Off the Needles – Buckwheat!

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My little sweater is actually finally done! I honestly thought it would take me months and months to finish, since I wasn’t really working on it in any sort of dedicated fashion, but once I got the pooling situation sorted out (more on that here) it was smooth sailing.

Pattern: Buckwheat by Veera Valimaki

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in “Ochre”

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This was my first time working short-row sleeve shaping – you pick up all the stitches around the circumference of the sleeve opening, and then work short-rows back and forth to shape the cap, and work the rest of the sleeve top-down in the round. I’ll definitely be using this technique again in the future, especially for sweaters where I have concerns about having enough yardage (yes, even yarn shop owners have those problems sometimes!)…

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I already know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this little sweater. The fabric is thin enough to wear under any jacket or even another sweater, and Malabrigo is just the softest and squishiest. I have just shy of a full ball left of the Ochre; I’m already considering striping it with something else for yet another sock-weight sweater… yikes!

And just for kicks, here’s some of the new stuff in the shop!

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Noro Taiyo Sock is back! This gradual-colour-sequence yarn is %50 cotton, nice and light for summer scarves…


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Plus new colourways in Noro Silk Garden!


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And new colourways in Aslan Trends’ Royal Alpaca (left) and King Baby Llama and Mulberry Silk (right)!


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Plus a restock of favourite colourways in Sirdar’s Baby Bamboo…


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And Debbie Bliss’ Eco Baby sport-weight cotton.

The summer-weight yarns are starting to arrive, with more on the way! More updates soon!


  • Deb White from Kingston
    Posted at 15:24h, 09 March Reply

    Buckwheat looks great- saw it myself when I happened to be in Peterborough for the day. Thank you for a great whirlwind visit (my husband stood over me and I swear he timed me!!!!!). I will be back- lovely shop.

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 16:10h, 15 March Reply

      Thank you so much! It was great to meet you! 🙂

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