Here is Irving, happily snuggled up in his new sweater.
As mentioned in my previous post, I knitted this from the new Knitpicks Andean Silk and Andean Silk Twist (colors Olive and Prairie respectively) in stripes. Easy as pie.
(You probably don’t need the Eric Cartman/pie reference here, do you?)
While I’m sure that you can all figure out how to knit this without me telling you, I’m going to tell you anyway.
Knit a swatch. I used size 4 US dpns. Why size 4? Because I have them in bamboo and I prefer wooden dpns to metal (my 5s, 6s, and 7s are all metal) ones. It’s a smaller needle size than the yarn band recommends (they say size 7 or 8 which I think is too big anyway for the yarn), but I wanted a firm fabric for Irving’s sweater.
Measure your swatch. I got 5.5 stitches to the inch.
Measure your iPod. Irving’s chubby little body (while wearing his rubber case) is exactly 7″ around. He’d like you to know that he’s chubby because he’s a 40Gb iPod, not because he’s overweight.
Wait — another Cartman reference! “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned!”
Multiply 5.5 by 7 and you get 38.5. So I cast on 38 stitches onto my dpns and worked in stripes of two rows for each color, until the sleeve was deep enough to fit Irving and cover him completely.
On the last round I decreased two stitches evenly, to give me 36, a number divisible by 4. Then I worked in k2 p2 ribbing for a bit, then cast off all stitches except the last 2.
I worked an i-cord from the last 2 stitches until it was long enough to make a wrist strap. Cast off, sew the end of the strap down securely, and sew up the bottom.
Presto, chango, Irving has a new sweater!
As I mentioned on Friday, I play Irving in shuffle mode and use a remote, so I don’t need access to his click wheel. So this is the perfect solution to keep him both cozy and stylish.
Of course, I’ll need to make him one in cotton for summer. Hmmmmm, I bet he’d like a Rowan Calmer cozy!
L-B kindly sent me this yummy roving:
It’s blueberry citrus (great name, eh?) wool from Holly Spring Homespun
I spun it into singles:
That’s some pumpkin dyed mohair locks draped over the singles — L-B sent that along to knit into the ends of the yarn as scarf fringe. Cool idea!
Here’s the resulting yarn:
Lucy shows her approval of the finished back of Kinsale:
And Who Is This Little Girl?
Nope, it’s not Lucy. This is one of Cat’s beautiful Ragdolls, Ruby.
Ruby and Lucy sure look like they could be sisters, don’t they?
Lucy Sez . . .
Will you be my Valentine?