Artichaut

It’s been a while since the last time I made for my daughter something bigger than a crochet hat and I forgot how nice and rewarding tiny knits can be.

Tomorrow Agnieszka will be christened and I needed something whitish (not white as this yarn is not available in such a colorway) to go with her flowery dress.

Initially I was planning to improvise a shrug myself, but after a couple of days when I couldn’t decide on the construction, I gave up and settled down with “Artichaut”.

I’d love to say that I’m super happy with this little sweet thing but I’m not. I mean it IS a sweet little thing, but actually it was pretty difficult to achieve what you can see in the pics.

I love all the unique details of Aga’s “Artichaut”, like slipped stitches along the neckline, a very interesting construction, single seed stitches all over but unfortunately the instructions gave me a hard time. There were moments when I really had no idea what I should do next. Also I have to second everything Monika wrote about this pattern.

However, it doesn’t mean I will not make it again. I sure will! :-)

Finally, I should say something about the yarn. I made the shrug in Malabrigo Silky Merino and oh my! What a treat! It’s sooooo soft and wonderful to touch. I definitely should make something for myself in it. :-)

So tomorrow is a big day for my Little One. Hope everything goes well…

Have a great weekend too!

Justyna

Spectrum

I guess I’ve always underestimated the beauty of variegated yarn. Maybe it’s because varietagion is something you have to handle with great care. Not only do you have to watch out for dreadful pooling, but also choose your pattern wisely. Variegation doesn’t seem to like lace or cables, but it does love texture and simple stitches. And then I see colorways like this one…

…I can forget about all the difficulties.

I just can’t stop staring at it.

I have only 2 skeins of this beauty so it will be a really hard decision what to make with it…

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Have a great day!

Justyna

Simple Pullover

I think I love what I’m seeing.

Thanks to inspiration from wonderful Ravelers and Pinterest I decided on a very simple pullover. I can’t wait for it to be done, more so I seem to be lacking such a piece in my closet. Yup, this is the first time I’m actually making something that says “intended to be worn with positive ease”. And I just love how this yarn is knitting up. The colors shine wonderfully on the double seed stitch patterning and the lavender hints stopped shouting “Look at us! We’re here!”.

Just perfect! I wouldn’t want to see this yarn wasted. I just can’t find a good name for this pull.