Tuesday, April 15, 2008

One F/O, plus two WIP's

I know, winter's over, but while it's still a little cool, I want to get some of my Fall/Christmas wool knitting on the go, so I'm not too overwhelmed and find myself on Christmas Eve, frantically trying to finish off projects to gift!

This is the Foliage hat from Knitty, knitted in Malabrigo Worsted , in 'Sunset'. I followed the pattern exactly ... no modifications of any sort. I'm NOT modeling it, as I look absolutely ridiculous in beanies of any kind! I did try it on for size and found that the hat is quite roomy, so you might want to go down a needle size to make a slightly smaller hat, if necessary. All in all, it was a fun knit! I used just over 1/2 of one skein, so am thinking I may get a child's hat out of the remainder. This yarn is a dream to work with and the colours are just so vibrant, without being too harsh or offensive. Love it!

On to the Spring knitting! I have started the Lutea Lace-Shoulder Shell { Scroll Down}
from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 and I'm using Sirdar Just Bamboo from my stash. I was given 3 balls for my birthday last year, and I picked up another 4, just in case I might want to make a top, rather than a scarf. I'm really glad I did, because it's perfect for this pattern! I'm not crazy about the rolled edge on the bottom ... I may block it so that only the very edge rolls, and not the first 1 1/2"!!! I don't need any belly peaking out :) I may have enough yarn to lengthen the torso a bit ... I'll have to see how it goes.

I haven't worked with a flat ribbon yarn before, so it has taken a little getting used to, but I'm really liking how it knits up. It's not hard on the hands and knits up beautifully on my Clover Bamboo circulars. The stitches are surprisingly uniform and there's a lovely, subtle sheen to the yarn. It looks quite 'dressy', so this may not end up an 'everyday' kind of top, as I was originally thinking. The pattern calls for a yarn that is 50% cotton and 50% microfibre, in an aran weight {not unlike Rowan All Season's Cotton}, but having had some experience with this type of yarn, I was concerned about the 'stretch' factor, hence the substitution. It's 'bang on' for gauge, and seems to be sufficiently stretchy, while having memory, so I think it's going to work out perfectly. I'll keep you posted!

I had this Lion Brand 'Cotton Ease' in 'Stone', 'Lake', & 'Taupe' shades lying around in my stash since last year and actually had another pattern in mind when Danielle (thank you very much! Check her's out ... so cute!) brought this one to my attention. It's a top-down cardigan, with absolutely no seaming ... bring it on! I detest the whole seaming/finishing process, so this was perfect for me. I've omitted one stripe section and have gone straight into the solid chocolate portion. I didn't want to have to change to another colour at the top of the sleeves. Is this ever a quick pattern! I started it last weekend and would likely be finished it by now, if I hadn't got hooked on the Lutea.

I like the colours of the cotton ease, but found it a little hard on the hands while knitting. It just doesn't seem to 'glide' along the needles. I guess that's pretty typical for cotton.

I love my Denise needle set ... I just slide all my 'on hold' sleeve stitches onto a cable, add buttons on the ends so the stitches don't fall off, and I'm good to go.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate all the lovely, encouraging comments that you leave.

8 comments:

Audrey said...

Hi Kerri!

I absolutely LOVE the little baby sweater you are knitting, your grandson will look absolutely adorable in it!! The printer is spitting out the pattern as I write this. I really like your colour combinations too, and I have knit with Cotton-Ease before, and find it OK (trying not to be a yarn snob here!) I'm definitely going to be using the chocolate brown colour with ??
P.S. The other projects look great too!

Virtuous said...

Hiya!!

You know I am luvin' your foliage! :oD

Yah for long time b-day bamboo in use!

And great combo and use of your cotton-ease!

Glad you updated as it is good to hear from you!!

Danielle said...

The foliage hat is so pretty, and I love the color a lot :) I'm really glad that you liked my version of the baby cardi enough to inspire you to knit your own. I really like how you placed your colors. Cotton yarn does tend to be a bit harder on the hands, but this one is one of the softest I've ever used. Cost efficient too. I'm with you about this cardi, it's such a fast pattern with great no seaming finishing! Gotta love that, plus I like working from the top down a lot!

Rachel said...

You've really got some amazing projects going right now! I like the foliage hat - I happen to have some Malabrigo in my stash that would be a great present for my brother, so thanks for the tip!

I think your shell-top will be absolutely gorgeous as well. Isn't it interesting how ribbon yarn knits up? It makes such a cool textured effect!

Nice job with your seamless cardigan, too! I think Danielle finds the nicest patterns.

Tara said...

I really like the colours on your baby cardigan! I've never used Lion Brand...

Marianne said...

Your cardigan looks great too ! I saw Danielle's and is funny to see how the placement of colors can change the looks of it.
I really like Foliage, but I think i'd better make it for one of the girls. I look realy silly in hats too haha ! (like a giant easter egg)
The bamboo tape is very interesting, I'm always so sorry that we don't have as much choice in yarns over here. I ordered something 3 1? months ago for a cardigan in the US, it arrived this morning, goodbye knitting mojo ...

Jackie said...

Love the colours in your baby sweater. Cotton does seem to stick to needles and hands.

Romi said...

Ooooooooh. *Love* the color of Foliage!