My first garment of 2007! As soon as I spotted the sun on Sunday morning, I was outside trying to take an outdoors shot. Excuse the dappled effect; the sun was low and bright.
I based this very loosely on the striped cardigan in their latest book. I kept the same stripe sequence, but changed the colours, added some waist shaping (not that you can see that in these photos) and changed the top shaping to raglan rather than a drop sleeve (or half set in, can't remember and I don't have the pattern here at work). I knitted a narrower sleeve, which worked better with the raglan shaping. I've yet to try the Mission Falls cotton (which is a slightly textured cotton) but I give the Mission Falls Wool a thumbs up. Great colours, pleasant to knit with, and it's superwash merino.
I need to get a move on with Ali, as the new magazines will be out very soon! I've already bought a few Debbie Bliss books, and love her Summer magazine, featuring a selection of yarns. I can resist a little while longer, as long as the weather stays chilly!
Chris has spent the weekend looking through my old Rowan magazines, on the lookout for inspiration for his waistcoat. Is it any surprise that every design which caught his attention was a Kaffe Fassett design? He still likes Persian Poppies though, so that's the one we'll be going with. He'd prefer dk, rather than 4ply, but unfortunately most of my brighter colours are shetland jumperweight.
I have stacks of red from my abandoned Hoxbro jacket, but I may need to hunt for more green yarn. All I have to do now is knit a sample square for tension and Chris's approval.
I've started a few small projects over the weekend.
The mysterysock yahoo group, clue one. Although any sock yarn can be used, the designer knitted these with Wildfoote sock yarn, which I bought on our Get Knitted trip. So Wildfoote it is. It's a rather splitty, thin yarn, which I believe (and hope) will bloom after washing, so I'll persevere.
Fabulous, soft yarn and an easy to remember lace pattern. This is a Seaman's scarf, so I'll soon unpick the provisional cast on (on the left), knit a ribbed middle bit for the neck, and then start the second half of the scarf, and knit both ends at the same time until I run out of yarn. This is such a luscious yarn that it would be a shame to not use it all up. I don't think I'll be blocking this either, I love the lace as is.
I've clue 3 of the Mysteryshawl yahoo group to knit this week as well, and let's not forget the start of the Forest Path Stole knitalong! I tell you, the knitalong list page is dangerous for knitters!