Summer yielded quite the hearty harvest. Two snuggly winter sweaters and more on needles at I type.
For Ravelry's Official Sexy Knitter's Club 3rd quarter Knit-A-Long (or KAL if you will) we got to choose from two designers & I chose Wendy Bernard, as I just purchased her fantastic book, Custom Knits, for my Karma tank.
I knit up Jane & Lion Neck Cardigan and ooh baby did I learn a thing or two.
First to finish: Lion Neck
Coming in at a quick 2 weeks (and while working Jane mind you) one has to respect the speed of a bulky weight yarn. BooYa!
I knitted the large, going off the finished bust measurement, but the sweater wound up being awfully large on me. I'm currently pondering who to gift it to. It needs a taller recipient. It's an armhole thing. I spent a lot of time rechecking to see if I truly got gauge when I knit my test swatch, and yuppers, I did. I checked throughout the sweater, and that baby is dead on. I'm a pretty even knitter. I swatch religiously.
I chose not to make any modifications on the sweater, but this next one, I believe I am going to do some waist decreases, and I am knitting the next size down. I will also pay VERRRRRRRRRRY close attention to the armhole on the raglan. Another knitter just gave me a heads up on how to do it...will share on Snuggly Lion Redux when I get a chance!
Without further ado....my Snuggly Lion! (can I just say Rowan RYC Soft Tweed is friggin' delish? Wool, silk, oh my gawwwwwd.)
Below...check out my too big raglan sleeves.
If I were a fan of baggy sweaters, I would be fine with this, but I prefer to wear my clothing, not the other way around!
Ohhkay. I think I'm in love. With Cascade 220 that is. Nice low price, feels so nice, easy to knit with? Check please! I'm still out on the sweater. I need to wear it with the right outfit (this was a last minute photo snapped to submit my FO for the KAL deadline...this is a quiz, you remember the acronyms, right?)
I wasn't able to score velvet ribbon at Michael's, so I had to settle for grosgrain which I find far too slippery. So I'm off to get some velvet & perhaps some sort of a closure to jazz it up. I also need to wear the right top underneath. I have a great black tank that will work so much better. Not sure if I love the style on me, but its not bad for a mommy bumming around sweater and I learned how to do sleeve caps on this sucker.
Did I mention I had to frog (knitspeak for rip out/unravel) BOTH sleeves before I realized I only knit 3 short rows on the shoulder cap? Having never executed them before, I actually read the pattern literally instead of thinking it through.
Honestly, I'm not sure you should be drinking & knitting, but hell...wine & yarn are my vices!
These could be the worst pictures of me ever posted on the net, hence the headless knitter pose.
More fun and games tomorrow as I commence on a kick ass yarn-hopping through Downtown Portland. Knit-Purl & Knit Knot here we come!
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