Sunday, September 26, 2010

Black and White

I finished the white linen lace sweater I started in January, just in time for summer. I coudn't work on it during the blizzards. The yarn was totally unforgving - no stretch - and I'm not totally happy with it. The judges at the county fair gave it a second place - calling it equisite but "a shame there are mistakes". There was some short row shaping in the shoulders I'm not sure I got right, but also a few places whre I picked up dropped stiches tha they may have been referring too - with the stiff yarn you couldn't really even out the stitches after picking up stitches up the ladder.

I'm happier with the black short sleeved cardigan, though it's a little too small in the sleeves. I used the 60/40 cashmere/merino yarn I bought the Atlantic Expo I attended in Baltimore two years ago with a vintage pattern from Interweave magazine.

My current project is a wool pullover of Jasper by Berroco - body finished and working on the sleeves. I'm also looking for some Malabrigo yarn and pattern I saw in Interweave. I ordeed the pattern on-line but it was backordered. I bought some Noro silk/wool Garden Party yarn for it, but I don't think it's quite right. I may return it if I can get the Malabrigo on line after the pattern comes.


HEB said...

I think these are both lovely, although I can see why you couldn't work through the white sweater in a blizzard (!).

I've long had my eye on a cardigan pattern knit out of linen, but, after your description, I'm thinking it would be smarter to rework it in a different fiber.

Churchma said...

It had no stretch - except when it did. The sleeves seem to get longer and longer. I noticed even on the picture on the pattern,the model's sleeves seemed too long. The yarn is a nice weight for summer, though It feels crisp and dry - not at all cozy.