I finished it on Monday night, but had to wait till Wednesday afternoon for a block of free time to block it. This time I just used the blocking wires to open it up, sprayed it with water, and waited for it to dry. It has been really hot these last couple days. I had thought that it would take till the following day to dry, but it was ready by Wednesday night. Yesterday was the photo shoot. It was difficult to get a full shot of the stole, it being so long. And I actually like it folded better, the color looked more saturated this way. No modeling this time though - I did not have the time, plus I was too lazy...
I was also too lazy to work a gauge swatch before I cast on, since sizing is really not that critical for a stole. After I finished 6 repeats of chart B, I tried it on. Anticipated the length of chart C plus possible growth during blocking, it still seemed a bit too short. And I thought I was so close to the finish line... So I added one more repeat of chart B. I thought working with mohair in this hot summer weather would be unbearable, but it actually turned out okay. I knitted most of this stole during night time, while the Olympic games were on. But working chart B requires focus, I needed to constantly look at the chart. And so most of the time, I "listened" to the broadcast. And it's good that we have DVR/instant replay, I could always rewind if there was something good and exciting on the program.
I prepared three balls of yarn for this stole, the 3rd ball has a little more than half left. I was thinking maybe I can use it for a short scarf, it would be gorgeous with beads. Or maybe I can pair it with a merino yarn, would it be enough for a hat perhaps?
I am knitting with Rowan Kidsilk Night. I bought this lovely lavender color about two years ago, intended to make Branching Out scarf so I only bought 1 ball. Then other projects happened, and this has been sitting in my stash since. When I first saw Seascape, I wanted to use Kidsilk Haze. I went to the stores, and they either didn't have the colors I wanted or didn't have enough. I also saw a gorgeous silver gray Kidsilk Night (totally my color), but there's only one ball left. And then I remembered this lavender ball in my stash. Totally thought that it was impossible to get more of the same dye lot, I made a trip anyway to the store where I bought the original ball. And to my luck, they still had it, and only two balls left. Is this meant to be all along?
Yesterday, I gave in and bought the Addi Turbo Lace Needles. And WOW! What a difference! With the regular Addi, I had to tug at the adjacent stitches and yarn strands to insert the needle when I need to make a S2KP, M1L, or M1R. And it would take several tries before I could successfully insert the needle. Now with the lace needle, I can insert the needle at the first attempt. I still need to tug at the stitches at some tight spots, but much much less frequently, and so I am making progress a bit faster too.
Well, this was really a fun project. Several weeks ago I was browsing Anthropologie's website and came across this Chunky Knit Shrug (they just took it off the site a few days ago, but here's what it looks like.)
And I thought - $68 for an acrylic sweater? I can do better than that. After all, the construction looked like the Top-Down Raglan Cardi, in super chunky yarns. So I cast on, and just sort of figuring it out as I knit along. And I think it turned out pretty well, exactly what I had in mind. It was super easy and super fast. I think I am in love with chunky knits now... :) I realized toward the end of finishing it, that it is very similar to the Anthropologie-inspired Capelet (Anthropologie seems to come out with these similar designs every season...) The difference is that I added stitches to the underarm so it would wear more like a cardi, rather than a shrug.
I tried looking for a white rose button, just like the Anthropologie sweater, with no luck. So I crocheted one using Rowan 4-Ply Cotton and sewed it on. For the closure, I used hook and eye. But I guess these are not strong enough, the fronts are still kind of open even with the hook in its place. I think I'll give it a few wears and decide if I need to come up with different ways of doing it.
This Blue Sky Alpacas organic cotton is wonderfully soft, unlike any of the other cotton yarns I have. I picked it up just a few weeks before Knitting Arts closed their doors (sob... one of my favorite LYS...) There are still quite a bit left - at 100 g per skein, the sage has 49 g left and the willow has 48 g left. What can I make with these? Must decide soon, I think these two colors are being discontinued.
The entire sweater is knit with two strands of yarn (one in sage color, one in willow color) held together.
Gauge: 10 sts & 14 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch using US size 11 (8.0 mm) needles
CO 41 sts.
(RS): K3, work (p, k) 1x1 rib to last 4 sts; p, k3.
(WS): P3, work (k, p) 1x1 rib to last 4 sts; k, p3.
Repeat last 2 rows 4 more times or when it measures about 3" from CO. On the last row, place markers as follows: P3, (k, p) twice, pm, k, pm, (p, k) twice, p, pm, k, pm, (p, k) 6 times, p, pm, k, pm, (p, k) twice, p, pm, k, pm, (p, k) twice, p3.
Next row (RS): There are 4 pairs of markers on the needles. For each pair, knit to the first marker, yo, slip marker, knit the stitch between markers, slip the 2nd marker, yo; knit the remaining stitches.
Next row (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts; k3. Slip all markers.
Repeat last 2 rows 10 more times. Total: 129 sts.
Knit up to the 2nd marker, remove marker, place next 27 sts till next marker on scrap yarn or stitch holder, remove marker, CO 6 sts on the needles, continue to knit through the back (the next 37 sts), remove marker, place the next 27 sts till next marker on holder, remove marker, CO 6 sts on the needles, continue to knit the next 19 sts to the end of the row. (Remove all markers as working across the row)
Next row (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3. (Total: 87 sts)
Continue to knit all on RS, (k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3) on WS, for 16 rows.
(RS): K3, work (p, k) 1x1 rib to last 3 sts, k3.
(WS): P3, work (k, p) 1x1 rib to last 3 sts, p3.
Repeat the last 2 rows 1 more time. Work 1 more RS row.
Bind off all sts.
Sleeve: Move stitches from scrap yarn or stitch holder evenly onto US size 11 (8.0mm) double-pointed needles or two circular needles, pick up 5 sts from the underarm where 6 sts were cast on for the body. Place marker to mark the beginning of a round.
Start knitting in the round for two rounds.
Change to US size 10 1/2 (6.5mm) needles, work (k, p) 1x1 rib for 4 rounds. Bind off.
Work the other sleeve the same way.
Weave in ends. Block as desired.
Note: These are my notes. I tried to write down all the details as I worked along. If something doesn't seem right, drop a comment and I'll look into it. Thanks!