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On the Needles: Rusty

Despite the changeable aura outside my window my mind is working in spring mode all the way. So I might be wearing my worsted sweaters to keep me cozy, but my needles are occupied with fingering yarn and airy fabrics. I can’t wait to wear sleeveless tops, colorful pants and my summer cardigans so I’m making a new summer cardigan now.

I’ve had this yarn in my stash for almost two years. It’s Colour Adventures Merino Light – a typical single ply merino yarn, very similar to Madelinetosh Merino Light, but the colors are not that much typical. These are not two different colorways, but it’s the same Rust. The only difference is that the bright orange one comes from the very first lot dyed by Elena, while the remaining two were bought about a year later. Amazing how the color emerged from almost variegated rusty orange to a solid brown.

Is it possible to make a sweater if you have skeins from totally different lots? Yes, of course. Firstly, if you want to join the skeins in a nice way you must alternate (I’m working from 3 skeins at the same time), changing the working yarn in every row. It is messy but possible. Secondly, you need to choose a pattern that will have a construction which will incorporate the colors evenly on the whole sweater – for me it’s the contiguous method, or raglan. I picked the first one, so I’ll be making a top-down summer cardigan making sure to minimize finishing to avoid visible differences in lots. So this is what I have today…

I’m pretty happy with what I’m getting. So far the fabric looks really nice. The orange skein blends nicely with the browns creating subtle variegation. Just take a look at this pic! Lovely, isn’t it?

The design itself will be very simple. A while ago I promised to make a couple of minimalist designs and this is the second one. It will be perfect for beginners who want to tackle the contiguous sleeves for the first time and make a light summer cardi. I hope to publish it in June, maybe July so stay tuned.

What else is on the needles? My so-called “sandpit knitting” (a project I take with me when I go to the playground with kids, something easy and small) is a very simple pullover for my son. Absolutely nothing fancy, just red and gray stripes and raglan sleeves. I’m almost at the body/sleeves split.

Oh yes, there’s the bright green knit too, but more about it soon!
Are your needles busy too?

Hope you have a fab week!
xoxo
J.

Welcome 2014

Welcome to 2014! I don’t know about you but I’m truly excited about the New Year. This will definitely be the year of new ideas and challenges for me.

2013 changed a lot in my life. My son started going to kindegarten – a huge step for my little boy paid for with lots of germs in the house (which might lead to tonsillectomy :-/), but he loves his friends, talks about them all the time and what’s more important he just adores his kindergarten teacher. Aga is so much bigger now, very comunicative and funny too.

Last year was also truly creative – it began with the publication of “Peacock Eyes Cardigan”, which is still one of my favorite cardigans ever and finished with a gray hat knit with fabulous Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER.

I love that my knitting has become a bit more advanced and I’m really happy to have explored various techniques of shaping garments. I have enjoyed making sweaters using Contiguous Method and I must say it’s pretty awesome. However I still love good old raglan and plan on making a couple of more raglan garments in the future. I also want to practise top-down designs more (the ones where you start with provisional cast-on on back neck) as they give a lot more possibilities for really creative patterning. Finally, I’d love to design a bottom-up sweater. This will be really something for me as I’m not a fan of such construction at all.

Last year I also found my way here… After a couple of years of blogging about my knitting and my family in Polish I moved here to be able to share my knitting adventure with everyone around the world. This blog has also become a part of something bigger that I dreamed of having for a long time – my very own website. It’s very special to us because we created it ourselves from the very beginning. Once more my talented  Hubby made my dream come true.

Last year also got me hooked to social media. I admit that Twitter is still a bit vague to me and I keep forgetting about tweeting, but I’m just in love with Instagram. I’ve always been a person of a few words and lots of images when it comes to blogging so Instagram is just perfect. I’m really loving it :-)

A pic from Instagram of my 4th One-Skein Adventure

Last but not least 2013 brought so many fantastic people to my live I could only dream of. Knitters, Ravelers, my testers, translators and editor, family, everyone who supported me last year, THANK YOU! You are my biggest inspiration, help, creative force. I wish everyone a Happy New Year with lots of love, cuddling and yarn :-)

xoxo

J.