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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!

On the Needles: On the Vine

Friday seems like a very good day to talk a little about what’s on my needles.

Last week I finally finished a sweater that I’d started a long time ago.

Last year I bought 3 skiens of Madelinetosh TOSH Sock to make a cardigan that would use the same stitch patterns as my Avventura Cowl, the vine cable, the leaves and simple rope cables. I got to the armholes and decided to rip everything. Somehow I didn’t like the faux seams on the sides and I started believing that the yarn I used was not the best choice. The cardigan went into hibernation for a year. Firstly, since I was a little bit frustrated with it (you know, frogging and all) I just put it out of my sight. And I started to look for better yarn in a much nicer color. Then suddenly, I found Pashmina in Jade. That was it!

It took me 3 weeks to make 4″ of twisted rib (I don’t like knitting it, but it’s so worth it), but then once I started working all the cables and lacy leaves, the cardigan just flew off the needles and I was able to get it photographed last weekend. I must say I think I’ve found my new #1 yarn. Pashmina is just so gorgeous!

What else is there on my needles?  Knitting monogamy is not my thing so I’m working on a hoodie for Wojtek, some other designs and I’m also in the “what-stitch-pattern-will-you-be mode” trying to decide something about this gorgeous blue hank.

What’s on your needles?

Have a fab weekend!