merino

Officially starting on another sweater. Now I know for sure that I have some weird hangup in which I get really antsy if I’m not working on a sweater.

The pattern I’ve chosen is called Kyra Boatneck Pullover. It’s a basic lace and cable pattern from the bottom up, drop sleeves, and minimal shaping/finishing. Unfortunately the pattern is written flat and with 6′ of positive ease. I’ll have to do some calculations once I get my gauge swatch done.

In all likelihood I’m thinking of doing it with reduced ease, possibly 4″ instead of 6″, and making it in the round and then splitting at the top for arm holes and finishing. I’ve done this before with the PurlBee Lattice Top, so I’m fairly confident it will be alright. The difference here is that I will be doing sleeves or some type of sleeve, which will negate the need to decrease stitches for roundness at the shoulder.

Another major concern of the pattern is that it does not have charts. The lace/cable is written and there is a basic measurement schematic for the body and sleeves. Alas, no chart. Based on the completed projects this doesn’t seem to be a problem and many people are able to get through it without a problem.

The yarn I’ve chosen is Shepard’s Wool Worsted Super Wash in the Lilac colorway. My LYS only had three skeins in stock, but I should have enough for a decent length in the body with shortened sleeves, as I had planned on doing anyways.

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Also since I’m reducing 2 inches on the body width that will give me more yarn for length. Each skein is 250 yards, so the master plan here is to do two skeins on the body in the round, third skein will be neckline finishing. Leftovers will be allocated to the sleeves.

I’m also concerned about where the hem of the sweater will cut off at my waist and will probably do maybe 4″ of ribbing instead of what appears to only be about 2″. This modification is still up in the air though.

Besides these adjustments, I’m pretty excited to have another layer I can have over my dresses this coming winter…three days away…haha

So far my anti-pants mission has been going well. =)

Also I need to start planning for items to knit to wear in Ireland! Yep, we are definitely going next year! XD

 

 

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Angora!

A few years ago Norichanknits gave me some cascade angora and a bunch of purple random brand merino. No idea why she’d want to give up something that was A) one of her favorite colors and B) soft as a new born baby’s bottom.

But anyways, it sat in my stash for a while because I didn’t really know what to do with angora. For those of you that don’t know, it’s a very fluffy bunny. VERY FLUFFY BUNNY. The purple and pink top is a result of a free pattern plus a few extra details and changes made by me.

And here’s the final product:

Angora/Merino sleeveless top

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Pattern is based off of Purl Bee’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top.

My changes:

  1. Knitted in the round. -1 stitch on accident. So it’s a little uneven by 1 stitch in the backside but totally unnoticeable. =)
  2. A smidge of waist shaping.
  3. Lattice part is obviously not lattice. It’s a 3×5 purled bias stitch.
  4. Not sure what the lacey bit is called, but I added it in for some additional interest to the piece.
  5. Shoulders include a smidge of gathering so that it doesn’t actually cap off and instead sits nicely along the curvature of my shoulder.
  6. I blocked the arm holes really tightly. If I had made it to spec, there wouldn’t have been such a huge problem. (Lace = stretchy)

Future plans:

As far as this particular pattern goes, I can see it being really nice in the summer made out of Bamboo Pop.

I’m getting rather good at these sweaters. I’ve only been actively producing knitted sweaters for about two years. The first few I don’t wear unfortunately. Le sigh. But this pink and purple thing I’ve actually worn quite a few times already. And with that I’ve come to the realization that I like more basic looking sweaters: no frilly lace or “unique” fits. The first three sweaters I made were like that and I rarely wore them after finishing. (Baley’s Irish Cream, Selene, and Levenwick). I may revisit Levenwick though in the future in a softer and thicker yarn.

I’m currently working on another sweater that is also turning out on the small side. Hopefully blocking will save it like it did for the Lattice Top. I do have weird habit of blocking my sweaters into an unwearable large size. My Westbourne ended up being too big for me though I thought I had followed the sizing correctly.

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Here she is, in all her glory. The second Hatfield scarf for Jonathan and just in time for the fall weather to finally kick in here in Portland. This time around it’s the same Stone Hedge Fiber Mill Shepard’s Wool and colorway, but in superwash! The piece blocked really well. A lot better actually that I thought it would. I was worried at one point that it would pucker along the edges instead of sitting straight. You can see in the photograph above that I pinned into the bordering cables, every third twist, for consistency. The edge itself managed itself as it dried on the blocking mats.

For reference, here’s a picture of them together.
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I’m still surprised at how well he managed to felt the first scarf so evenly through wear. The bloom from the felting on the old scarf makes it appear to be a lighter color, but they are indeed the same grey heather colorway.

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Width comparison. The blocked new scarf is nearly twice as wide! The stitch definition is still quite visible too. The image below came out so well because I pulled the old scarf into a somewhat distinguishable shape.

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It took a long time to make this. Longer than it should have. >.< I’ve been working on it off and on since March. Jonathan picked out the yarn at the Rose City Yarn Crawl.

The piece is about 50″+ long and 10″+ wide. Jonathan tried it on last night and it’s long enough for him to wrap it twice the way he likes. =)

Hopefully this one lasts longer than a single winter season!

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