Weekend Work

This weekend was so nice and relaxing, filled with time spent at the beach, and at the movies seeing a double feature of Hunger Games & Interstellar.  But of course, no weekend is complete without some knitting time!  Usually when I’m at the beach while Jason surfs, I’ll take a knitting project along to knit while sitting on the sand on a warm California winter day (don’t hate me east-coasters).  This time I took my Lila project with me for some mindless stockinette stitch knitting, and I finished the second sleeve, and was able to join the two sleeves to the body.

Here’s my progress on the yoke so far!  I’ve continued the P2 accent seams from the sides to the raglan shaping, and I really like the look.  Makes it just a little bit different from the other Lila’s I’ve seen out there.  That and the sparkly hint to this winter white yarn.  This yarn was a special purchase from Twist, Yarns of Intrigue, a LYS in Manhattan Beach, CA that has always been my go-to for amazingly one-of-a-kind yarns.

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And of course, I’m still working on Timberline – it goes faster now as I’m much more used to the cable pattern, and I can look at the chart less often.

 

Swatch Story

Ellis – This was one of the designs I submitted to Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 9 Call for Submissions.  The wrap sweater is worked from the center back to the front, and the other side is picked up from the provisional cast on and worked to the other front.  Armholes are created by binding off stitches in one row, and then casting on stitched in the second row.  The sleeves are then picked up and worked in the round to the wrist.

I’ve chosen to work this sweater with yarn from my stash – Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in White, Olive, and Dark Brown.  I love the way the three colors look worked with the feather and fan edging.

 

Dover – I’ve shown this one before, but now I will be making two versions: One with a special hand-dyed laceweight silk from Twist, Yarns of Intrigue, and the second with Anzula Mermaid, in a very subtle golden cream color.

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Lyford – A v-neck pullover featuring staghorn and braid cables, and a background of moss stitch.  Swatch is worked in a 100% pure wool merino yarn, I will likely be using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter instead for this, I have some skeins of LongJohn in my stash that I can’t wait to put to good use.

Midnight Crossing – A cowl worked in a garter stitch & cable pattern with the squishiest of yarns (Shibui Knits Maai) (no swatch yet)

Roanoke – Another cowl (I can’t seem to help myself!) worked in Madelinetosh Vintage with an accent cable & leaf pattern (no swatch yet)

Surfline – A blanket/throw that I only knit a few rows at a time.  I’m hoping this will be complete before winter’s end, it’s already pretty cozy knitting it while it’s on my lap – super easy pattern, can’t wait to finish it and release it!

Still Knitting

Hey folks, I’m sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted much in here, I’ve been busy trying to keep pace with my deadline for the Timberline Cardigan.  Last week I completed the first sleeve, and this weekend I managed to get about halfway through the second.  If I can finish the second sleeve and start the back piece by the end of this week, I’ll be on schedule, thank goodness!

In the middle of all the hubbub this weekend – completely overhauling my room (including a very comprehensive stash organization), dinner plans on both Friday & Saturday night – I also managed to swatch a few designs that I’m looking forward to working on once Timberline is complete, so look forward to a very swatch-centric post later this week!

 

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Once I figured out the desired number of cast on stitches and rate of increasing, the actually knitting of the Timberline sleeve was pretty painless.  Now to start knitting the second sleeve!  After which I’ll need to work on the math required for knitting the body flat in pieces, instead of in one piece to the armholes, so stay tuned for another very detailed post.

I’m still working away on my Avalanche design, and I’ve come up with three (three!) new cowl design ideas – Midnight Crossing, Roanoke, and Tabernas.  Once Avalanche is complete, I’ll be getting started on those :

Midnight Crossing will be knit using Shibui’s new yarn Maai in this inky black color and features an all-over garter stitch & cable pattern.
Roanoke will be knit using Madelinetosh Vintage and features two intricate cable & leaf panels separated by a wide panel of garter stitch.
Tabernas will be knit using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in the round with two alternating colors & horizontal lace bands.

Swatch shots coming soon!