Wednesday, August 30

And here's to you, Mrs. Marigold (she's no longer a liberated woman)

I know, I know. What manner of madness is this that has me posting two days in a row? It's nothing short of miraculous.

I prefer not to think of this photo as fuzzy, but rather, as helping to create a mood or affect. It's the FO-photo equivalent of a Monet.

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Pattern: Ms. Marigold
Yarn: Well, I "misplaced" the ball band, but it was a 50/50 wool-cotton blend from Anny Blatt. I have a feeling this yarn might not exist anymore? It's very much like the Rowan variety, though. Really spectacular to knit with (my stitches could do no wrong in this yarn). I used 3 of the teal, 1 of the purple (I picked these up for $2 a pop at a monster sale last year. I'm glad I was finally able to use them), and about half a ball of Rowan Calmer (also gotten at said sale) for the ribbing and ruffles since I completely ran out of the Anny Blatt stuff. Which is great because, even though the purples don't quite match, it means I was quite successful in using up stash.
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) Addi turbos
Notes: I pretty much knit this puppy as is. I crocheted two fewer rows on the ruffles, because they were flamboyant enough. I also added 2-2.5 inches to the length. Other than that, nada.

Tuesday, August 29

Hmmm.


Brief updates first: Ms. Marigold has been finished for a little while, but I haven't gotten around to the photo documentation. Jess is awaiting buttons, although I'm lagging on that one because I am not at all pleased with the neckline (too wide) and collar (too short). Also, months and months ago, I surreptitiously knit the Counterpane Carpet bag from Handknit Holidays. Two nights ago I finally seamed it and pinned the lining in place. At this rate, the poor lining won't be sewn in until Thanksgiving. I've started Rusted Root out of some Butterfly mercerized cotton in a lovely eggplant color that has been languishing in my stash for almost as long as the stash has existed. I love the way it is knitting up (I'll admit it--I'm such a sucker for a good cotton yarn. Even though I love merino, it's usually too hot for me to wear).

Meanwhile, I have tens of projects scrambling for a prime spot at the top of my fall to-knit last. I have some cherry red Cascade 220 for Forecast, the chocolate Cotton Glace forAgnes, and quite a bit of old, new, and blue (seriously, I have non-purposefully accumulated mostly lace yarns in the blue family) laceweight for IK's Swallowtail Shawl and Trellis scarf, and the Lotus Blossom Shawl, among other possibilities.

However, the yarn that is currently foremost in my brain is this lovely stuff that I bought last year at Rheinbeck:

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It's from Ellen's Half-Pint Farm, and it's soft and cozy and in a different kind of palette than I normally choose. I also am not usually a fan of variegated sweaters, but something about this yarn makes me eschew that habitual stance. I'm thinking something simple with few frills, easy and relaxed, so that the yarn can be the main design element. The yarn and an asymmetrical shape. I think I've narrowed it down to two patterns. This one from Berroco, possibly with a different stitch pattern at the collar:
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or, the Ram's Horn Jacket from Knitting Nature:
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There are obvious similarities between them, but at this point I'm leaning toward the second--I prefer the knitted hems to the ribbed bands, I like that the asymmetry extends to the collar shape, and in general, I feel like the Knitting Nature design is a bit funkier and more unusual.

What do you think?

*Edited to add: So the hank of yarn I have is pretty huge, but I stupidly lost the band for it and didn't know the yardage. Until I did a little research and found out that I don't think I have enough for the Ram's Hown Jacket (like, I'm several hundred yards short). Especially since I would have to add some serious length to the sleeves and body, since it seems to be kind of a short-girl sweater. This is very sad. Perhaps I will think of something else.

Anyone know of any similar patterns? For a floppy, cozy little asymmetrical cardigan?