My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Rainy Sunday

After a spell of very hot, horribly humid days, we are now entering a spell of chilly rainy days, with the threat of a hurricane at the end of the week. Quite a change from last week! I’m happy to see cooler days amd as long as I’m indoors, I love the rain. Good knitting weather!

I am nearing the end of the second quadrant of my Rose Cardi — still 50-some rows to go.

But today I have something else I need to work on ao I’ll set it aside for a day. It’s taking me a week and then some to knit a quadrant so I still have quite a way to go on this. I’m not in any particular hurry though, so that’s okay.

My little helper is ready and waiting for me to settle down on the couch so he can snuggle in next to me.

 

A Pattern So Nice I’m Knitting It Twice

Very rarely, with the exception of “plain vanilla” socks, do I knit the same pattern twice. But this is one of those times when I’ve found something I like so much, I want to knit it again!

I am knitting a second Rose Cardigan.

I knit this pattern the first time a few months ago, shortly after the pattern was released. Here’s the Ravelry project page for my first Rose Cardigan. I knit that one from Malabrigo Mechita, a 100% merino fingering weight wool. I love the style of this cardi and managed to wear it once before the weather got too warm.

My current Rose Cardi is knit from this:

This is Wollmeise Blend, which is 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon/Polyamide. It’s one of my favorite yarns and comes in all the glorious Wollmeise colorways. The colors I’m using are:

That is the order I’m fading them in, and here is my progress on the first quadrant:

This past work-week was a very busy and stressful one for me, so I came home from work each day and collapsed in a pile. Therefore, not a lot of knitting each night. But we are in the middle of a holiday weekend here in the U.S. so I plan to dedicate the next couple of days to a lot of knitting.

And of course I’ll be carving out time for this little cutie too!

Comfort Fade Cardi

I finished my Comfort Fade Cardi last Thursday.

And the back:

I knit this from Miss Babs’ Kaweah DK weight merino wool, in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways.

I rate this project “meh” for a couple of reasons.

First, I don’t like the transition between the first two colors, but that is one of the perils of purchasing yarn online, not seeing the colors in person.

Second, (and this is my own fault) it is huge. I could invite a couple of friends in with me and have a party. I definitely should have gone down a couple of sizes.

On the plus side, it is going to lovely and warm come winter. The yarn is very soft and the deep shawl collar feels wonderful.

Onward.

In the cooments for my last blog post there was a question about how I store my knits. I do have a cedar chest, and that holds several Dale of Norway and Alice Starmore fair isles. I also have a walk-in closet that has some cedar paneling in it. And I have blocks of cedar that I put in drawers where more knits are stored, along with anti-moth herb sachets. So a little of everything.

I’ve started a new project (of course) but I’ll save it for next time!

Loki can’t wait.

Newsom

I finished Newsom on Thursday.

Here’s the back:

The only mod I did was to do an i-cord cast-off on the front bands/collar, and to pick up and work a few garter stitch rows along the bottom edge, and do an i-cord bind-off there as well.

I made this from Shalimar Enzo Sport in the Thistle colorway and used the suggested needles: a U.S. 3 and 5.

That’s my August Camp Loopy project done. So I now return to my regularly scheduled knitting. I was working on a Comfort Fade Cardi that I set aside to make my Camp Loopy project. I returned to it last week:

I have the body and the huge shawl collar done, and have started the first sleeve. The pattern directs you to work the sleeves before the collar, but I wanted to get that huge expanse of shawl collar knitting done before working the relatively quick sleeves. I expect to have this completed within a week or two.

Meanwhile, Loki strikes a pose:

All Together Now

I have made some great progress on my Newsom cardi due to a couple of marathon knitting sessions this week. I have started the yoke, where you add the sleeves onto the needle and then knit up from there, decreasing to make the raglan “seams.”

That’s a raglan seam — here is the whole thing on the needles:

All is going well, but there’s a mode that I wish I had made. It didn’t occur to me until it was too late.

So, you knit the body until you reach the armhole. You knit each sleeve separately from cuff to top, and leave the live stitches on a holder. Then you incorporate the sleeves with the body and start knitting the whole yoke in the round.

What I wish I had done was to work the last few rounds of each sleeve back and forth instead of in the round, so that the top couple of inches of the sleeve had an open seam on the underside instead of being a continuous tube. When I incorporated the live sleeve stitches into the body of the sweater, I discovered how tight and unwieldy the sleeves were to knit across. It was very difficult to work the first couple of inches of the yoke because the beginning and end of the sleeve stitches are so close together because there is no “give” in the sleeve. I would have been able to spread the stitches out more if I had worked the top couple of inches of the sleeve back and forth. The way it was, you really need to magic loop to give yourself enough room to knit, but the longest circular needle I have in the right size is not long enough to magic loop with that many stitches on the needle.

I’m now past the point where this is a problem, but it made for some very uncomfortable knitting, and I consider it a design flaw. I went back and read some of the notes marked “helpful” for this project in Ravelry and noted that one knitter said she almost threw the project away in frustration when she got to this point. I feel for her!

But as I said, I am past that point, so all is well now.The more I knit, the shorter the rows get, so that’s a good thing. I am planning to pick up and knit a bottom band on the sweater after I finish the body because I think the bottom edge has a bit of an unfinished look.

Loki has his plan for the rest of the day: