Monday, April 17, 2006

BB wears a sweater

And she does it so well...
This is a modification (isn't everything?) of the Color Block Cardigan from Leigh Radford's One Skein book. Made in Classic Elite Montera (50% llama, 50% wool) and headed for the Dulaan Project.The original pattern has asymmetrical fronts. My theory is this - when you give someone you know a cute kids' sweater with asymmetrical styling it's a design choice; when you send a sweater to a stranger and the two fronts are not the same size, they could conceivably have a WTF moment. Along the lines of "Damn, no wonder that woman knits for strangers, she can't make two sweater fronts the same size and her family probably runs screaming." I also went with four buttons instead of two in the interest of warmth. And I have to say this yarn is REALLY warm - and a little fuzzy, and very soft, and I just love it. Lookee what I finally learned to do - applied I-cord edging. Now I want to edge everything I knit with I-cord, just because I can. Which is a really bad idea if you knit socks as much as I do.

On other fronts (and addressing some comments) -

The LYS that is shutting its doors is Handknits in Englewood, NJ. Not everything is on sale - most staple yarns she is taking with her to the next incarnation of her business, whatever that may be, but much of the store is on sale, with discounts running from 20% to 60%. They will close some time in late May, at least in theory. The Montera above was 60% off because there were only one or two skeins in each colorway, so this project made great use of it. The leftover bits will soon be a hat.

Yes, the Harlot was incredibly cool, and it was great fun to meet several of my fellow bloggers. Thanks for visiting and waving! I am in somewhat of a quandary however. Stephanie was asked to demo her production knitting skills and wound up using my needles and the blue Montera (which I hadn't cast on yet). Of course, when she handed me back the needles, there was a small, neat swatch attached. Which several people stopped to pet on their way out of the library. So I got home, wanted to cast on the blue, and went Hmmmm, what do I do with the swatch? Frog it because what the hell am I going to do with an inch of knitting? Save it for posterity? Auction it on eBay and give the proceeds to TSF? I bound it off and here it sits, awaiting my inspiration. I couldn't just rip it out, no matter how small, it seems to be a knitting relic of some kind. I will probably lose it soon anyway...

And about the matching stripes on the Happy Socks - that normally doesn't work out for me, and it doesn't bother me because I am not obsessed with identical twin socks. The only thing I did do to kind of help it along was when the heel flap was finished, I cut out about two feet of solid green. It would have looked odd for a skinny green stripe to just show up out of nowhere on one sock.

Now, what to cast on next? - now that the sweater is finished, I feel like I can start something else. May go stash diving to use up the sugar rush I am currently experiencing due to hitting the leftover jelly beans too hard.....

8 comments:

Annie said...

Such a cute sweater! I like your modifications, and great color choice!

trek said...

LOL - auctioning a swatch on eBay. As for something new to cast on, have you seen Topi on the new Knitty? I am seriously thinking about casting that onto my needles - of course, I should probably make some headway on my Lady Eleanor and Mountain Peaks...

Esther said...

That sweater is so cute I can't stand it!! (So is te bear ;-) - and I especially love the I-Cord and the comment about how you will add icord to everything now because you can!! That was hilarious!

Jen said...

That sweater is adorable (and looks quite warm)! It looks great!

Rain said...

That is so sweet and I love the colours in it. It's very kind of you to give it away and I'm sure whoever gets it will be very grateful and will love it.

Bonnie said...

Really, really nice! I think your decision not to make it asymmetrical was smart.

Dipsy said...

Hi from Austria! I love the sweater you did, the assymetrical front looks so cool! So does the I-cord, no wonder you'd want to add it to everything you're doing from now on :)

Kari said...

Very nice sweater.