Monday, March 26, 2007

Brunch It in Style

Ever since I saw Alison's copy of the new Sublime Little Handknit Book, I've been obsessed with the Sunday Brunch Jacket (see it in white?!). It is just so cute and seems practical for a wee one since there is lots of growing room with a longer sleeve and the dress like shape. So, where is it?! Well, I blocked it last week and it has been sitting all folded up ready for a picture. Mind you, there are now creases all over the place...

Now, you may be in shock to see something pink on my blog. However, I just loved this super cute pink color of Rowan cashsoft dk and just had to give it a whirl. 4 balls and not quite 2 weeks later, voila! (The cashsoft was a wonderful replacement for the Sublime yarn.. I got both stitch and row gauge dead on).

Pattern: Sunday Brunch Jacket from the Sublime Little Handknit Book
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft dk #506
Measurements: 1 year old size
Started: March 9, 2007
Finished: March 21, 2007
Other Details: This was a fairly easy knit. However, the pattern had some mistakes, so just make sure you double check your numbers and use the schematic. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me about the mistakes :) The only sort of rough part about this pattern was with the finishing and the collar. I think I would give myself a B for seaming on this one. I just didn't get the sleeves in their perfectly, and we all know how hard it is to do a good job with seed stitch seams. The collar refused to sit right (like in the book picture), so I doctored up the collar with a single ply of the cashsoft and sort of sewed it in place.

Just a quick note: A Sunshine Yarns update is coming tomorrow, March 27th at 11am EDT. Stop by to check out the Harry Potter inspired yarns :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Some Manos Love

Just a snapshot for today...

1 strip down, 2 to go!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

And Finally

The Cadenza Socks are done! They actually have been done for over a week and are now getting their second wear.

They are great to wear around the house, and unfortunately, came out just a touch on the big side. So, you ask, how does the new Colinette Cadenza stand up against my favorite worsted weight sock yarn, Artyarns supermerino??!! Let's just say I am so not converted, but I would use the yarn again if they came out with some more usable colorways. I think that the Artyarns (though not as soft in the hank), ends up being softer once it is washed. In terms of long-lasting, we'll get to that next year maybe :)

Pattern: Just a basic 3x1 rib sock with a short-row heel
Yarn: Colinette Cadenza
Measurements: Made to fit a women's US8.5
Started: January 8, 2007
Finished: March 12, 2007
Other Details: I CO 44 stitches on a US4 (Inox 40" for magic loop). If I did these again, I would have started with 40 stitches.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Spring Preview

My apartment is currently full of Spring! I'm in the midst of reskeining hundreds of skeins of yarn for this weeks post and two wholesale orders... Its a lot of work, but it sure does make my table super pretty!

Yesterday at Knitsmiths, we had another yarn swap! The last few times the swaps went on I was here and here. My goal was to come home with less than what I brought.. Success! I showed up with about 25 skeins in tow and left with this:

The first picture is what I ended up with in the swap (Koigu, Malabrigo, some Alpaca and Wool Cotton). The second picture was a birthday present from Johanna! So sweet :) Its Mind's Eye Yarns merino tencel sock yarn (and look, an undyed skein for me to play with)!. I've never been to Lucy's store in Cambridge, but plan on going soon to say hello.

So, that is it for today. I still have to catch up on some current projects and another finished one... There will more posts soon once I get all this yarn off my table (literally speaking). Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Dollar And A Half

I started the beautiful Dollar and a Half Cardigan from the latest Interweave. Veronik Avery really does a wonderful job with the pattern and choice of yarn!

I know that tons of people have been looking for the Reynolds Soft Linen, and guess what people, I found tons of it! Call up Black Sheep Knitting in Needham, MA. Hurry (yes they do ship)! They have beautiful summery colors, which is why I have this gorgeous pale blue. For only $6.00 a ball, how can you go wrong?! The yarn is much softer on the hands than a 100% linen yarn, and it has great drape and stitch definition. They have a swatch in the store... a before and after washing swatch, and man, I can't wait to wash this sucker!