My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Hearten, Completed

I finished my Hearten project last weekend.

It actually took a fair amount more yarn than the project called for — by well over 100 yards. And I made the sleeves a bit shorter than the pattern directs.

I also left off the eyelet edging on the sleeve cuffs as I did not like the look of it. I’m very pleased with the results — it’s a very cute, nicely designed sweater!

And Loki is just as pleased — can’t you tell?

Hearten Progress

I now have the two side fronts of Hearten completed.

The pattern has you assemble the pieces and then pick up the stitches to knit the front bands, then knit the neckband. As I sometimes like to do, I’ve changed the order in which I do things.

I picked up and knit the front bands on each side front before assembling the sweater.

That makes things much more portable, as I only have one side front hanging off the needles as I knit the front band.

Then I joined the shoulders and knit the neckband.

And I started a sleeve:

And Loki is standing by, ready to assist!

At your service!

Hearten

Thank you for all the very nice comments about my Toorie Cardigan. In answer to a few questions, I have not yet worn it. Unless we have a cold day coming up in the next week or so, it will likely be put away until next Autumn/Winter.

My new project:

This is Hearten, a design by Kim Hargreaves from Capsule Coll. No. 03 CALM. I found a used copy of the booklet for sale via Amazon.

The pattern calls for Rowan Softyak DK, but I went with something else: I dipped into my precious stash of the now sadly discontinued Rowan Calmer. (I am still bitter about Rowan discontinuing Calmer.) I’m using color # 501 — Preen. The gauge is spot-on using the suggested needles for this project.

Here is Loki’s plan for the day:

Note the nicely crossed paws!

Toorie

My Toorie Cardigan is done!

This is a Martin Storey design from Rowan 65, knit from Rowan Felted Tweed. I made no mods to the pattern — I even ordered the same buttons that were shown on the model (ordering info in Rowan 65).

In other news, I just got a Wyze camera for my home so I can spy on Loki when I am not at home. Here he is, gazing at the front door, waiting for Momma to come home.

Flat Fair Isle

In the comments for my last blog post, there were some questions about working fair isle on the purl side. It’s really not that bad — it just takes a bit of getting used to!

There is an excellent article about knitting fair isle flat on the Loveknitting blog, here. I like that color dominance and the proper way to strand colors on the purl side are addressed in detail.

I have both side fronts of my Toorie Cardi done.

I took a short break from knitting Toorie this week because a colleague just adopted two kitties and I needed to make these:

But I went back to Toorie and knit a sleeve.

And there were a couple of requests for a view of the wrong side:

Here is the best Loki picture of the week: