I finally finished this project. I do love the fabric that this Anzula Mermaid yarn produced. I'm not sure how happy I am with the adjustments I made to the pattern -- the tapered ends turned out rather long and narrow due to the different gauge.
This Easy Baby Cardigan started out as a Christmas gift for my youngest nephew but fell by the wayside what with the move and all the other last minute Christmas knitting I was working my way through. I've actually knit most of it twice since in my earlier haste I had messed up one of the sleeves at a point where it was joined to the body so both sleeves and most of the body had to come out to fix it.
But the upside was that I got lots of practice with the magic loop method which I used for the sleeves and it was a good lesson in perserverance.
I used Misti Alpaca's Tonas Pima Silk, "strawberry". The overdyed bits in this red skein did fluff up after I washed it which was a relief -- no more crunchy bits of thinner looking yarn.
I was making it in the "next size up" for my growing nephew so thankfully it will still fit just fine even with a late delivery.
Feels good to finally have it finished. Anyone else tidying up projects from last Christmas?
Mademoiselle Alyce made it safely from Boston although she's a little looser in the leg than she was before. However, she is still able to model my latest design which I knit over the holidays on my various flights to and from the East Coast.
"Spring Round Up Scarf" is a tubular knit scarf in bright fun Knit Picks Comfy Worsted cotton colors. It's squishy and warm and a fun accessory for spring, I think.
I'm debating on whether to add more floral embellishments. Thoughts anyone?
I have cast off The Age of Steam and Brass Kerchief. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Tonas Pima Silk (handpainted tone on tone) in Siberian Iris (purple, although it looks a bit blue when I shoot it). I'm really loving their pima cotton/silk blends. This one still needs blocking, but I'm pleased to have another gift knit off the needles.
I took advantage of the "Support Small Business" campain by American Express this weekend. They offered a $25.00 credit from American Express if I shopped at one of the participating small businesses and used my Amex card. Blue Bird Yarn and Fiberarts (my current LYS) was a participant (how great is that) so I registered both my card and my husband's and I got $50.00 worth of free yarn. That was SO exciting.
It's going to really stretch my gift budget. Off to start a baby sweater or maybe a cowl. I'll get back to you on that!
Okay, I know I've said this about the last few sweaters I've knit but I think this is my best sweater ever. (thanks to that class I took with Amy Herzog last fall, I'm having more and more sweater success). This sweater's beauty has a lot to do with with the combination of pattern and yarn. It's a great design and the yarn is lovely. I think they go really well together.
I started this shawl last spring but then the hot weather forced me to set it aside for a few months. However, we had enough cooler nights over the past few weeks that tempted me to pick it up and finish off the final ruffle.
This is a pretty simple pattern to knit (mostly garter stitch) but you do have to pay attention while knitting the ruffle . I found that stitch markers were a big help for me there.
I am pleased with how the shawl turned out and I love the size it is now but even if it grows it will just be a larger, drapier shawl.
As soon as the daytime temperatures cool down I'll let you see how it looks when I'm wearing it. Wonder if any of the local rags will publish my photo if I wear it to the local 7-11 on a milk run?
As much as I'm looking forward to cooler fall days, I am enjoying this last little blast of summer. But I'm definitely getting into fall-knit mode and getting all excited about dipping into more worsted weight yarns . You too?
I may not have finished this top by the end of the Summer Games as planned, but I have, at long last, completed my silk version of the Cowl Shell. It was definitely worthy of my persistence because this silk feels so luxurious against my skin! It might be the softest thing I've ever worn.
This pattern was written for drapey yarns and I do love how much softer the cowl neckline is in this version. I'm tempted to knit up a whack of these in other colors, but then I remember that it took me about a month to finish this one and there are a lot of other things I'd still like to knit.
A black and white image lets you imagine it in just about any color at all!
Here's all the specific details we knitters love to know!
Yarn: BC Garn Jaipur Silk Fino purchased in Iceland several years ago.
This English pattern is not written for laceweight yarn so I started out trying to follow the modification notes of a Polish knitter on Ravelry but apparently Google Translator is not a knitter or not good at Polish. Either way, it came up with something translated like this: "subtracted in 19 eyes, 33.49 and 71 in a row would add 87, 99,107,119 row". Maybe you could figure that out, but I was at a total loss.
So I appealed to the helpful folks on Ravelry's "Excuse Me?" group and a few people there were able to translate some of the more obscure phrases like, "subtracted in 19 eyes = k2tog in 19 places ". I NEVER would have got that on my own. It still wasn't "quite right" but I somehow figured things out from there.
For those of you who read knitting patterns in English and might want to consider tackling this pattern in a laceweight yarn (size medium) here's my modificatons:
Cast on 248 stitches(124 front/back)
Follow pattern as written until you get to the decrease rounds. (decrease on rows 19, 33, 49,79)
At Increase rounds (increase on rows 87, 99, 107,119)
To set up cowl shaping, pm after 17 stitches
I knit an extra .5" in length before beginning the armhole (not sure if it was necessary but I was afraid of it not stretching enough to fit over my tummy). I bound off 7 stitches (instead of 6) at start of armhole.
I added 1/2" to the length of the armhole because I was worried it would be too tight as written. For me this is a comfortable fit.
I knit 17 stitches for shoulder shaping.
On the front, I knit 72 stitches before beginning short rows for cowl shaping. (this was a total guess but it looks okay)
Other than that, I just followed the pattern as written and it all came out great in the wash.
This pattern relies on the garment growing after washing so it was a bit nervewracking wondering how it would all turn out when the finished object fit very snuggly. But silk does grow with washing so you just have to trust the process.