Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Just couldn't resist.

The temptation was just too big ! When I saw this jacket at Ravelry I was immediately taken with it. Before I knew it I had orderded the yarn ( really I couldn't help myself ) on sunday evening. This morning the package arrived and I just HAD to cast on ! I made a swatch first just to be sure it was right. It is the yarn that is used in the pattern but you never know !
This is going to be the Drops 103-1 jacket I am using the Drops Eskimo in color Dark Grey # 14.
The finished versions are very nice, it's a very versatile jacket, to be worn casual on jeans but also nice on a skirt. Besides this knits up VERY quick, this is the result of less than 1 hour work.

The yarn is a 100% wool and is very soft and fuzzy. I don't know how spinners call this but it seems like fiber straight from the batt to me.

The Tangle Yoke isn't forgotten, I just started a sleeve on 2 circulars. This is the first time I am knitting in the round, so it's not going very fast yet....

BTW the stitch markers from the last post are from Etsy go and take a look.

Middle daughter is doing fine ! So are we.....

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Empty nest

It's quiet in the house. Oldest daughter is back from her holiday but went to college the day after so will only be home in the weekends. Youngest daugther is back to school and middle daughter has left the nest. She is now living in her own little house. It's very close by but's so strange to have one leaving for good. I'm happy for her, she was ready for it but I guess I wasn't yet. I'll get used to it but it will take some time.

The last two weeks were hectic, helping her to move and clean. Some shopping had to be done for all the things she needed. She was kind of lonely too so we went to the animal shelter and took home a sweet cat for her. It was my gift to her for her new home, so I was sure she wouldn't be lonely.

And look what came in the mail ! Yes, it's the VERY LONG AWAITED yarn !

I could hardly believe it when I opened the envelope ( sorry no picture of it, I was in too much of a hurry to open it ) but there they were, the yarns I ordered almost 7 months ago.

The middle one is not quite what I expected it to be, it was described as silver/dark blue but it is a silver/purple yarn. It is still beautiful though. The one at the bottom is a verly lovely silvery green, called Eucalyptus. Very nice and soft, I could make a lovely shawl out of that one.

This one is also not quite the color I ordered but I got one extra little hank of cashmere in the same color to compensate for that.

So this is a closed case now. I can knit with it if I want to, but I just don't know if I want to yet. Anyway, Im glad it's finally here.

This is what I have been knitting on for the last two weeks ( oh boy, it's been two whole weeks since my last post, I've been a bad blogger lately) the Tangled Yoke Cardigan from the last IK issue. It has been ripped a few times because I had some troubles with the gauge. If I was to knit it on the gauge that was stated I had to go down 1 needle size but I didn't like how it felt then. This is a yarn that is not quite easy to unravel, it is clinging to each other and if you knit this in a dense way I'm afraid it will be a felted cardigan after a few washes. They didn't call it Felted Tweed for nothing I guess. Now I did the ribbing on the size of needles to get gauge ( 1 size down) because I didn't want to rip this out AGAIN and the stockinette part on the size suggested. This meant I had to decrease in the first row of stockinette because it would have been to big otherwise. Hope this till makes sense. I'm also making it a bit longer because it will be a bit short for me otherwise. I really prefer a cardigan that goes OVER the waistband of my trousers.

I really like my stitchmarkers : coffeebeans !

* The yarn I am using for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan is Felted Tweed from Rowan, color Cocoa.
The ones that I got in the mail are Tess' Designer Yarns.