Long time no see. I have no good excuse, except maybe the spring laziness. I really don’t know what was I doing all that time.
Currently I’m working on a cardigan that I named Cablemania. Because knitting related all I could think of was cables and more cables, I had to cast on something with cables. Therefore I designed Cablemania. I’m knitting with 100% wool DK in light grey, the yarn that I bought from St George a few months ago. Tina VW is a pleasure to work with and I will certainly buy more of this yarn in the future.
First I imagined a seamless cardi, but after sketching that version, changed my mind and opted for a little work with the tapestry needle instead. Since I liked the top down construction so much when I knitted my Edith vest, I’m using it again. It has so many advantages.
To prevent laying this cardi around unfinished (read sleeveless) for a long time as it already happened / happening with other projects, this time I started with the sleeves. For the very same reason the next thing I knitted was the belt.
The sleeves are knitted with dpns for two reasons; not having to saw it saves time and a few meters of yarn (every knitter knows how important that can be) and it was a great opportunity to buy 4 mm dpns. I like dpns better than working with two cable needles or with the magic loop when knitting in round.
In the past two weeks my stash became just a little bit bigger. First my fiancé gave me this yarn and a bottle of delicious dessert wine for Valentines day:
I was so touched when I imagined him going to the yarn shop and trying to figure out what would I like. He chose one of my favorite colors and a yarn that I was planning to try. Thank you M!
Since a while I would like to learn double knitting and I thought that a colorful headband would be a good start. I knew that St George has color changing yarns (Catania) and solid colors (Tango) in the same weight, so I went to their store. I imagined how nice would a beige / sand colored solid look next to color changing (possibly bluish) yarn. But in the shop I saw this little skein with every possible color in it. I thought that even if it’s wilder than the one I originally wanted, it still can be “cooled down” with the beige solid. Just to be sure, I asked the lady that works at the shop what she thinks of mixing Catania with Tango. “I don’t know, let’s see how it looks next to each other” and before I could ask for a beige she took the one that was the closest to her. It was pink, a color that would never occur to me to pick for this project. I was amazed how good those skeins looked next to each other.
So I decided to risk it. It might turn out great or it might be a disaster. Either way I have nothing to lose, if I don’t like something knitted up I can always frog it.