Not only Monday, but a Monday holiday here in the U.S.: Memorial Day.
And even though it is still May, I am announcing the June Contest today. Why? Because I am the Queen of this blog and I say so.
We have a special prize this month:
This is 1897 yards of drool-worthy mohair (90% mohair, 10% nylon), donated by Jen of Spirit Trail Fiberworks, who hand-dyed it especially for the Wendyknits contest. Isn’t it spectacular?
Thank you so much, Jen!
And all you must do to enter the drawing to win it is to send me an email at the Official Wendyknits Blog contest email address — firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the link to send your contest entry. Please do not send entries to my regular email address — use this one.
Send an email to that address by Friday, June 4 at 4:00pm EST to be entered in the drawing for this yarn. The winner will be chosen at random.
I suppose if I were to submit an entry and win, it would look suspicious? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere
I’ve received several questions on how I like working with this yarn.
I started knitting the Lucy sweater using Addi Turbos. I quickly switched to bamboo needles because the Addi Turbos were a tad slippery for knitting the lace portion. and I stuck with the bamboos, because I liked how they felt with the yarn. So for the readers who found it slippery to work with, try a wooden needle, if you haven’t already.
It’s not a shiny cotton. The addition of the cashmere gives it a soft hand. It’s great for stitch definition and worked really well for the Lucy lace pattern.
Now here’s something interesting.
The lavender cotten cashmere was very nice, lovely to work with. I started knitting with the teak cotton cashmere and hello! Knitting heaven. I can hear quires of angels singing in the heavens above every time I pick it up.
Remember in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when they showed the image of the grail in the sky (which was really the light from the grail-shaped beacon in the Castle Anthrax) you could hear angels singing?
That’s how I feel about the teal Cotton Cashmere. It’s soft and springy and just all together yummy.
I was surprised at the difference between the two colors, though. But as a friend reminded me (hej, Johanne!) some yarns will react differently to different colors of dye. So perhaps that’s it.
Even with that variation, I recommend it. I’ll be using it again.
The Lucy Sweater!
Speaking of Cotton Cashmere, here are the official FO shots of my Lucy sweater.
It is too large for me, of course. I am still making sweaters too large for me. I really should have made mine in the smallest size.
That said, I really like this sweater oversized. It has gentle waist shaping that I think looks rather nice when worn in a loose-fitting way. And in the summer heat, a loose-fitting sweater is a Very Good Thing Indeed.
I am considering making myself another one in the small size, because I think I’d like that too.
I also decided to add instructions to the pattern to make the sweater without the waist shaping, as that is not flattering to everyone. One could easily make it longer, too, in a tunc length.
I’ll be offering the pattern in fours sizes, with finished bust measurements of 35, 39, 42.5, and 46″.
More progress . . .
And even a bit on Ingeborg.