Posts Tagged ‘green’

Cabled and green

April 14, 2011

Remember that box of yarn that came in the post last November? Some of it has become a cardigan.

This is Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio, a pattern I fell in love with as soon as I saw it in Twist Collective. Those three-quarter sleeves! That understated cabling, growing from ribbing, flowering briefly, and dissolving back unto that whence it came! The seamless construction! That casual-but-pretty, throw-on-with-any-outfit charm! Perfect.

And then there was that WEBS special of free postage for Knitting Daily subscribers, where they forgot to add ‘US addresses only’. Forty dollars worth of international postage at no charge? Yes, please. I wanted to make this a trans-seasonal cardigan and so set out in search of a good wool/cotton blend yarn (having read somewhere that fibre composed of 50% wool and 50% cotton is greater than the sum of its parts). A user review pretty much made the decision for me: ‘Just buy it. You won’t be disappointed.’ And the winner is Spud & Chloe Sweater.

That anonymous reviewer was totally right. This yarn would be a bargain at twice the price. When you’re knitting it feels like wool, soft, bouncy and without the crispness that cotton and cotton-blend yarns often have, but it’s cool enough to wear in spring and autumn. And according to the manufacturers you can machine wash and tumble dry it (though of course I’ve no plans for any such sacrilege). It’s marketed as a children’s yarn and most of the colourways are pretty strong, but if you can go with that it’s amazing. I would definitely use this again and again.

Knitting such a beautiful, cleverly-constructed pattern from such fantastic yarn was a joy. I hate seaming and tend to choose patterns that allow me to avoid it, but raglans often don’t flatter broad shoulders. Metro’s sleeves are picked up around the armhole, the cap shaped with short rows, and the sleeve worked in the round. I’d heard of this sleeve technique and was anxious to try it. Now having done it twice (once for each sleeve, see) I am convinced this is the only way to knit sleeves. Ever.

The only modifications I made to this pattern were to graft the shoulders instead of using a three-needle bind off, and to knit the sleeves to fit my long arms instead of to the written measurement. I’d be very tempted to make this again, and the only thing I’d change is the size. You’ll notice it looks fairly snug on me, which is a result of the evil gauge gremlins changing my gauge between swatch and garment (again). However the difference wasn’t enough to make it unwearable so I decided not to frog.

Pretty damn awesome, if I do say so myself. Everything about this was good: great yarn, fun to knit, great to wear, good-looking, and a pretty good fit. My green metro is ravelled here.

Sue’s socks

July 20, 2009

The best thing about knitting small projects is that they’re finished so quickly. I love that feeling of elated righteousness that comes with finishing a project. And with socks and hats and things, I get that feeling nice and often.

So here is another FO for you to gawp at and for me to preen about: the socks I’ve been knitting for my mother in law, Sue.

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If you’re on Ravelry, you can read the project details here. They’re made of 100% New Zealand wool (the same sort as Dad’s socks, actually) in a rather shocking shade of turquoise. My camera has enhanced the colour, but only slightly—they really are quite bright.

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The pattern is a waffle rib, and they were knit top-down with a heel-flap heel. DK-weight wool makes for very quick sock knitting, and is more appropriate for house socks I think—the extra thickness keeps you warmer in bed, and cushions those little tootsies when you’re padding about the house.

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I think Sue will like them, and they will definitely brighten up dull winter days.

Now I can get onto the next pair of socks on my list—whew!—with any luck they’ll all be done before winter’s over.

Green’s not that difficult, actually

June 1, 2009

Just wanted to share some pics of the lovely birthday girl Libby in the beret I knit her!

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The pattern is Urchin by Ysolda Teague and I made it in that amazing green handspun I shared with you a little while ago.

Libby’s favourite colour is green. When I was showing her my stash a few months ago she picked up that skein, snuggled into it and told me she loved it—so it’s been earmarked for her since then. I love it when people tell me exactly what they like, it makes gift-giving so much easier!

It’s Libby’s birthday today, but as I’m out of the country (more on that soon) I gave Urchin to her on Thursday, when I saw her last. We were sitting on the couch having coffee at our favourite cafe, A Bite to Eat. A good way for both of us to start our Thursdays, I think.

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Happy Birthday, gorgeous girl!