I think it really has been more than a month since I last posted. Crazy! During that time I've knit a whole sweater:
This is A Very Plucky Cardigan by Kate Hiester and it's a fabulous knit! Top down and one piece makes for a quick knit, then add in that it's also knit in worsted weight yarn and you get an entire cardigan in one month of weekend knitting. The yarn is Vanna's Choice in a "grey marble". It didn't feel all that great to knit with, a touch scratchy, but it's washed up nice and it feels durable all complete. The fasteners in the bottom right of the photo are silver hook and eye closures from Lyonwood on Etsy. I just got around to ordering those the other day so they are still on their way to me. I think this is going to be a favorite to wear in the winter! I'll make sure I get a picture of me wearing it soon, once the temperature cooperates a litlte more.
Also, I bought one of these not long ago:
It is a single skein of Wollmeise in fingering, 100% merino superwash in colour Jeton. I actually don't like it as much as I was hoping, considering I could have 2 other skeins of REALLY nice yarn for the same price, or 4 other skeins of pretty-nice yarn, ya know? I wanted to knit a shawl with it, but it's only just this second occured to me that it probably isn't a good idea to do that in superwash.... will I be able to block it properly?
Ahhhh! I'm already 3 charts in to The Dane Shawl! Am I going to have to pull it out?!
Oh, Superwash blocks very nicely! No worries! It's only if it has nylon in it that it has a tendency to shrink together again after blocking, and I've actually heard that Wollmeise Twin, which is the sock yarn with nylon in it, doesn't do that either.ReplyDelete
The Wollmeise yarn feels a bit stiff to work with, but it washes up really nicely, and I've never seen another yarn that makes for such beautiful cable work. Even though I'm not completely crazy about the yarn I do adore the colours! I think that's where the yarn really wins.
And I can't wait to see the cardigan on you! We've been away for all this weekend, but I think I'll be home next weekend so maybe we can finally get to chat!
Superwash wool should block just fine- perhaps it will stretch a little more than regular wool... but that's the only difference that I can tell!ReplyDelete
I think it's mostly either acrylic or cotton which don't block well. I think it will be a beautiful shawl!
Really pretty cardi!ReplyDelete
~Have a lovely day!
Great jumper! Can we see a modelled shot?ReplyDelete
The Wollmeise is actually a lovely yarn for shawls because it drapes really well. However I'm knitting a pair of socks with it now and I'm worried they won't have give in them because the yarn feels so cottony. I guess we'll see!
great job on that sweater, it's good to see you're still keepin the ol' blog alive :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful sweater!!!! I can't wait to see what you do with your hank o' yarn.ReplyDelete
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