OMG DEARLI IS DONE. Now that it’s November, I’ve finally finished my summer sweater, aw yeah!
It took over a week to block that ruffle. Now I never want to wash the thing for fear of having to block it again (I am pretty sure I could get it down to about 5 days now that I understand it’s imperative to block a section upon waking and before bed, not just once per day). But I’m sure it will happen because, as I suspected, I LOVE THIS CARDIGAN.
I went for a modern/urban and yet Mori-girl inspired look today. I’d really love to super-Mori-style this with a big fluffy hat, a pair of loose leggings over the tights, and maybe a long scarf…but these were the pieces I actually own. Seriously thinking about knitting a hat, though. Like, now.
All my hard work shaping and re-shaping the body paid off. The shoulders aren’t quite perfect (although some of that awkward pooch is from blocking and should fade after a couple wearings), but can I just say how much I dig the turned cuffs? I love how smooth and simple they are, providing a super-subtle contrast to the excitement of the ruffle. They’re also really comfy!
And check out the cute purse I got for $2! It’s pretty small (I usually go for big sack purses), but so cute, and just right for this outfit. Only problem is, I can barely stuff my next knitting project inside it and still have room for wallet & phone! What’s the next project? Oh, you know, just yet another sweater…!
When it grows up, it’s going to be a sweater I heard about from the gals over at the Just One More Row Podcast: Wanda Nell, a cardigan with such small yardage it can be knit from about 300g of fingering weight yarn – perfect for 2-3 skeins of indie-dyed sock yarn you might have impulse bought without thinking what you would use them for! I actually bought this yarn specifically for the cardi when I was at Knit City; it’s Sweet Georgia Tough Love, and I am totally loving the subtle tonal variation, as well as the incredibly funky mix of grey and pink. Hey, maybe I can do this colour pairing thing after all! Since it’s a top-down seamless raglan, it feels like it’s clipping along quite nicely right now, though it will slow down by the time I get to the main body.
I’ve also been getting to know Tamar (my wheel), spinning away at the alpaca I picked up at Fibrations. Here’s about 2.5 oz of mixed natural-coloured alpaca, spun up “que sera sera” style to approximately fingering weight 2-ply. It really turned out quite even considering how little I was trying to spin it accurately – I am starting to get the hang of this wheel thing! I have one more “practice” bump of fibre to spin, and then I think I will be ready to spin something I really care about (I totally agree that life is to short to spin crummy fibre just because you’re learning, but I also believe there’s value in learning on middle-of-the-road stuff and saving your totally dreamy indie-dyer batts from heaven until you have a modicum of skill)!
It’s soft and floofy as alpaca ought to be, but it does have a little vegetable matter still stuck in, despite my best efforts to remove it. I am thinking it will either be a hat (see above post re: Mori girl style) or perhaps a möbius cowl. I only have a little under 300 yards, though, so although I was dreaming of being able to do both, I think I’ll have to choose just one. Time to start pattern diving! Any favourite hat patterns out there, especially for gals with bangs they don’t like to compress?
P.S. I totally found the white balance setting on my camera! I feel like a total doofus that it took me almost 2 years, but holy crow did that make a difference in how accurately I was able to photograph colours! Live and learn, eh? Maybe now I’ll be able to take indoor photos and have them look decent too, who even knows?!?
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