Sunday, June 20, 2010

Frill Sleeved Progress

I have been knitting up a storm on that Frill Sleeved Top. The front and back are complete, thanks to a lot of furious, repetitive knitting. Now I can at last do the fun bits, and the reason why I wanted to make this project: the frill sleeves. Watch this space for more news!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sudden Thoughts

1. Central Park Hoodie is done. Central Park Hoodie is what I was using to procrastinate and keep from finishing Joe's Edan sweater. Shit. Plus, Joe returns from college in a matter of days.
2. I bet I knit the front of Rosa in a size 36". I'm going to have to rip the entire thing.
3. Ooh, I think I have a good idea. Back in 2007, when I was buying Rowan Soft Lux, just as it was being discontinued, I acquired some in blue that I haven't used yet. I had in mind to make a hoodie. Something like the Central Park Hoodie. I could make a blue one, in size 38". I could. Why not.

Breaking news: Central Park Hoodie

I have sewed all the seams of the Central Park Hoodie, and attached wooden toggles.

I still need to weave in all the ends, but otherwise it is a finished garment. Here it is glimpsed at dusk. We'll do a final photoshoot in daylight soon.

It is a perfect size 36". It is a great pity *I* am no longer a perfect size 36", but nonetheless, it fits well enough, and I am actually thrilled with how it's turned out. I can't wait to show it off to you properly.

update to the update: It's done. I sewed in 60 ends. It is officially a finished object.

Frill Sleeved Top

So, I needed something to knit on in Texas. Wool was right out, you don't want to be working with wool when the temperatures are in the mid 90s, with humidity to match. I don't, anyway. Also, where I'm from, you can't have your knitting in your hand baggage on the plane, so that meant not taking any project that I couldn't bear to lose to the airline baggage systems.

A new, low-engagement project was in order, and quickly. Knitting magazine (issue 77, June 2010) showed this little sweater by Pat Menchini on its front cover:

Reasons why this is a low-engagement project.
- It is a weird colour.
- It is VERY frilly and dainty. I honestly don't know if I'll wear it.

However, I *want* to make it. The main body is an interesting textured pattern, where you alternate two rows of moss stitch with two rows of stocking stitch. The sleeves look like great fun to knit: I love their shapes and the way they hang. I very much want to make a nice example of this garment, this project will be entirely about the process. So I ordered the exact yarn specified (King Cole Bamboo Cotton: 50% bamboo/50% cotton, in Lime Green, knit 22sts/10cm) and set to work. I am making it to fit size 38", as this is the magnificent girth I have recently achieved.

The bamboo/cotton yarn is soft and cool to knit with, just as I'd hoped, and the textured pattern helps the rows fly by. Here's where we are up to:

I'm knitting on this quite assiduously, hoping it will be a quick one because of the short sleeves. It is terrific fun.