Had a break in the rain yesterday and a chance to take pictures of the Ariosa cardi. I threw in on over the first top that looked decent, but I need to test out other options. (As always, click for embiggening)
That said, in the end I like the yarn and the FO, just have to reconcile that it wasn’t exactly what was in my head, know what I mean? Also, it’s far dressier than all my other sweaters and will be a great work piece, nearly year round with the nippy temperatures they keep. Hmmm. More short-sleeve cardi’s would be quite versatile in my wardrobe. And have the added benefit of being quicker, because, short sleeves!
Pattern: Ariosa Wrap Cardi by Cecily Glowik MacDonald for Classic Elite
Yarn: Bouton d’Or Dandy, Lichen, 8.5 skeins (~750 yards)
Needles: US 9 and 8 Options, used US10 for cast off on collar
Size: small (37″)
Mods: Apart from yarn sub, the only mods were to the shawl collar/band. It’s in 2X2 rib (instead of 4X4) and It’s about 3 inches wide (instead of 5). Both of these mods were intended to make the collar look less heavy and more delicate. BTW, I picked up 2 for every 3 stitches on the vertical portion of the collar, and it turned out to be almost exactly the number of stitches called for in the pattern.
When I finished Ariosa, I cast on a pair of mittens. For my nephew. You see, my nephew never received the mittens I made him last month. And the postal service has been zero help. “Indifferent ignorance” was the phrase he used. So either they are lying in the bottom of a bin, or someone, somewhere, is enjoying a lovely new pair of handknit woolen mittens.
I’m trying to take a c’est la vie attitude. Because, what can you do? I’ve never had USPS completely lose something. But, they were several days delayed with one christmas package, and I can’t help but notice that the price for Priority on anything but a flat rate envelope has skyrocketed. And that’s without delivery confirmation or insurance added on. So, I think I will be investigating FedEx or UPS when sending my handknits in the future, where you get tracking service.
He saw the pictures of them of really liked the color. I didn’t have enough Peace Fleece left to make another pair, but I did have a very similar color of Cascade 220 in the stash. Would you believe it. I mean, I have a fair stash. But it’s not unending. Even I was a little surprised at this. Anywhoodle, looked through my patterns and decided on All the Water from Through the Loops. My nephew did not shy from the cables – so more cabling it was!
I finished the hand of this one last night. I want to get these finished and off to him while it’s still winter!
Speaking of Short-Sleeved Cardigans
The Spring IK Preview is up! On first glance, I am digging this issue. I think spring/summer editions must be far more difficult to do than fall/winter, which more easily lends itself to knitwear. I like more things in this issue than I have since the Fall 2007 magazine!
Some of my favorite designs in the preview are: Silk Cocoon Cardi, Diminishing Rib Cardi , Soap Bubble Wrap (to be available on Knitting Daily), Saoirse Shawl (glad when I saw this was a shawl and not a skirt!), Net Duffel Bag, Whisper Cardigan (which I think looks much cuter and better-fitting on designer Hannah here), and the Float Stole.
Can’t wait to get it in the mail and take a closer look!
Rowan also has some new booklets out: Lenpur Linen Collection, Milk Cotton Collection, Organic Cotton Kids Collection, RYC Babies, Rowan Classic Family, Rowan Classic Reminiscence, and Rowan Classic Romance.
ETA: I also meant to mention that Yarn Forward Issue 11 is previewed here, for sale on February 16th. It’s the first issue that’s fully edited by Shannon Okey, and there look to be some gems, including some from Shannon herself!
How will we ever keep up?