Monday, 12 September 2011

Vintage Comforter

It is finished, and it is so pretty....

This is the sort of thing you'd wear over a coat, wrapped cosily around your neck and pinned in place.  I'm very pleased with this result - it is a lovely thing.  Right now it is folded away in acid-free tissue paper, waiting to be sent back to the designer - Alison Crowther-Smith again, of course.

I do wish I knew how to take better pictures - my camera always puts too much blue in the image.

I have cast on for something else now, a cotton baby blanket with beading and lace - once again, for Alison.

I shall be disappearing for a little while now, I have to be in hospital for a few days but I shall be back soon.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Something new

It is so nice to have something new and interesting on the needles - soft, pretty, textured, with such lovely yarns as well, and a truly gorgeous combination of colours.   After all these years of knitting, it isn't very often that I find myself presented with something that actually feels new to me - and right now I am lucky enough to have a project exactly like that.

So - two yarns held together.  One strand of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in a soft pink called Vintage, one strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Majestic, which is of course something of a chameleon - not lilac, not grey, but something of both - very unique, and a very 'Rowan' colour.  Put this together with an interesting stitch pattern, and you will find that I am a happy knitter. I've been ticking along with this particular lovely for a few days now, and it is going beautifully, if I do say so myself.

This is unblocked, of course - still on the needles.  And it looks so pretty!   I am not sure which appeals the most - the texture or the colour.  And speaking of the colour, I've done my level best here to get it right, and although it is close, it is not exact - my camera always seems to put too much blue in the mix, and it is hard to correct.

Anyway - is it old rose?  or crushed strawberry?

Either way, it is lovely, and so is the design.

This will be available soon as a kit from Alison Crowther-Smith, and I think that she will be running a workshop for it, too.  

I'm looking forward to the last part of the pattern, there is a lovely pointy ruffle to make along each end.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Changing my mind...

I've completed very few projects with cables over recent years - the way it usually goes is that I fall out of love with the garment before I've finished the first pattern piece, I pull it all back, and rework the yarn in a different pattern.

It looks like this is happening again.....

I am almost up to the shoulderline of Truffle, from Rowan Classic Summer Delights, and I'm just not loving this.  I don't know why - it is a perfectly nice pattern, pleasant to knit and of course the cable pattern is very easily memorised.   The finished garment would be like this -

When I started knitting this, it seemed like exactly what I wanted.  But now I'm thinking I want texture instead of cables, and a higher neckline instead of a deep v-neck.

In my head, I'm planning a pullover similar to Kim Hargreaves' pattern Navigator from Rowan 29, but with more length, and with texture - a stitch pattern along the lines of the one used in St Mawes, from Rowan 39.   My Grey Navigator is worn a lot - the pattern would be rather different worked in this Cotton Jeans yarn, which has more weight to it even though it works up at the same tension, but the stitch pattern of St Mawes would add stability - I think this would be a good combination.

And also, it would be more flattering to wear, which should not be ignored.  In fact, I think that is the decider.  I have just made up my mind.  What was I thinking?  A deep v neckline, on someone my shape?

I haven't pulled back the knitting yet.  Later this morning, though.