My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Freshet

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my Newlyn Jacket. I’m looking forward to being able to wear it in a few months when the weather gets cooler.

On to the next project.

Pink!

This is Freshet, a design by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13. I am knitting mine from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway. It’s a lovely design and very easy to memorize. A fun knit!

Napping is my life.

Newlyn Jacket

I finished knitting and putting together my Newlyn Jacket yesterday. Here it is, before shrinking.

Rather floppy . . .

I worked short rows for the shoulders and did a three-needle bind-off on the shoulder seams. I also picked up stitches along each armhole and attached the sleeves via three-needle bind-off. I wanted to ensure that I had nice neat, strong seams, and the three-needle bind-offs ensured this.

Neat and Tidy!

I got some gorgeous buttons:

These buttons are from Twig and Horn. They are these brass wood-grain buttons. So pretty! They were rather expensive but after all the work I put into this jacket, I figured it deserved nice buttons.

I knit a quick little swatch from the denim yarn and three that in the washer and dryer along with the jacket. Then I unraveled it and used the yarn to sew the buttons on.

And, the Newlyn Jacket is done!

Voila!

And the back:

Alors, voila!

And Loki was a big help.

So very helpful!

Collar

I have finished the body of my Newlyn Jacket, so I joined the shoulders and picked up stitches and worked the collar.

That is a whole heckuva lot of seed stitch! You pick up stitches around the neck edge and then work a series of short rows, then 4″ of fold-over seed stitch collar. I’m glad to have that done, so that once the sleeves are done, I just need to seam everything and wash!

Here’s the first sleeve that I just started:

And here is the Little Prince, doing what he does best!

Denim Fun

I’m working along on my Newlyn Jacket. I finished the back on Friday.

It is extra long because once completed and washed it will shrink 10% or so.

I am currently knitting along on the left front:

I did the pocket finishing because I didn’t like leaving the stitches on a holder and letting the hole gape open while I knit. After working across the entire back, it is a relief to be knitting a side front, where to rows go much quicker!

The yarn, Rowan Original Denim is, as you may well know, rope-dyed indigo so that the sweater will fade like a pair of jeans every time it is washed. It also means that some dye comes off during knitting, but it is not too bad since it is a lighter colorway to begin with.

And as usual, my little supervisor is on the job!

Don’t get any indigo dye on my fur, please!

thank u, next

Thank you for the very nice comments on my completed Kenmare pullover!

A commenter asked about yarns to sub for the now discontinued Rowan SoftKnit Cotton. You could sub Rowan Handknit Cotton, or any worsted weight smooth cotton yarn.

Onward . . .

I’ve started something I’ve been thinking about for a while: a cardigan knit with denim yarn.

This is Newlyn Jacket by Jane Gottelier from the book Indigo Knits. I am knitting mine from Rowan Original Denim which is now, you guessed it, discontinued. The Elann Den-M-Nit Pure Indigo Cotton that the pattern actually calls for is still available for purchase via Amazon.com (though some colors are temporarily out of stock).

The yarn is like knitting with string, but once it is washed and shrunk, it will be lovely. I keep reminding myself of that. 😉

Meanwhile, Loki is working on taking selfies.