Look what I’m now wearing!
It’s Amy Swenson’s design Mr. Bluejeans from Knitty’s Deep Fall 2012 issue. It’s roomy – see what I did there with the overlap?
In it’s natural state this is a cardigan that would like to go for a whirl already. So, we did.
Did my gauge swatch lie? I don’t think so. Well, 7 skeins of Sweet Georgia SW Worsted later… Seriously though, I used the size small directions and needed 1,400 yds. A whole 250 yards more! The small grist variation doesn’t account for that.
The sleeve cuffs on my cardigan are slightly shortened. They also have Elizabeth Zimmerman’s i-cord bind-off. In following her advice in Knitter’s Almanac to keep that loose, I got the interesting flare. It’s a design element (ha!).
This was to match my fix for a very raw bottom edge. Luckily I eeked out enough yarn to give that an applied i-cord. Why? Well, the edging pattern is not actual ribbing. All things being equal I like a good ribbed edge on a garment. Some knitters feel that its cinching action is unflattering. There’s just something about a classic rib edge that I love.
Speaking of Pretty Canadian Yarn…
We are in a wonderful time for finding Canadian indie hand-dyed product in local yarn stores.
I first found Turtlepurl when her fibre seduced me at the 2010 Toronto Knitter’s Frolic, and have bought more from her store since. It’s just wonderful to see her yarn carried locally!
A few days later, and we have a new sock project on the needles! I am adjusting the Ampersand design for these. It’s regulating my stress quite nicely, thank you.
A slow project Transformed
The SpinDoctor’s Podcast Listeners Group on Ravelry is spinning together in a Great Sock Yarn Experiment. The inspiration is the new & very super Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson.
I started spinning this Sweet Georgia BFL/ silk top back in around January 2011. In that time, I have made a 164 yard 2-ply skein, and 29 g of singles besides.
The hold-up is simple. You haven’t seen that 2-ply skein because I think that it has fairly ugly barber-polling. Also, I love the Jenkins Delight as a travel spindle but that knob slows me right down. I cope but am annoyed by easing the half-hitch over.
Wouldn’t you know that was at exactly 1/3 of the remaining fibre?! I am now well on my way to having 2 opposite-twist singles all spun up. It takes enough twist to be very nice stress spinning too.
Now don’t let the shock hurt you but…
… yours truly has destashed a spindle. And that is no lie.
A very pretty, and well-made spindle at that. I bought this Spindlewood from Morgaine’s shop at Stringtopia 2011. No small amount of sentiment there but I really do have other spindles in this 22g bracket that I have used more often than this one.
Nice timing for the return of my Wildcraft bracken spindle then, yes?! It was just with a friend, and came back home this Tuesday.
The fibre is the other half of Sandi‘s drum-carded gift to me last fall. It’s a joy to spin: 90% Falkland wool/ 10% silk.
Silly me, I didn’t realize how happy Melvin would be with that there chicken decal…