Those of you who guessed that the Koigu Kersti was destined to become something cabled were correct.
Those of you who guessed that the Koigu Kersti would become something cabled and Starmore were correcter.
But no one got it exactly right.
The Koigu Kersti is going to become Cromarty, from The Celtic Collection, which is one of the few older Starmore books that one can acquire for a reasonable price.
I’ve had the Kersti in stash for quite a while. I bought it after seeing Rachael’s Cromarty made from Kersti.
(An aside: there was a question in the comments about how I store my yarn. It is, for the most part, kept in plastic bags, stacked on shelves. I don’t really have a system for organization my stash. I depend on my memory. A scary concept at best.)
I’ve had my copy of The Celtic Collection for many years, but Cromarty never called out to me as a must-knit. I think it was because of the yarn used for the original design in the book. It’s Rowan Designer DK, in what I think is a sort of boring shade of light blue. It wasn’t until I saw Rachael’s beautiful rendition of Cromarty that I felt the need to knit it.
But the yarn has been marinating in the stash for ages. It’s about time I pulled it out. I wound one skein into a ball the other night and did a swatch with the recommended needle size — a 3.75mm or U.S. 5.
Now, I’ve read discussions all over the place about people not being able to get Starmore’s stitch and row gauge, and it is widely accepted that her gauge is hard to achieve for most people. I am clearly weird, because I have never had problems getting gauge for a Starmore sweater, and this one is no exception. With the recommended needle, I get the exact stitch and row gauge with Koigu Kersti.
The pattern calls for 15 skeins of Rowan Designer DK — a 50 gram skein has about 125 yards. A 50 gram skein of Kersti has 115 yards, so we’re pretty close there. I’ve read horror stories about people running out of yarn for Cromarty, so I’m betting having 21 skeins of the Kersti, I’ll have enough. Particularly since I’m getting the recommended gauge.
So that’s it. Next up after the Maltese Shawl will be Cromarty.
I liked Nicole’s comment:
Soo I’m staring at that swatch thinking how in the h… do i think i can guess your next project off a plain vanilla reverse st st swatch; soo i try to spy out what pattern page may be underneath sort of cheating when suddenly i spot it.
Gosh is this an action shot of an adorable magnetic needle holder actually in use there on the edge of the table?
Nicole is talking about this:
She very kindly sent me this magnetic needle holder this past Christmas. As you can see, I put it to good use!
And I was very sneaky — when I photographed the swatch, it was lying on this:
That’s the January ’07 Turner Classic Movies program guide. Which reminds me — I’ve not yet gotten the February program guide. Hmmmph!
So, I’m going to dedicate large chunks of time to knitting the edging on the Maltese Shawl this weekend. The Washington DC area was supposed to get snow and ice tonight into tomorrow morning. I was hoping against hope that at the very least the government was on “unscheduled leave” so I could call in “unwilling to venture out in the ice and stay home and knit lace edging.” However, it looks like the storm is not going to reach us. *sob*
Well, here is the second Slayer sock.
I’ll finish it tonight, and start a sock for tomorrow’s commute using this:
“I wish Momma was gonna stay home with me tomorrow!”