Notes: Finished in time to wear to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival! Photos from the EverReady Diner
This project grew after wet-blocking (mostly length). The project was knit exactly according to pattern but the length is at hip and the sleeves stretched from 3/4 to bracelet length. Fortunately, I am happy with the finished dimensions. Very soft, wonderful sheen and drape. Overall a very welcome addition to my wardrobe.
Pattern: Green Gable Yarn: 3.75 skeins of Fibre Company's Savannah DK (WEBS tent sale!) Mods: Longer sleeves, longer body, seed stitch edges on bottom and cuffs These photos were taken the morning after I had worn the sweater all day on a steamy Martha's Vineyard. I'm pleased that this Cotton, Linen, Merino, Soy Blend seems to retain its shape fairly well and can serve as a comfortable spring/summer garment.
I start my new job on Monday (feminist non-profit, yay!) so I treated myself to some goodies from Woolgirl.
I had long wanted to try Madelinetosh sock yarn, especially the colorway she designed to benefit the Umoja Usao Women's Group in Kenya. But, I couldn't resist also picking out a skein of her "Canary," silver, yellow and white--perfectly springlike.
Even so, the real indulgence was another skein of A.L. de Sauveterre's cashmere. When I started my job search last summer I kept hold of the idea of this yarn as my prize. As soon as I received the offer I added "Japanese Maple" in the Mont Blanc dk weight to my cart. I've had a fair amount of knitting time between jobs but I've definitely set a personal record from skein to finished object this time. My parcel arrived from Woolgirl on Monday afternoon, I cast on Tuesday and 5 or so hours of knitting later, I wove in ends on Thursday.
FO: Mont Blanc Cowl Yarn: A.L. de Sauveterre Mont Blanc in "Japanese Maple" 1 skein, 200 yds dk Pattern: CO 85 sts and join with US 8 24" circular. K 6 rows. P 1 row. Switch to US 6 needles. K until piece measures 13" (or approx. 175 yds used). Switch to US 8 needles. P 1 row. K 6 rows. Use stretchy bind-off. Weave in ends. Wear as single layer, doubled, or inside out.
Thanks everyone for your kind words about Byron. It's been hard adjusting to his sudden absence and I don't think we'll be without a MC for long. I've come to think that his death was related to HCM as he had a known heart murmur and experienced hind end paralysis and difficulty breathing in the few days before he died. He was rescued from an unscrupulous breeder and it's unlikely his litter had been screened.
I hereby proclaim that 2008 shall see a new pair of socks completed each month.
FO: Monkey Socks v.3
Yarn: Schaefer Yarns Heather is a squishy blend of merino, silk & nylon. The only draw-back I can think of is its price tag. I was lucky enough to get this on sale!
Needles: 1.5US Knitpicks dpn. Unfortunately, 2 out of 5 needles of the set were defective. Grr.
Pattern: Monkey again. This pair has a short-row heel and 7 repeats on the leg.