Sunday, April 28, 2013

Antique Yarn

Many moons ago my aunt let my sister and i go stash diving in HER stash and take home yarn from Italy. I saw some red angora that just SCREAMED at me to take. So I did.  And it sat in MY stash for years waiting for just the right project.,  Then Kate Middleton got married and wore a little angora number at her reception. I am not a 'royal watcher' but the sweater looked perfect!


cardi outside

Pattern: Royal Shrug
Yarn: Angor'Anny, 6 balls of it. A fair bit leftover from those 6.
Needles: size 9
Modifications: Many. I knit the sweater 2 inches longer and blocked severely for length. I have a 38.5" chest which falls right in between 2 sizes, So I knit the smaller size and added 4 stitches to each front piece.
I knit the sleeves 3 quarter length and did no decreases. I did the front and back separate,seamed together and then knit the sleeves on instead of seaming them on. (I picked up the total number of stitches around the whole armhole and then did short rows corresponding to the pattern backwards from the shoulder down.) I DID do the crochet edging as the edges really needed that finishing touch.

Overall I am VERY pleased.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I recently went shopping and found a black jumpsuit. (you know, shirt attached to pants) that made me feel very Audrey Hepburn-esque when I tried it on. So of course I bought it!  The belt is a bit sad. A black elastic affair with 2 small pseudo-leather strips that have gold studs (to match the god buttons). So I decided I should knit myself a colourful belt to wear.

In keeping with my efforts to knit down stash, I went stash diving and found some banana silk yarn I acquired ages ago.


Now to find a pattern.....

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Nessie Knit

I recently participated in a scarf themed swap. Here was my contribution:


Pattern: Nessie-English
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit sock yarn
Modifications: The lace inset is written as a doubling of stitches (k1 yo) but I did not have enough yarn when I did that, despite the pattern's statement that 400yds should be enough. I was seriously short even thought the skein was 459 yards. So I did yo k2tog. I also did a picot bindoff.

This yarn is a lovely soft wool. A pleasure to knit with. It had been sitting in my stash for way too long, so I am glad it has gone to a good home!