Happy Monday Everyone ~
After my last post, I am going to take a turn off my journey down Sentimental Road. I may come back to it soon, because I had several people comment that now they know where the name of my business came from (I mentioned that my first sewing machine being a hand-me-down from my Great Grandma Anka). If I haven’t shared about my Great Grandma Anka yet, I need to take the time to do that. I know there are lots of you who already know, but I happen to think it’s a story worth telling again.
My brain isn’t quite up to the challenge for creative writing this morning. Maybe after my quilt market deadlines are done – So I think I will just share a few knitting pictures. Several of you asked why I didn’t show all the knitting that I got done in Florida (after this post). One of the projects is still unfinished, so I will hold off on that one, but here are the other two that I worked on:
#1. Every Last Yard by Amy Swenson of Indi Knits.
The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in the Bermuda Teal color. I made this project out of their sock yard and wanted to try their heavier yarn. I didn’t really care for it as I was knitting this project up. It felt really stiff, but as soon as I blocked it, it relaxed and felt like a totally different yarn. I cannot stress the importance of a good blocking! I’m not talking about a block using a little steam. I used to do that but it doesn’t compare to a good wet block. I give my sweaters a bath in the sink, blot out the excess water, then pin to size on a blocking board. It takes a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it. It has saved many projects for me.
I had to make this project because of the lace detail along the cuffs and bottom of the sweater.
I’m having a little trouble with the whole open cardigan thing. I spend my day going like this:
And trying to hold it shut. I may need to adapt this, but I just haven’t figured out how. I might need to look for some buttons, unless anyone else has any bright ideas for me?
#2. Calluna Cardigan
I wasn’t totally thrilled with the fit on this one either. It turned out too small, but again, with a good wet block, I was able to get it buttoned.
Ah, buttons. Much better. It just seems like having the buttons gives the cardigan a better shape for my body type. I think it would help to be busty when trying to wear an open cardigan. That way you have something to hold the cardigan out in place so it just doesn’t fall to your sides and hang way open. Lesson learned.
( By the way I’m just speculating with this opinion. Without ever having had a large chest, it is hard to know for sure ;-) I’m just saying it isn’t the pattern design, it’s my issue of not knowing what is best for my body shape.)
You know how I love cables . .
The cables continue around to the back.
It’s another one of those hand-dyed yarns that needs to be worked 2 skeins at a time. I did the same with the DIC Classy in the first project I showed. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t do that, as all my skeins looked quite different. I think it was worth the extra effort though, as I love the subtle color variations in the yarn.
I’m hoping that the next knitting that I have to show will be a spring project. I am truly sick of winter and ready to try something other than wool! BTW, my Ravelry link to these projects can be found here, if you want more info.
Back to work for me – I have new fabric showing up today. More on that soon . . . . .