Saturday, July 12, 2008
A sensible knit for the season!
Go figure! how unlike me! The yellow cardigan that I started last month as my first official project for my new life as a continental knitter (and it's a good life, btw!) is finished! I felt like it took forever, but I guess a sweater on size 4 needles that took a month to complete isn't tooo bad. It IS kind of cropped and short sleeved, so, as Emily pointed out, it's not a "REAL" sweater (I love you emily! :) and that kind of makes me feel like it shouldn't have taken a full month, but I probably wasn't totally monogamous that whole month (I can't remember what else I was working on - that's weird. ooh, I guess it was the mitt #2 that I'm probably blocking from my mind. ok, makes sense now.) So anyway - the cardigan! I really like it! I've never worked with linen before (well, it's a 50/50 cotton/linen blend actually - Maggi Linen) and I was kind of surprised at the way it felt after blocking - it was sort of crunchy - like I could pull it up off the towel and it was stiff, like it'd be if you didn't rinse the soap out of something (but I used Eucalan, so I know that wasn't the issue.) After I put it on though it didn't feel that way. Plus, the stiffness seems to be really holding that front edge nice and flat - the edge that was curling like crazy pre-block. I used 3 vintage buttons and crocheted loops for them. I'm not super crazy about the loops showing and being as long as they are (kind of Juliet-ish) but I'm not sure what else to do - if I make the loops shorter then they won't fit around the buttons. If I lose some weight maybe I'll machine stitch in button holes (because right now, it's not going to comfortably overlap enough for that, no way, no how!) For now, I'll pretend it's a design element, although it feels a little off center - maybe that's why the Zephyr Girls have the buttons staggered on Juliet (one button on one side, the next on the other side, etc.) so it didn't visually make a line that's not at the center of your body. Anyhoo - all that said, I'm really loving it!! I made it and I can actually wear it NOW - perfect summer cardigan! and yellow may be my new favorite color!