As anyone knows, I am far from a knitting monogamist – I always have a number of projects on needles at any point in time because I need to feel like they are all at least in the process of being finished. Christmas always looms over my head, urging me on to get the Christmas list onto needles and this week two more projects were started.
The first new project is the Berroco Polkadot jacket that I am making for my niece Kathryn Rose. It is a free pattern that can be found at http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/polkadot/polkadot.html . I am making it using the recommended Boho Colors ribbon yarn. I am making it in blue because that is the only color I could find in a large enough quantity by the time I decided to make it. Berroco discontinued this yarn but through a combination of a closeout sale at a yarn shop in Lenox Mass. and my friend Lynn through Ravelry, I was able to get enough skeins to make it.
I had never knit with ribbon yarn before. I personally am not thrilled with it but I know that Kathryn will be and that is what matters. I am hoping that the satiny ribbons will make up for the fact that it is blue and not pink. She likes pink.
The jacket is just one big circle with sleeves inserted so the beginning is slow-going. There are 429 stitches cast on right now so completing one row takes a long time. However it is all straight knit or purl so it is a TV watching knit to be sure.
The second project to get onto needles this week is Elaine’s Imagine pullover which can be found at http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring09/PATTimagine.php . “Auntie Elaine” is a hippie at heart and loves anything with a peace sign. While I did not find a yarn which would color pool properly to knit a tye-dye, the color combinations in my Araucania Aysen #826 are doing it justice.
The pattern is seamed – meaning that you make the various sections and then sew them together. Seaming works well when you may need to make some size adjustments in the pattern after it is complete – you can seam in a little tighter to make up for a final project that came out bigger than expected. But Elaine is not here and I won’t see her to size it before Christmas so I took the advice of some other knitters who made this project and am knitting it in the round. This means that there are no side seams – that the pullover is being knit as a tube from the bottom up. She wanted a baggy sweater so I am also making it a size bigger than she wears and adding four inches to the length. To make the peace sign stand out I am going to knit it in a calm solid white. A peaceful place in the cacophony of color that surrounds it. It is mainly stockinette stitch so another TV watching project.
What saves the above two projects from being boring to knit is that the yarns give the project knitting interest – especially the Araucania which I just adore (even though I think the yarn could felt just from looking at it). Not so with my Prudence vest – which is just a plug through it until it is done project at this point.
The color is darker than this – the flash just bleached it out. It is more of a burgundy color. But this is a straight stockinette in a solid color so it is hard to keep interested in it over time. The front has multiple cables, though, which is why I keep going.
What allowed me to even put the other projects on needles was the completion of the back of Chip’s Aran Sweater from the Sirdar Arans for Living booklet. (Design A).
This week is going to be a busy one. Vash turns 7!!!!! Oh my!!! That means school party and home party and birthday presents. Then I go to see my sister – which is a yarn party – and then Mom comes for a few days and before you know it, it will be next Monday and I fear I will not be so productive in the knitting department by then.
Now I am off to get my car working before I have to drive to my sister’s. Busy day. Busy life. See ya!