the strawberry plants beginning to forge their way through their winter blanket of mulch.
the fortitude is admirable.
deb has added her new cashmere yarn to the fearless fibers etsy shop—a range of fresh colors in laceweight and sport/DK. the first group carries names of women that begin with the letter ‘A’—the blend of dark blues and grays that captured my heart is named anne (squee!). we’ll do a neckwarmer with this later in the summer (if i can keep my hands off of it long enough).
they arrived today so i haven’t had a chance to test drive them, but they appear to be very nice. the steel ones are quite lightweight (love that) and the bamboo ones seem smooth and sturdy, with a close, tight grain, unlike some other bamboo needles i’ve tried. i chose size 4 (3.5 mm) because that’s a size i use often for mitts and knit-on edgings.
i promised sweater progress and that’s what i have to share today.
on saturday night i knit up the left front of the blue version of the red cardi (this is why we need an actual name), then cast on for the back section.
i think i’m going to wear this sweater a lot—the fit is a bit better than the red one and it will go with tons of things in my drawers and closet.
i decided on a name for it, too—are you ready?
it was kinda tough; i wanted something that referred to the corrugated texture of the fabric and also relayed that pretty, womanly feeling you get from a piece that makes you feel “dressed”, no matter what you pair it with.
so i decided on ondulé, which is the french word for undulated—womanly, right?
last night i worked on the back section some more
i’m almost to the waist. soon, i’ll be halfway done; i can’t get over how fast this is knitting up. but i’m glad—i have lots to get done in the next few months.
because today is monday, i worked on my gray sweater in class this morning and got the neck completed and lots of ends woven in. this sweater is shaping up nicely, too—now that some edges are finished, it’s looking a little spiffier. during the afternoon class i started one of the sleeves but didn’t get far—we talk too much in that class (but we have a lot of fun). and we had cake. i think this evening i’ll relax and get a few inches knit on that.
i think i mentioned the other day that, much as i like this gray version of the sweater (which also needs a name), i’m going to have to reknit it if for publication in a yarn that is currently available. chris sent me this gorgeous batch of her legend sport/DK. i haven’t knit with legend yet, but i have the feeling i’m about to fall hard for it. this rich gold colorway is incredible; i have an old much-loved gansey in a similar color but nothing remotely new so i’m psyched.
ok, now i’m going to tell you about another project where i’m sorta making a mess in order to get to a better end. i made this lace-ribbed sweater about four years ago in a plain blue and to dress it up i added a narrow edge of fur trim.
feel free to drop to the floor an roll about laughing—i’ll wait . . . . .
i agree it was an unfortunate choice. it made the sweater so dressy that i never wore it and then it went out of style very, very quickly. but i can really use a sweater of this weight. and i think this color will look good with brown and gray trousers and tweeds and a few other things in my closet (including some jewelry i don’t get to wear much).
it cannot be pulled out in the normal way—the yarn simply can’t be ripped. but i can snip the base of the fur stitch-by-stitch and release it
it sounds tedious but the work actually goes very quickly—in a few hours time i’ll be able to save and use a sweater that was languishing in my drawer. less time than knitting a new one, eh?
and with that, i think i’ll wander off to see about the knitting. adios.