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...oh so mooshy-squooshy*


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It was the recently acquired Lana Grossa Royal Tweed so close at hand on Saturday night and here's where I'm at so far on the sleeve swatch.  It weighs nothing.  This has to be loftiest yarn I've ever worked with.  It's also quite weird to work with.  There are two practically unspun plies of merino wool lightly wrapped around a very tightly spun wool "thread" -- the two unspun plies like to move along the "thread" as I knit and get all bunched up.  I'm not sure there's a way to avoid it and, at first, I was quite dismayed that I'd bought enough for two sweaters.  The lightly wrapped plies are also, predictably, very weak -- without that thread to wrap around, this stuff would disintegrate at a glance.  I'm getting used to it.  It's quite nice when it's knit up... it's squishy-squashy, mooshy-squooshy, and even oofy-poofy.*

So, then, it's a Let's Kick-off This Labor Day Weekend Party Started Early Contest wherein you guess what sweater I'm knitting based on... the kinds of sweaters I like to knit, what kinds of things I've been knitting recently, how this one has started, and possibly further clues as warranted by the very possible lack of correct entries.  You may enter as often as you wish, but only those with correct guesses will be amongst the randomly-drawn names for yet-to-be-determined prizes.

*Yes, I said, PRIZES.  If you can also or instead tell me the source for Squishy-squashy, Mooshy-squooshy and even Ooofy-poofy, there shall be another (also yet-to-be-determined) prize.

Leave your comments/entries on this post, please.  The deadline will be midnight (your local time) on Sunday with the winner(s) announced on Monday.  (Unfortunately, the people I knit out with last night will have to be disqualified from the sweater portion of the program.)



Is it Na Craga?

That yarn looks sooooooooo soft.... and, ok, squoooshy.


No idea on the sweater (which will be glorious, no doubt!), but I KNOW that what you need is lots of soap. And a copy of Charlotte Pomerantz's "The Piggy in the Puddle." YAY PIGGY! Now I will dive way down derry and be very very merry.


Could it be Flyingdales? I'd like it to be Flyingdales so that you go first.


Some Alice Starmore pattern?

I also found the source of your mooshy shooshy whatever but it was unfair, I just copied and googled and got right to the book: The Piggy in the Puddle.


Na Craga from Aran Knitting?
Whatever it is, the year looks delicious!


YARN, I meant the yarn looks delicious. The year, not so much.


Smoooshy looks so delightful to knit! :)


All I can guess is that those terms come from a children's book!

The yarn looks like gorgeous stuff, I'd love to try it out sometime, I'll have to put that on my to-knit-with list. I'm going to guess that sweater is ... something from Elizabeth Zimmerman, which is why you're swatching with a sleeve.


So long as it's not washed in a muddy puddle! I can not think of a sweate, only that it scares me ;) It's gorgeous!


I would guess Na Craga, too. Hey why isn't this in your ravelry projects? (yes, I tried to cheat. I'm not proud of it.)


The fanschy schmancy words came from The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz. It was a Reading Rainbow book.

As for the pattern I will have to get back to you on that one.

Tiffany L.

One by one, they give up and plunge into the puddle where they too discover the joys of the "squishy-squashy, mooshy-squooshy, oofy-poofy" mud.

It's from piggy in the puddle. I've had this book since I was little and my son loves it to be read to him.:)
Gotta love 3 year old boys and topics of mud.


I am going to have to go with Na Craga for the sweater pattern.


Now if you had asked about flippy-floppy I could have told you (A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine), but squooshy-whatever is not in my head. Nor is your sweater. Darn. I love contests.

*Swatch* looks gorgeous, though.


I dunno which pattern it is, but it will be gorgeous on you with those colors. I suspect a Starmore.


After comparing the picture and your sleeve I would say Na Craga.


going on a totally wild hair with this one & I'm not even going to look at the sweater closely - Central Park Hoodie?


I am going to have to go with 'The Piggy in the Puddle' for the oh so discriptive words. Don't you just love childrens books? I do not however recognize those cables, but after a quick google search I am pretty sure it is not Na Craga or
Flyingdales (both are very nice though) I am interested in seeing what it is the cables you have are beautiful.

Beth S.

I'm speechless with awe. Whatever it is you're working on, it is GORGEOUS! That is SUCH a fantastic yarn. I'm sorry to hear it's so difficult to work with, because the color is to die for (and the flecks, oh, the flecks!)

Is it a take-off on Aranmor, maybe?


No idea about the sweater except maybe it's another AS sweater. It looks gorgeous though. I do know the source of mooshy-squooshy etc. having a preschool teacher for a mother may pay off. It's The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz.


I don't think it's Na Craga, I sense that it is Celtic Dreams, but now I'm not sure about the cables on either side of the braid. I'll keep thinking about it. I may be back.


This is gorgeous!


how can it be that I don't even know what the piggy in the puddle is??


I have no idea what the sweater might be, but I am somewhat familiar with The Piggy in the Puddle (I once read it to a kid I was babysitting).


I'm thinking it might be the Hand-to-Hand Aran Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmermann, but your cables are different than the ones on the pictures I've found. Are you knitting this sweater exactly to the pattern?


I think it is the hand to hand aran by Elizabeth Zimmermann but you have a braid in the centre and the one I have seen has more a celtic knot pattern.
The book I had no idea about but it looks like interesting reading for a little one.

Cindy B

Ohhh Cable Queen! Really, your cables are amazing! Piggy in the Puddle! Ummm . . . let's go with Elizbeth Zimmerman & hand to hand.


The words are from The Piggy in the Puddle. I don't know the pattern, but it is gorgeous and a beautiful color.

Andrea (noricum)

I found The Piggy in the Puddle by googling too.

I'm thinking perhaps your sweater will be knit side-to-side if the sleeve is where you had to start. Although I can't remember what's in the book from when I flipped through it, I'm guessing perhaps something in Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan.

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