Knitting has been perfect and this summer it's a fair bet that whenever my hands are freed from the keyboard or pen/cil, they are holding knitting needles.
I realized last night that in all the years I've been knitting I have never made myself the kind of sweater I wanted to wear all the time...until this summer. I don't know what's going on, but my knitting stars seem to be aligned this year. My 3rd FO in Project Cardigan is my Favourite Sweater Ever (or at least to-date!).
This is my Blackberry cardigan, made from Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool and using Baby Cocktails pattern "Bailey's Irish Cream."
|progress shot -- blocking|
My one modification of any significance was the addition of horizontal (short row) bust darts -- my first, and they were really successful.
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It might seem odd to add short rows (I threw in about 5 pairs of short rows) to a lace pattern, but they really did blend in. All that was eliminated in the patterning at the side seam was one cable crossover...I don't think I'd ever notice this if I wasn't looking for it, but the fronts of the cardigan hang SO much better than usual for me.
The next cardigan off the needles wasn't quite as successful...in fact, I haven't brought myself to do those last little bits of neatening and button sewing because I am ambivalent.
This short-sleeved cardi is made from a bamboo yarn and -- don't let it be said I wasn't forewarned (the nice guy at the cash register at Romni Wools tried to tell me!) -- it "grew," unpredictably. In fact, this fits more like my sweaters of yore, too wide aound the shoulders and underarms. Ick.
But it might be okay.... It definitely looks best layered over a long-sleeved dress like the one I happened to be wearing when I was knitting the neckband.
The jury's still out, and I have put this aside for the time being.
Finally, there have been some little things flying off the needles, since I find that it's healthiest for me to have a couple of things going at once.
There have been two lacey things made from HandMaiden Sea Silk (one of my all-time favourite yarns), drawing on patterns in my beloved Japanese stitch dictionary.
I could rattle on, but I think that's PLENTY on knitting discussed in a single post!
By the way, you can find my work on instagram (I'm "enchantedbobbin") and ravelry (my account was set up years ago and then long neglected...it's all pre-enchanted bobbin: there I'm "mother bunch"). So if you're interested in the little progress shots that fill out the time between posts, please look for me there!
Wishing you many happy stitches,