Thursday, September 17, 2009

Knitting Needles Afire!

All month, I have not had any knit-for-pay projects, until last night, actually. So, I have had the chance to do a LOT of knitting for myself!

First up, I pulled out the Forecast Cardigan , and finally finished up the second sleeve and the button bands, and sewed on the buttons... that thing had been languishing in the UFO pile for an eternity! I used one of Webs' Valley Yarns selections, called Berkshire, in the lovely "Ming Blue" colorway. It's a great wool/ alpaca blend that knit up very nicely. I did make some mods to the pattern... I did a braided cable instead of the bobble-icious cable called for in the original pattern. I also lengthened the ribbed torso segment, and removed the garter ribs around the wrists... they stuck out funny even after blocking.

All in all, I enjoyed knitting this sweater, and think it turned out well. I am reevaluating whether I did a good job with button placement... and I do have a criticism about the button hole band... the ribbing causes the buttons to slide into the ribbing, which looks dumb. I may have to consider fixing that, actually, if it drives me crazy enough.

Here are a couple of photos:

Up next, the Slanting Gretel Tee from the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits Magazine. As soon as I saw the pattern, I was very excited to realize that I had yarn that would work just right for the pattern! I then had to slightly reevaluate that decision, since the yarn I had was actually a bit thinner than the yarn called for. I made the next size up, and it all worked out just fine. I had a big ol' cone of Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sport in "Cherry Splash", and I actually have a decent amount of that yarn left. Probably not enough for another sweater, but certainly enough for a hat or two.

Here are some shots - the red did NOT come out right at all in these pictures. It is not nearly as nuclear as all that! I'll try to get better photos, really.

Isn't the center cable pretty?

I also made THREE 'shoulderettes', which are small, shoulder covering lace shawls. I am thrilled with how they turned out, and had a lot of fun making them, too. However, I feel that I should save them for another post, so stay tuned!

1 comment:

Lynne said...

Wow! Just beautiful. I really love the buttons you picked for the cardigan, just lovely.

See you this weekend I hope!