Knitting the winter away…

Well February has been a mixed month for us here in Kansas. It has been VERY VERY cold and snowy and icy. And then it has been warm (70 degrees!) and muddy. I’ve also been feeling a bit under the weather, which allowed me to finish up a few things this past weekend.


The Pattern: Off the shoulder cabled aran by Calista Yoo

The Yarn: The Plucky Knitter MCN, “Tara’s Velvet Drapes” inspired by Gone With the Wind

The Needles: US 2 & 4

The Verdict: I started this on January 1, 2010. It got abandoned pretty quickly because I was upset that the yarn kept bleeding color onto my hands. This month I decided to suck it up and finish the sweater since I really really want to wear it! I still need to soak it in vinegar and try and exhaust the rest of the dye, but I love the overall look and fit and the yarn itself feels divine.

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A while ago I spun up approximately 440 yards of yarn from some Beemiceelf fiber. While I loved the individual braids, I was a little disappointed in the resulting yarn. I wondered if by plying the variegated with the semi-solid, I had overpowered the lovely transitions between colors in the variegated braid.

Then I found a pattern that I thought might work. This is Chrissy Prange’s (LeftSideKnits) Unwinding Hours. As I knit this pattern, I was thrilled to see that the subtlety of the colors hadn’t been lost. I think I’ve fallen in love again!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 19:50:33

    I think they’re BOTH exceptional! I especially love the bright blue bits shining out of the shawl. Can’t wait to see that sweater in person. It’s beautiful on you!

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  2. kippi
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 21:29:45

    Love the sweater. That is so interesting with handspun! The yarn doesn’t look the same as the braid and the shawl doesn’t look the same as the yarn! Love it. You are a knitting machine.

    Reply

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