Just ignore my bleary-morning-just-got-up-an-hour-ago expression in this photo and move on to the SWEATER! :D
(Colour Your Own Fair Isle Pullover, yarn and pattern by Philosopher’s Wool: special raspberry (base), light blue heather, periwinkle, jade, navy, dark maroon, light purple heather, dark purple heather)
I’m wearing this today in honour of the first daytime temperatures at freezing. I think December has arrived ;)
I’ve been a bit MIA this past week, but have still been managing to get a bit of knitting done. The first Kool-Aid sock of pair #2 is finished, and the second is on the way…
(Basic socks – Kool Aid is awesome)
I love Kool Aid. This weekend my friend K and I dyed some sock yarn with the Knit Picks jacquard dyes. I did some solids with the tweedy Bare superwash:
The colours are brilliant, but MAN is there ever still a vinegary smell hanging around the yarn…I might have to give it another rinse and shampoo before being able to knit it up. Hmm. AT least Kool Aid gives you a nice fruity smell!
And with that, back to Monday I go. May your knitting not be far away!
Be still my heart…It worked!
I think I started this pattern back in about April. It’s been modified here and there several times, and I still have a lovely team of beta-knitters working on it as well. If all goes well, I’ll release the pattern here for public consumption by the end of September. (I was thinking about offering it for free, but several people are telling me I should charge. I’m starting to agree. I’m also starting to realize I have no idea how to actually do that. Hm.)
Sizing will include Women’s XS to 5XL, in zip cardi and pullover options. Next up: Men’s version!
For those who are interested:
Pattern: My own, based on the Quidditch uniform sweaters worn in the Harry Potter films. Modified to be a zippered-cardigan (pullovers are worn in the films) that includes optional pockets just below the waist. Sleeves cover the wrists.
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool, in Ink and Light Grey Heather, with some Patons Classic Merino Light Grey Mix thrown in to subsitute for the back stripe.
Needles: 4mm straights, eventually switched to 4mm circs to work pieces flat. Easier on my hands and elbows that way.
Finishing: Zipper installed by hand, and that was a first for me. I’ve never done zippers before, but Im happy with the result! Vogue Knitting Quick Reference was most helpful. Also, I learned that sewing seams on a dark-navy-blue piece is a lot harder without good lighting! Heh.
I now have a heap of burgundy and gold yarn to knit one of these for my sister, who requested this thing in the first place. Hers won’t have the hem stripe on it, and may or may not have the pockets. Guess what’ll have to go on the WIP list next? ;)
First up (at right) is the Twist Cardi (pattern by ChicKnits) that I finished this past February. I had about a ton of Light Grey Heather Peruvian Highland Wool (leftover from an over-purchase of contrast colour from a series of knitted Ravenclaw scarves), and decided to give this pattern a go as it was also my first try at cables.
This pattern, I am thrilled to say, knitted up with few problems and I finished the thing in a little over a month. It’s a comfortable and stylish addition to my wardrobe. One of the lovliest compliments was when I walked into campus with it and people couldn’t believe I had hand-knit it, so that must be a sure sign that this pattern has some modern flair.
Next up (at left) is the fair isle sweater I knitted and finished up in March. The pattern and yarn are both from Philosopher’s Wool, a lovely place in Ontario just near the Bruce Peninsula.
The pattern is ‘Tradition’, and the colours are Jade, Raspberry, Light Purple Heather, and Navy. While the wool isn’t quite as soft as, say the Peruvian Highland from Elann, I have found it quite wear-able and incredibly warm. I have 2-3 balls leftover and am now contemplating either matching socks or a felted object, not sure which.
The Philosopher’s Wool sweaters are all meant to be worked in the round and then cut with steeks later for the cardigan band and the armholes. While this is a little intimidating, it worked like a charm in the end! Also, the 2-handed fair isle technique was almost addictive. I’m sure I’ll want to try another sweater of theirs in the future.