Saturday, June 30, 2012

Look what came today!

Definitely a good mail day -- yarn for Breckon, from the brand new Yarn People vol. 3 collection -- Brooklyn Tweed Loft fingering weight in truffle hunt.   The teaser pictures on facebook worked on me -- I couldn't resist, and in the end, decided to be totally unoriginal and get the yarn pictured in the model.  The earthy color combined with the lace details were what won my heart.  So, why not follow your heart? 

And then Vogue Knitting in the same mail?  On a rainy Saturday afternoon?  Lazy bliss.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Next?

When a big project is finished, the question is often, "what next?"

My son just finished a big project -- four years at Seattle Pacific University and a bachelor of science degree are complete.  (That's him with his sister after graduation.)

The final honors project is finished too.  And he knows what's next.  On to grad school at Johns Hopkins.  We're so happy for him, so proud. 

My what next is much smaller and less significant.  But I'm happy too.
This is the first piece -- the center back, of Chic Knits Cinnie.  I'm so excited -- I think this sweater will be really cute, and it's fun to knit.  The lace pattern for this center back panel was easy enough to memorize, and yet still pretty and interesting to look at.  The construction is fun too - the next bit is cast on for the left front, and the stitches for the left back are picked up from this center panel. 

I'm hoping I finish this before it's time to send off the graduate at the end of summer.  Hoping the knitting is quick, but the summer is slow. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Kelmscott: a sweater out of season

This is a sweater that takes a lot of finishing.  But it's done.  In time to put it away until fall.  This is the lovely Kelmscott from Twist Collective, Winter 2009 (!).  I asked for the yarn for Christmas in 2010, and didn't start it until November 2011.  Luckily, I think this portrait collar will still look beautiful to me as the tides of fashion ebb and flow.
I used Sunday Knits Nirvana yarn (a merino/cashmere blend), instead of the Angelic (merino/angora) it called for -- I am bothered by angora.
Carol Sunday has very nice instructions for the crocheted edges and buttons.  Unfortunately, I didn't seem to have the crochet skills to make the buttons small enough, following her instructions.   I used these instructions from Vogue Knitting instead.  I think the original buttons are prettier, but mine are fine and blend into the bobbles of the sweater just fine.

This is a beautiful pattern, and the sweater turned out fine -- I think the weather is a little too warm now for me to fully love it.  I knit as instructed, except I altered the dimensions a bit to fine-tune the fit.  Unfortunately,  I think I ended up with an "OK" fit, not a precise one.  The yarn relaxed more than I'd anticipated, and I think I overcompensated a bit for some adjustments I was trying to make.  The sweater is just a very little bit big, and the sleeves long.  Also, the sleeves seem designed to be long and drape prettily over the hand -- but I should know better.  I like my sleeves off my hands, and really, above my wrists.  I'm afraid I'll be coming home with my sleeves  like this: 

For more details see my Ravelry page.