Sunday, March 28, 2010

FO: whisper, ME: relieved

Finally, I finished! My lovely, terrible, beautiful, dreadful whisper cardigan. In the end, I love it.I really need to figure out how to take pictures of myself better than to just use a web cam. Oh well, this will do for now.

It is so light and airy, yet soft. Love the malabrigo lace and wearing it so close to the skin is divine. However, because it is yellow, it is extremely sheer and so there are probably only a few tops that I can wear it with. Blocking helped with the irregular stitches on the sleeves but did not completely fix it. It's not too noticeable, but makes the sweater look "handmade", I think.

I made up an XS size as the size small was too large for me - mods are listed on ravelry. I also made the back longer so it is less of a shrug and more of a cardigan. I wore it once already, and loved wearing it, however after one wear (full day) the sleeve edges are starting to get stretched out. Hopefully this is a one time shape-to-me thing, and it won't KEEP stretching out or else it will not last for long. Also, I noticed some areas where the thick and thin part of the malabrigo lace is VERY thin. Not sure if this is going to be a problem. I just hope it doesn't unravel. I may go over those sections and reinforce, not sure yet.

All in all I'm very happy with this!

I also completed some quick slippers but they don't stay on my feet, so I'm going to fix them up a bit before saying they are actually complete.

Started my double-v cardigan as well. The hempathy is nice but stiff to knit with so I can't do it for long periods of time. However, you can tell it softens up as you work with it and I've read that with wash and wear it becomes very soft and lovely, so I am looking forward to that!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

too many cardigans

So I've been trying to decide on a new cardigan to knit, since I've recently completed some big projects and only have TWO WIPS on the needles right now! I'm still trying to complete my whisper cardigan, but I have to say I hate knitting it!! Well, no, I hate knitting the sleeves. No, I hate knitting on DPNs. No. I hate knitting sleeves in lace weight yarn on DPNs. I am on month #9 of this endeavor (although the knitting time is extremely limited - maybe 5-10 hours total so far for all the times I've started over) and I am so tired of it. So, I'm going to bring a new cardigan into the fold!

Option #1: Double v cardigan by Melissa Wehrle in IK Spring 2010
I love her designs. This cardigan is simple and classic, and would be interesting to knit because it is an all-over lace pattern (no stocking stitch yay!). It also uses a DK weight yarn, which will be a nice change from all the lace weight yarn I've been using lately. I have the pattern. Only problem, I do not have any yarn for this, and I'm trying to knit from stash as much as possible. It calls for a cotton/linen/rayon blend which my LYS has nothing of the sort.

Option #2: Tissue cardigan by Deborah Newton in IK Spring 2010 This cardigan immediately caught my eye. I has a simple body with an interesting lace yoke. It calls for a lace weight yarn held double, so the actual knitting is at about a sport/worsted weight. When looking at this pattern, I realized I have the perfect yarn for it in my stash - Tanis Fibre Arts Pink Label lace in Chesnut. I have 2000 yards of it, which is just about enough to make this cardigan. Its a tonal hand dyed yarn, so held double I think it would give a really interesting colour texture. I'd have to swatch first to make sure, but I think it would be perfect. Two problems with this one: first, its a lot of stocking stitch, which I'm king of tired of after knitting citron, whisper and socks only for the last few months. I haven't done any lace since before Christmas and I'm missing it. Second, it requires me to wind 2000 yards of lace yarn, which although I do have a swift, would still have to be wound BY HAND and I don't think I have the patience for that right now.

Option #3: Geodesic cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio in Knitscene Winter/Spring 2010
This cardigan is modern with interesting details, and I could see it being an everyday cardigan. I have some kettle dyed black lace weight merino yarn that I bought with the intention of making a shawl with. However, its not a black black, it's more of a faded black. I feel like with lace shawls and wraps, you really need to have saturated, strong colours. Maybe it's just me, but I like the colour to POP with the lace. As soon as I got the yarn (I ordered it online) I knew it wasn't right for a shawl. So it's been sitting ever since. Once I saw this cardigan, my mind immediately went to the black yarn. This cardigan would totally suit the kettle dyed, weathered look. This cardigan has two problems as well: 1) I do not have the pattern and cannot find the mag anywhere in town or online (sold out or back ordered) and 2) MORE STOCKING STITCH AND IN LACE WEIGHT YARN I don't know if I can take more of this right now while I still have whisper on the needles.

Well, fortunately the solution just appeared out of thin air - my finger wandered to Webs and just purchased 6 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in navy blue ... that should do the trick for the double v cardigan! I suppose I'll still have to wait a few weeks for this to arrive, but in the mean time I can try to buckle down and finish this stupid whisper (which I'm sure I'll love when I'm done because the yarn is so delicious, but I just can't stand right now). Oh and also to look for a ball winder. And the knitscene mag. So that I can eventually knit all three options. Yum!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

a new, hot pink, FO!

Well, I didn't finish my citron shawl on my trip, but I did finish it a week later, while recuperating from a plane-ride-home-developed cold! It's so light and airy and soft, I love it! Not entirely sure how to wear it yet, but here are some pics ...I know, I need better pictures! Oh well.

Speaking of my trip, it was fantastic! We had a fabulous week full of sun, ocean, cities and jungle. We went swimming, kayaking and jet skiing. We saw the Panama Canal. We went zip lining. We went shopping. All in all, a great trip! I came back quite relaxed and tanned, even though I was sick. I was able to go back to work feeling refreshed. Only thing is, now I crave pina coladas all the time!