Chronicles of Knitterly Misadventures


Good things and bad things
December 13, 2008, 8:52 am
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I miss my babies:

I’m now on the East Coast visiting family over the holidays after a harrowing experience with “severe turbulence” (lesson learned: when the pilot gets on the loudspeaker forty minutes before descent and warns you about “moderate to severe turbulence” . . . he isn’t kidding) and being diverted to Baltimore in the middle of the night, when the airport was completely shut down save for two policemen and a maintenance worker on premises. Literally. They had to wake up a supervisor and ground crew from DC, 45 minutes away, to come rescue us. But you know what? I don’t even care about all that. I’m just glad to be alive.

Next up is a Lucky Star bus ride to Boston to visit my cousins and some college friends, and of course, to catch up on some knitting. Why do I always think of Boston as such a fibery city? I don’t know. Maybe it’s New England as a whole? I can’t wait to visit my second, no wait third, home.

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Texture
December 8, 2008, 3:58 pm
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If there’s anything I’m more obsessed with than color choices, it’s texture.

Shown here is a progress shot of the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I loved Parikha’s version in Felted Tweed, outrageous color and all, but didn’t think I could pull off that particular shade of gryellow. Days later I realized I had a stash of the Felted Tweed hidden away, intended for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, but in the perfect yardage for the Minimalist Cardi. The rest, as they say, is history.

This project has only reaffirmed my love for Rowan’s Felted Tweed. It’s certainly not the softest yarn in the world, and many have commented that they don’t care for the colorways, but the little flecks of color scattered throughout the skein really make any pattern pop, even simple stockinette, and especially double moss stitch, as used in the Cardi. I’ve already knit two Salinas from the yarn, and both sweaters have stood up to the test of time admirably, so I have no worries about this cardigan holding up. Unfortunately, as Felted Tweed is a lighter weight yarn and not very dense, the ultimate garment will be something more appropriate for cool Fall, Spring, or early Summer evenings rather than the harsh cold of New England winters. For that, I’d be better off with the Beaverslide Worsted I used in the Albatross hoodie (So not looking forward to Boston. I need to finish the Central Park Hoodie, stat).

So far the pattern itself seems pretty straightforward- very, if you will, minimalist in nature. The body is knit straight in double moss stitch in pieces which are then seamed together. The only modification I made was knitting the body in one piece, as I absolutely abhor seaming, especially with Felted Tweed (it’s nubbly, and splits). I just hope that doesn’t leave me with a cardigan that resembles a burlap sac.