Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: for me, habitat, hat, Jared Flood, Jo Sharp Aran Tweed, purple, tweed, worsted weight
And I’ll be either working or in school for 55 of them, but I do have knitting to show you.
Yes, that is a Habitat. I am unashamed. It was a glorious knit, although I doubted it at first; it has been a long time since I knit cables on DPN’s and I had blocked out the two attempts I’d made at Hermione’s Cable & Bobble hat (that pattern still arouses feelings of animosity within me, sad to say).
At the beginning, I also exalted the Jo Sharp Aran Tweed I used, thinking that I had finally found my bread and butter yarn. (You know what I’m talking about. For some knitters it’s Rowan’s Calmer, for others it’s Koigu, Lorna’s Laces, or Malabrigo) After seeing the effects of wet blocking, however, I’m a little worried about how well it will hold up, as it is already quite fuzzy. It was wonderful to knit with, however; it boasts a texture similar to that of Beaverslide Dry Good’s Worsted Weight except superior in that it is much softer, the plies don’t split nearly as often, and you won’t stumble across knots in your skein as you knit.
The pattern itself, as I think I’ve mentioned earlier, is a good one; it’s intuitive, as far as cable (and lace) patterns go, and results in a landscape of texture which I suppose Jared became famous for. I think it’d be a great classic accessory during colder days. At this moment, though? I just can’t wait to try it on.
Filed under: Blogging, Cardigan, fo, Mrs. Darcy | Tags: Cardigan, first post, heavy worsted weight, Mrs. Darcy, purple, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed, tweed
How that distinguishes this from any other post is beyond me. This winter I’ve been juggling the High Neck Cable sweater from Blue Sky Alpacas and the Mrs. Darcy cardigan by Mary Victoria. I made the personal vow to finish anything I started, so I picked up Mrs. D again last night and finished attaching and weaving in the ends of the first sleeve. I swear I remember finishing the second, but I can’t find it anywhere, so now I’m trudging through the first 36 rows of twisted rib. Again.
Here it is one armed, and begging me for a third blocking:
I’m using Rowan’s Yorkshire Aran Tweed in a deep purply plum color. It knits up into a beautiful fabric, but it drives me crazy how extreme the thick-thinness of the yarn is, and it doesn’t feel particularly sturdy. The buttons are also from Rowan- I don’t know the exact serial # anymore, but they’re gold filigree from Jimmy Beans Wool. They look nice, but they’re too small for the buttonholes, so I may need to get a second set when I acquire the shell buttons I need for the two Salinas that have been sitting in my closet.
- A finished Mrs. D.
- Progress shots of High Neck Cable, v. Frosty
- Progress shots of Central Park Hoodie, v. Blizzard