few seconds later he turned around with a puzzled look on his face. We pointed to the woman darting across the street. Laughter filled the air as he trailed his companion and we continued on our way to lunch.


kelly cardigan

It feels good to be excited about knitting again. I didn’t touch my needles for months and then in August I started thinking about Fall. Lost in thoughts of wrapping myself in freshly knit wool come September. So I started something new and easy to get me going and once I got my momentum back I picked up a wip and worked on that too. It worked out well – I was able to finish Blustery and almost finish a stockinette cardigan. While knitting the second sleeve on Erika Knight’s Kelly Cardigan I ran out of yarn. After checking with the source where I bought the yarn (dye lot sold out) I started searching Ravelry. I felt strange perusing the stashes of the Ravelry knitters and even stranger sending an email to Knitorious asking if I could have the ball of Kidsilk Haze Shade 631 Dye Lot 69 listed in her stash. I was a knitter out of yarn and so close to finishing a sweater! A few days later said yarn was in my box (with peppermint patties and dark chocolate kisses and smarties as “packing peanuts”) and on the needles to complete the last sleeve. The finishing was easy….seamed the pieces together, knit an inch of 1×1 ribbing around the neck and sewed on nine Dritz snaps. A light, airy warm cardigan, finished – with huge thanks to Knitorious (and Ravelry!).
Pattern: Kelly Cardigan
Classic Knits by Erika Knight
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze
7 balls for Smallest Size
in Jacob 631, Dye Lot 69
Ran out of yarn while shaping the cap of the second sleeve
Needed 7th ball to finish cap and seam garment – I was getting the specified gauge
Needles: 3mm and 3.75 mm addi turbo
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in St st to 4 inches using larger needles
9 Dritz snaps



Fall is almost here. Chilly mornings. Wool on the needles. A cup of steaming coffee.
And here’s the perfect garment to usher in the season – a neat little vest with a single pocket and tubular cast off edges.
The details
Pattern: Blustery
by Anna Bell
My Fashionable Life
Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Dk from Webs
6 balls, shade 944
Needles: 3.25 mm and 4 mm
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in St st to 4 in using larger needles after blocking
Size: To fit size 34 inches
Buttons: Five 14 mm rosewood and horn round buttons



Cornus florida
Yesterday, buds on the flowering dogwood I planted last year trying to bloom during an early morning rainfall.
Lace weight cashmere from Habu, Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK
Today, knitting in deep rich colours. I couldn’t be more satisfied at the moment. I hope it lasts.