I still knit folks. I swear. And this proves it.
It is Rosa!
Remember this pattern? Yeah, I know, it has been a while. I got this kit last May when I visited Kara in London and promptly cast on, knit the bottom ribbing, and then totally lost interest. A couple of months ago, I was feeling the excitement of needing a new project. I chose a (completely different) project, ordered yarn, and while I was waiting, I picked up Rosa again. Well, my new yarn came but by that time I knew that I needed to finish this sweater or I never would.
Even not counting the months and months this project lay dormant, it still took me longer than it should have. I am not entirely sure why but I suspect it has something to do with the color. Knitting with black yarn is just not fun. I wouldn’t think it would make that big a difference but it really did. Don’t get me wrong, I like the end product and am glad I choose the color I did to get the finished look I got but, black yarn just doesn’t excite me as it is being knitted.
The fun part of knitting this sweater came in the form of ruffles. Sure there were like 300+ stitches of kidsilk haze on each–they were time consuming and a little fiddly but the ruffles were at least fun to make.
Source: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn:Rowan RYC Cashsoft 4-ply, Black & Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Slate
Needles: US 1 & 3
Mods: I added about 3 inches of length to the bottom of the sweater–just adding rows evenly between increases and also adding some rows to the straight knitting at the waist.
I am really happy with the end result of this sweater. If the two sweaters I have made from Kim Hargreaves patterns are any indication of the rest, I feel like her style and fit is a very flattering one and I highly recommend her designs. For your information, I believe Rosa is now a pattern in Kim’s book Thrown Together so you no longer have to order a full kit from England to get the pattern. Just in case you are interested.
And yes, I know I look like I am mad. I’m not.