Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Oddly enough, I had cast on the original version in the correct needle size, or so I thought, because I swear I used size 2 16-inch circs. Except I could not find them when I went back to my needle bag for a second go. I thought maybe I'd managed the next size up, but when I tried with this yarn, I couldn't join the circle. Very strange.
This is Classic Elite MountainTop Vista, in the Wolf colorway. (The entire line is natural, undyed wool.) When I found this at the story (at a really great sale, so I have two other colorways as well), it looked the same size as the Cascade 220 Sport I almost bought, so I assume it was sport weight as well, but it's categorized as worsted on Ravelry. (I had no reception in Center Harbor, so I couldn't check there. Believe me, I tried.) So hopefully that doesn't end up being a bad thing.
Still a work in progress with getting a ribbon sleeve that I like. I at least hemmed this one a little better, but a way to completely hem it only occurred to be after I had it totally sewn. So the next one will hopefully be perfect.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Pattern: Tinker by Wooly Wormhead
Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance in the Cardinal colorway
Needles: Size 7 circs
This pattern is great! Super easy. You're just knitting a tube and grafting the ends together. (It looks way better formed into hat shape.) This may become my go to worsted baby hat pattern.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I do really like the pattern though, and I was able to stop at Patternworks yesterday, where I picked up some more yarn in sufficient amounts to make the hat. I'll just have to figure out something slightly smaller to do to use up the Falk.
This is the first year I bought seedlings from the farmer's market. Guess I'm going to have to do that again.
Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Yarn: Quince and Co Lark in the Bark colorway, Cascade 220 Heathers 9489 (red) and Quince and Co Osprey in the Peacock colorway
Needles: Size 7 DPNs and Circs and Size 8 DPNs and Circs
Here's the Coffee Bean Cardi - all done. I'm pretty happy with it. I was trying to use up some yarns I thought would go well together, and though the blue only barely made it into the second sleeve, I'm still happy with it.
The pattern is super easy (for the very first time, I made this entirely from a PDF via my Ipad. Didn't think I could make it without being able to add notes, but I did it!)
Lucy can’t see any ways out of her predicaments until the day that a young man arrives at her house, apparently suffering from a curse, with a message for her. This man proves to be none other than Lord Byron, and his message draws Lucy in a deeper world, where magic is real, and revolution will chart a path for England either into slavery in the Industrial age, a return to old days with no machines, or a third path between them.
Oddly enough, the more I read this novel, the more I thought it was a Jane Austen homage. And, when I got to the end, the book club questions there confirmed that. I thought being able to parse that out from a story that was also a very interesting commentary on the place of women in Regency England, as well as the potential very dark side of the Industrial Revolution was a good catch. Either that, or I’ve definitely read too much Jane Austen.