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February 24, 2005

One Word - Yum

Look what nona tracked down today.  Yes, its my lovely purple silk alpaca yarn for nona-niece-the-hip's Elena cardigan.  nona is of the opinion that there is one, and only one word to describe today's purchase -- Yum.  It was a bit of a scavenger hunt to find the yarn -- don't worry nona likes puzzles -- which lead me back to the same yarn store where I had found the Debbie Bliss Silk Alpaca pattern book last weekend.  The store, Noe Knits, recently opened in Noe Valley, a San Francisco neighborhood.  The owner is friendly, the selection is well chosen, and the atmosphere is fresh with a hint of hip.  While you're on 24th street, treat yourself to a latte at Martha & Bros. Coffee.  Yes, sympathetic reader, you can tell nona misses her old neighborhood.

Never one to dilly-dally, I've started on my gauge swatch.  The sweater is knit in an interesting texture stitch based on a "p3yo3" stitch.  Okay, here's a contest, ready, the first person to correctly decipher how you work a "p3yo3" will win something nice from my stash.  nona might even throw something in for the most creative decipher.

The "p3yo3" stitch in action.  Can you guess and win?

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This is completely out of left field, but here goes... somehow, one is yo3 without leaving big holes. Also, you don't mention a decrease to get rid of the yo. I am guessing this is because the extra yarn gets pulled up from a lower row, to close the holes. So...

Row1: (p3yo3) to end of row
Row2: p, letting extra yarnovers fall off needle
Row3: (yo3 pick up the yo3 loop onto right needle; p3; pass picked-up stitch over) to end of row

Posted by: Kat | Feb 25, 2005 6:09:34 AM

I can't guess how the stitch pattern goes, but I wanted to add my 'yum'... the colour and the pattern together, it looks like the blackberry and apple part of blackberry and apple crumble.


Posted by: Anna | Feb 25, 2005 10:35:00 AM

I was reading the book and I barely understand it. I almost grabbed yarn and needles to figure it out. It's more like p3, yo, p3(again), right? Oh heck, now I have to go try it...

Posted by: Jessica | Feb 25, 2005 11:05:23 AM

Hey, it worked! Neat looking stitch but that must make the sweater awfully slow-going.

Posted by: Jessica | Feb 25, 2005 11:14:05 AM

Congratulations Jessica, you got it! You p3tog, keeping the stitches on the left needles, yo, p3tog, and slide them off. Still looking for the most "creative" translation - Kat's currently in the lead for that "honor". Come on you creative thinkers, make something up!

As for the slow going of the pattern stitch, once you get going it moves fairly quickly -- nona will see if she feels differently once I'm halfway through the project!

Posted by: nona | Feb 25, 2005 11:43:25 AM

No guessing here but nona that color is so awesome. What a pretty sweater. Can't wait to see it knit up.

Posted by: Jenny | Feb 25, 2005 4:46:33 PM

ooh nona, I am so excited! that purple is georgous.

Posted by: nona-niece-the-hip | Feb 26, 2005 6:28:28 PM

i totally checked out the new "noe knits" this weekend and loved it!! i agree about the owner, she was very nice....a refreshing change from "imagiknit" which happens to be around the corner from my fiancee's house....but the owners are sooooo rude!!! your blog is cool btw.

Posted by: cristina | Mar 7, 2005 11:48:18 PM

Where can I find the pattern for the Debbie Bliss Silk Alpaca Elena Cardigan for nona-niece-the-hip?
I'm looking and looking, and getting nowhere...

Posted by: ESM | Aug 28, 2008 10:29:59 AM

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