My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Archives for November 2012

Got Back

Popping in to report that the back of my Aran Jacket is almost done — I’m ready to do neck decreases here:

Lucy thinks that this piece makes a spectacular blanket!

More Cormo

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the Rainbow Coat. I will not be writing up the pattern because it is too difficult to resize: each pattern repeat is very large and to get an even number of repeats on the front and back (which is what I wanted) there would be a 16″ difference in sizes.

In answer to a question in the comments, I did not felt it. Before I started this project when it was still in the planning stages it briefly crossed my mind to do a felted stranded colorwork coat, but I did not. I blocked it by steaming the heck out of it, though. 🙂

There were some questions about the pattern I used for the edging. I just sort of winkled that together and attempted to make it go with the main pattern.

For all of the edgings I knit a facing, did one purl row as a “turning” row to make it easy to fold the facing to the inside, then knit the band, sewing the facing down on the inside after I completed the piece.

I sewed snaps on the from band because I thought buttonholes would detract from the edging pattern. Just plain snaps you use for clothing.


I am working on another “big” project: an Aran jacket.

I started this in Cascade Eco+ back in September, but wasn’t happy with it. I was using a U.S. size 8 needle and the fabric I was getting was too stiff. So I set it aside, planning to rip it out, re-figure the design, and start over with a larger needle.

Then Elsa Wool Cormo came into my life.

I have restarted the same jacket using Elsa Wool Cormo woolen-spun worsted weight in the medium grey colorway. This yarn is slightly finer than the Cascade Eco+ so I am getting a nice fabric with a U.S. size 8 (5mm) needle, the gauge being 4 st/inch in stockinette stitch.

This is another knit that I am making up as I go along. I even made up the big cable I am using. That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist somewhere already, but I created my chart from “scratch.” I do love a complex cable with plenty of twists and turns!

The Cormo is a dream to knit with and is great for cables and texture.

Since the time change it is dark when I get home from work. Lucy has taken to crawling up on the back of the sofa, basking in the glow of a the lamp I’ve turned on.

She’s Like a Rainbow

A couple of extra days off makes for a lot of knitting time. So much so, I was able to finish my coat.

I got both sleeves done last week and attached the to the body with a three-needle bind-off. I sewed large snaps on the front bands rather that use buttons.

This was such a fun knit. I was getting a little sick of the pattern by the end of the second sleeve, but all in all, it kept me happy!

Dishcloth Diva Give-Away

Congratulations to Pam Gardner who has won a digital copy of Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham. Pam has been emailed.

Lucy Sez

Well, Lucy is too busy napping to comment!