So I figure I should give a state of the union on my knitting. I don’t really know why as my sister (Hi Kara!) is the only person who currently reads my blog and as she is my roommate and fellow knitter�??she already knows everything there is to know about my knitting projects. But I am going to pretend for this post that there are others who may be interested. So here goes.
Intarsia Sweater �??This is a horribly plain name for what (I think and hope) is turning into a really beautiful sweater. The concept was to find a basic sweater pattern and then find a design I wanted knit onto it by transferring it onto a graph and thus creating a unique piece. The sweater pattern and yarn I got on a trip to NYC in June. The Yarn Co was so awesome. They have some basic patterns that they will customize for you based on your measurements and a gauge swatch. So from them I got a pattern for a fitted v-neck sweater (size=me) and 16 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I love this yarn. It is soft and looks so elegant knitted up. The only thing I don’t love is how long it takes to knit an adult sweater using size 4 needles and a 6×8 gauge. But I had to have a small gauge or I worried my intarsia designs would look too simple and not give the sweater the look I was going for.
For the intarsia, I found a clip art book of Chinese designs. I decided to do a flower that would wrap around my left side and then a butterfly flying on the upper right-hand side of my back. Using this handy site, I transferred the designs I chose to my gauge graph and then played around with colors, design, and placement until it was to my liking.
I started in mid-June and I have finished the back, front, and one sleeve. I am currently working on the second sleeve. You know, sleeves are tricky. You think they are going to be quick knits because, well…they are sleeves. But then when you get down to it, it is just as time consuming as a whole back or front piece.
Here are some pictures of what is done so far.
The front (the flower connects to the one on the back):
I still need to finish sleeve #2, weave my ends in, block, and then sew together. So much work…it better turn out.
Opera Gloves �??This is one of those cases where the yarn comes before the pattern. I picked up some Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) while in NYC that I seriously love. I mean it…I love everything about this yarn. The colors are so beautiful, like raspberries and blueberries and cream. Yum. I love the way it knits up, seriously, everytime I start knitting with it I have to make everyone around me admit how great it is.
See, how beautiful is this?
So I decided I wanted to make gloves. Then I thought long gloves. Then I thought long over-my-elbow gloves. I know, not very practical but I decided to make them anyway. So I found this free pattern online that I thought I could easily adjust (the Koigu is a smaller gauge then the suggested yarn). I have started twice (the top wasn’t looking like I wanted it to so I frogged and used a different ribbing) and am now just barely into my first glove.
A picture of my progress:
So there are the two main things I have on the needles now. I am probably going to expand the group soon as I have purchased the yarn for several projects I am itching to start. So now you are all caught up.
The following 2 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
OMG that sweater is Beautiful!! Great job!!!
Beautiful sweater – I’m designing an intarsia flower sweater for my mother and this is very inspiring…..