Sunday, February 17, 2008

FO: Tangled Yoke Cardigan and FO: Little Leaf Scarf

2 FOs for the price of one today.

Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang Interweave Knits Fall '07
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in Whisper 7 balls (just a few yards of #7)
Needles: Susan Bates US4 36" and DPN, Addi US3 and US0, Inox US2
I love this sweater and I am so glad it is finished. The fit is perfect. I added some length to the garter rib section somewhat accidentaly but I decided to keep it and I am so glad I did. The length is perfect for me, I'd always rather er on the side of too long. I used US3 for the collar (what a pain that was for me) and US2 for the button bands simply because I didn't have long enough 3s. I picked up 152 stitches to compensate for the extra length, it may have been a few too many as the bands flop a tiny bit but I think it looks fine. I may wear this open from time to time and I am not doing those again. This was a nice knit, it was a pain at times but thankfully those moments came near the end and with a finished sweater in sight I ripped and kept going. This sweater greatly increased my knitting confidence not because of the complicated yoke or the folded hem but because of a near disaster Friday night. As I was kitchenering up the last armpit after finishing the collar and button bands the yarn snapped in my hands. I thought I had accounted for all of the loose stitches and finished up. As I excitedly tried on the sweater I heard a loud snap and almost had a heart attack. Something in the armpit broke and I had way more stitches loose than I should have. After over an hour of examining things I finally managed to graft the loose stitches from the front and then finish up the armpit. So after a freak out and some nasty words all ended well. My husband actually asked me if I enjoyed knitting during this whole debacle, my answer was of course! Just look at the finished product, it's worth all the time and effort to have a comfy new sweater. This yoke shot is a good representation of the color. I am afraid of damage with wear (which will be a lot) after the breakage but I have plenty of yarn left over and I'm getting the hang of this grafting thing. Just please don't let the yoke break!

Last night I also finshed up my Little Leaf Scarf

Pattern: Little Leaf Scarf by Pam Allen from Classic Elite Make it Modern
Yarn: Classic Elite Soft Linen in Soft Fern 17grams
Needles: Clover Bamboo US6

I adore this scarf. It is so freaking cute I can't stand it. I also love this yarn like you wouldn't believe. It is so soft, light, easy to work with, not splitty, just perfect. More is on the way for the Soft Linen Button Up Shrug and it is bringing it's cotton bamboo friend for the Girl-Tank both from the same booklet. They may have talked some Valley Yarns Colrain into coming along too... Yeah, that free shipping coupon Webs sent to those who bought during the sale burned a hole in my inbox. I just hope they don't sell out of the yarn before it ships. Man, I am on a yarn diet for sure now. I've never had a stash before but when this stuff arrives I'll have 4 projects backlogged, ouch. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. The scarf pattern doesn't require DPNs I just like keeping a small project on small needles and I like bamboo. If you make this beware that the length given for the scarf is way too long. Measure as you go, I had to rip back to get it just right. I love this booklet so much and will probably make everything in it, I'll write up more as I go. Tonight I cast on for the Textured Tunic from Fitted Knits in Tahki Donegal Tweed I got from the Super Bowl sale at Woolworks. Yeay for a project on US9 needles!

p.s. Is any one else having spell check problems?

1 comment:

Delila said...

Good for people to know.