The sun came out today…

And suddenly, everything seemed more doable.  I feel like I’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks.  Normally, January doesn’t hit me like that since the days start getting longer; rather it’s December that affects me that way.  Even Zephyr was happier and today seemed a good day to post.

Feeling good, despite the beginnings of what may be the flu, it just seemed like a good time to throw my knitting down on the floor and take a picture.

I dropped a teaser in my last post, way back on December 25th (sorry!), saying that I’d begun work on something that isn’t another My So-Called Scarf (which I personally find borders on addictive) and is from the first knitting book I bought in 1984. I have long categorized it as one of my dream projects, you know “the one that got away”, or almost got away. When I first saw it in the pages of Amy Carroll’s The Sweater Book (Copyright 1983), I said, “Wow! That would be nice to make. If only…” But being new to knitting and living on a college student budget at the time, it was not the time to delve into such a project. Happily, now is the time.

Photo Copyright Amy Carroll (1983)

The kick-off was not without its set-backs. There were four re-dos of the first cuff (it’s knit vertically from cuff to cuff) alone because I couldn’t decide if I liked close-fitting cuffs for a coat (decided to leave the pattern alone), especially since the edging for the rest of the coat isn’t fitted, and then I totally messed-up on the original yarn selection and was way, way off on the gauge.  So I ended-up with good ole’ Lamb’s Pride.

I present the team for my dream coat:

Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep

Then I discovered a typo, in which the pattern calls for no more than two colors per row in the Fair Isle tradition, and suddenly there was the odd appearance of a third color at the seam ends of the row.  Caught that before I was too far along.

And then there is the inconsistency (or is it another typo?) of one of the striping sequences that doesn’t match-up with the photo in the book.  Both striping sequences call for white/natural but in the photo one of the sequences shows brown where white is indicated, so I caught that one too.

Despite these little speed bumps, the project is now under way and I hope to see it done before it gets too warm to wear it.

So that’s what I’ve been doing, knit wise.  In between waiting for yarn orders (I tried to buy locally, but the yarn selection wasn’t good for a project like this), picked-up Birds Eye Shawl and finally made it to the end of the first skein.  Almost 4 years after I started it.

Kokopelli

Kokopelli is finished and I’m excited to have a new mild-weather jacket on hand, so much so that I haven’t blocked it yet.

I’m normally a bit wary of rolled edges, because they just bug me, but it works well for the design of this jacket, so I left them alone.

Maybe a bit too roll-y in the collar for me.

I’ve had the yarn for 7 years but, never having found a suitable pattern, hadn’t used it until now (why does that sound familiar?). Kokopelli turned out to be a good choice for it and they suit eachother well. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I’d finished the whole thing and sewed it together that I noticed that the yarn on the outside of a couple of skeins had faded a bit, and so I have some rather curious banding on the sleeves.

faded areas

Of course, I could rip-out the sleeves and re-work them with skeins that didn’t fade, but that would mean repeat work, and I don’t like that. I’m going to be stubborn about this and let it go. It’s a hand knit sweater, and I’ll have to live with it.  I can’t imagine how this fading happened because to the best of my knowledge the yarn has been stored away from the light. I suppose this means that over time, the whole sweater will fade where it’s exposed to light, and that the inside of the rolled edges won’t. So I’ll have a nice sweater that will look crappy in the near future.

Details
Pattern: Kokopelli Jacket by Margaret Hubert, published in Simple Style by Ann Budd
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton
Needles: 4.5 mm/U.S. 7 and 5.0 mm/U.S. 8

New Eastside yarn store!

A few weeks ago while driving through Kirkland with my sister, she blurted out, “Yarn store.”

“Very funny, ” I muttered, figuring she was making a joke about my obsession with all things knitting.

“No, really!” she insisted.

“Oh, come on.” I grumbled.

“Really, there’s a yarn store back there—”

I pulled over and did a map search on my iPhone, and sure enough: a yarn store in Kirkland. Not wasting a moment, turned the car around and went back to investigate.

I have since visited Serial Knitters and it offers a good range of yarn and notions for all your fiber-crafting needs, and it’s great to know that all of us lost Eastside fiber enthusiasts have a place to hang-out again. Please visit Serial Knitters at 8427 122nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033 and give them a warm welcome.

As for knitting projects, I’ve been working on Kokopelli by Margaret Hubert from Simple Style, using Mission Falls 1824 Cotton in light blue (stash yarn), which I started in July and put aside while I finished Oriel Lace Cardigan. I’ve finished the back and am halfway up the two fronts.