I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. The moody hues and subdued palette punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye.
I’ve taken advantage of the drop in temperatures to start the cardigan I promised my brother for his birthday. Last December. There have been a few false starts and changes of hart, pattern and yarn. But this one feels like it will be the one. Bespoken is a modern classic: a tad more fitted than your average grandad cardigan. The design is by Cassandra Dominick who also writes the knitthehellout blog.
The yarn is L’Echappée Laine’s worsted Shetland. It is lovely, though just a wee bit scratchy. I can only hope it’ll soften once the cardigan has been wet blocked with some Eucalan. It comes in too many gorgeous colours for me not to want to use it again for myself.
Have a wonderful weekend. x
There has been preciously little blogging, but all the more knitting. First, I made a Laylow shawl for my sister, to take on her holiday to the Wachau in Austria. Not that she will have much use for it. No chilly winds to ward off, it’s about 30°C over there now. Lucky girl. The Laylow is a design by Shannon Cook and an easy and rewarding knit. Fast too, literally flew of my needles. If you’re looking for a project to knit on holiday, this would be a very good one.
Next is the Liv Light. Another cardigan, I know. But I’m so, so thrilled with this one. It is simply the perfect spring/summer cardigan. The fit is great, the lines are clean and flowing and it’s extremely wearable, as are all Carrie Bostick Hoge’s designs. From time to time, I will let myself be tempted by something more complicated, busier and then end up either frogging it, or not wearing it and giving it away. This one I know will be worn and loved.
I’m also participating in my first ever KAL, organised by Nadia Cretin-Léchenne. She recently released her Rosage pattern, created in collaboration with L’Echappée Laine who make the most gorgeous Shetland yarns. A combination I simply could not resist. Shetland wool is possibly my favourite yarn, light and warm and blooming. I have already ordered some 4 ply Shetland for a looooooong overdue sweater for my brother. I promised to knit him one for his last birthday and will have to hurry to get it finished before his next one.
Happy knitting, everyone!
Spring has definitely arrived. The streets are billowing with cherry blossom and the garden is returning to life. Everything looks new and fresh. The young leaves are the lightest, brightest shades of lime green and chartreuse. The sun is shining and all is well with the world. The sunshine has done wonders for my energy levels. I can almost feel myself waking up, just like the leaves and the flowers. The other day I saw this Robin Williams quote on Pinterest: “Spring is nature’s way of saying: let’s party!” It summons exactly how I feel about this season. There is no place I’d rather be in the springtime then right here.
I am also knitting with a renewed energy and have no less than three sweaters on my needles:
- Hélène: a lovely and airy design by Veronik Avery, which I have all but finished. The only things left to do are seaming the front and the back piece together and then finishing the neckband. I may well have to block it ‘à mort’ as I fear it has turned out a wee bit shorter than I hoped for. We’ll see.
- Wolf River: not exactly a spring sweater, but I couldn’t help myself, had to cast it on.
- Liv Light: as soon as I saw NapaGal’s version, I knew I’d better frog my Keel and cast-on this lovely spring cardigan. The design is straightforward and the lines are clean. It is flying off my needles and I’m really happy with how it’s shaping up.
For all three sweaters I am using yarn that I had in my stash or recovered from another project, so I’m feeling quite virtuous.
I wish you all a very happy weekend, hopefully with some sunshine to enjoy! Me, I’m going back to the garden and my knitting.
This post was a loooong time in the making. I finished these two cardigans weeks ago, but somehow never got around to showing them here, or putting them up on Ravelry.
Cardigans are probably my favourite item to knit, as well as being something I will probably end up wearing. In this climate you can usually do with an extra layer. As I like my clothes to be loose and flow-y, allowing me to move easily, I tend to go for A-lines. And as I hardly ever close them, I prefer my cardigans without buttons.
Where I still get it wrong though, even after a good four years of knitting, is size. Even when I knit several swatches, trying out different needle sizes. I seem to have evolved from knitting items that are slightly to small, to items that are way too large. Overcompensating. As a result, the item in question ends up in my wardrode, unloved and unworn.
For the first cardigan, Michiyo’s Stranger, I have gotten it right. Partly because for this design size doesn’t matter that much. It is a big, wrap around model. The second one, Cedarwood, a design by Alicia Plummer, I have only worn once so far. I love everything about this cardigan, the design, the yarn I used (Rowan’s Tweed). And the knit itself was fun and fast. But it is so big as to be positively unflattering. So I will probably end up having to find it a new owner.
You can find my Ravelry notes for both projects here and here.
Meanwhile, if you have any brilliant suggestions as to how to remedy this particular problem, I’d love to hear them! Happy knitting!
Things that cheer me up in January:
- A roaring fire.
- Flowers on my writing desk.
- Tea and cake.
- Knitting! As was to be expected, I got a bit bored with the plain Chesterfield I’m knitting for my brother. So, I put it aside and selfishly cast-on a Stranger cardigan. I am now happily cabling away.
- Knitting podcasts. I have only recently started listening to knitting podcasts. One I really enjoy is knit.fm. And Truly Myrtle, who writes one of my favourite craft blogs, posted her first podcast yesterday.
- A good book. I must be the last person not to have read Wolf Hall. I’m racing to finish it before the BBC adaptation airs next Wednesday. Something to look forward to.