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Summer Sweater

August 5, 2016

I was looking to do a light sweater for warmer weather. I decided on just a basic shape and a pattern I knit a while back as one of my first sweaters. The first one didn’t have a very nice fit, but the basic shape was good. I decided to put math to work for me and come up with the perfect gauge. The pattern is the Weekend Retreat Cardi by Lion Brand Yarn. 

I chose the yarn on vacation – very affordable Cascade Avalon in color 35. The yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend and feels quite nice. It was easy to work with and not at all hard on my hands like a 100% cotton can be.

I only have one other cropped sweater so I thought this would be a nice addition, layered over a tank for warm weather.

I cast on for size medium and tried it on as I went. I could tell it was a good size before I even increased to the stitch count for the small size. Details on the math can be found on my Ravelry project page.

I finished it up with a single button I had in my stash. I made a closure using a crocheted loop. Link to instructions for that are on my Ravelry project page.

I am super happy with the way this turned out. The fit is just right – not too loose or tight. I now see the appeal of cropped sweaters. They knit up so fast in a worsted weight!

Kind of thinking it would be nice to have another in a fingering weight with three-quarter sleeves. It would take some more math, but I enjoy a challenge!

Yarn Along – 8/3/16

August 3, 2016

Knitting: Finished my sweater. (Post on that is soon to come!) So I finally could cast on my handspun for the Void shawl by Melanie Berg. 

I love the look of it, but the pattern is on the challenging side with fiddly twisted stitches and some bundled stitches.

The yarn is a handspun worsted weight in a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. Gorgeous stuff.

The yarn is a little challenging in this pattern because it is so fluffy and soft and the pattern has some more complicated twisted stitches, but as long as I keep my tension loose enough it is going pretty easily now that I am on the third pattern repeat. The stitches have a lovely texture and form a triangle pattern.

I plan to shorten the length and will play that by ear as I go. I am not very tall and the shawl in the pattern photos seems a bit too long for me. This will be a long-term knit, so I am settling in for a leisurely pace.

Reading: I started Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light, which is Inspector Gamache #7. The story is very focused on the art world and I am loving her descriptions of the paintings. I feel like I can really see them! Great summer read. I am also listening to a post apocalyptic dystopian audio book (WHY?). The jury is out, so I will refrain from sharing just yet. It is keeping me entertained as I drive my daughter to and from work, so I guess I will keep plugging away.

It is countdown to college drop-off around here, so we’ll see how much brain space I have for knitting a complicated pattern. Progress may be spotty for a few weeks!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 7/26/16

July 27, 2016

 

It’s a sweater!

Still needs to be blocked and a closure constructed, but the knitting is done!

Pattern: Weekend Retreat Cardi from Lion Brand Yarns. Yarn: Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, in color 35. A quick knit in a cropped style.

Reading: Just finished The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, AKA J.K. Rowling. I enjoyed this mystery story. I was engaged by the detective Cormoran Strike and look forward to seeing where his story goes, along with that of his assistant/secretary. Definitely a lighter read than The Casual Vacancy. And has more likable characters.

Next up I plan to start on the Void shawl in my very own handspun! See you next week!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 7/20/16

July 20, 2016

 

 

Quick pop-in update.

Child: Turned 18 and is registered for her first semester of college. (Yikes!)

Knitting: Finishing the body on the Weekend Retreat Cardi pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. Simple, top-down raglan. Adjusted for gauge. Yarn: Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, in color 35. Impressed with this yarn!

Reading: Listening to A Secret History by Donna Tartt. Love it! Such an amazing book! It’s a mystery/thriller where you know who done it from the beginning. Incredible writing; complex characters. Warning – it is not a light read. Rather deliciously dark.

Hope your summer includes some R & R. I am grabbing it when I can get it!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 6/29/16

June 29, 2016

So far summer heat has not deterred me from spinning. Thank goodness I am spoiled with air conditioning.

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As I begin to swatch for my Void shawl, with my merino/silk spin, I plan to start a new project on the wheel. This time I have some Corriedale/Finn batts custom blended by Joanna of Knit Spin Farm. She has a super cool farm in Indiana, so I am happy to support another midwestern Etsy shop.

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The batts are a lovely blue with bits of rusty red. I hope to spin it up to preserve some of the color differences. I say that as if I know what I am talking about. Oh, and I need to get a sock weight, since the fiber is especially well suited for sock knitting. Should be fun!

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I am about the start a new book – Mr. Mac and Me. It sounds like an interesting story – a fictionalized account of a young boy and his relationship with the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It has good reviews, so we shall see!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along. Congratulations to Ginny and family on the arrival of baby Mae!

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Yarn Along 6/22/16

June 22, 2016

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Happy, happy, happy times in the spinning department! I am thrilled with my spin of a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is measuring at a worsted weight, so it looks like I will be giving the Void shawl by Melanie Berg a try. It is a lovely textured long crescent.

I think we need a close up, don’t you think?

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So pretty and heathery! Sigh…

As for reading, I am working on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, #6, Bury Your Dead, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series #24, Small Vices. Summer series reading at its best!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

Yarn Along 6/8/16

June 8, 2016

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Summer is finally kicking in. I got back to a little crafting this week. I finished filling up three bobbins of a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. Lovely stuff! I am ready to test a three-ply before committing to plying all the singles I have done.

Kind of excited to see what kind of yarn I get! I have a shawl pattern picked out, so I am shooting for a worsted weight. Fingers crossed!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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