Sunday, November 19, 2006

WIP update

So here I am, keeping up my promise to post more regularly. I have completed the back, and left and right front of Trellis, the baby sweater to be given to a friend who is due in the new year. I have also cast on for one sleeve, but I have put it on hold, to work on the latest Ivanova-original sweater, shown below.

This picture shows the back, and I have made it up to the armhole shaping. I have fiddled with this picture to enhace the cabling, the colour is way off. The picture below shows the color more accurately:
The main color is Kilcarra of Donegal irish tweed in a gorgeous blue, and the striping is Noro Silk Garden. I was inspired by Williamsro designed by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. My issues with that sweater, are that it is knit with aran weight yarns held doubled, so the overall effect is that of a chunky/bulky yarn. Not ideal for short people! Also the cabling is kind of boring, with only twisted rope cables. Yawn! So I made this sucker up from the Knitters Handy book of sweater patterns, for an aran weight gauge, with the cable panels of MY choice, from Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting book. I didn't sketch it, because I just can't draw the cable panels competently. I am quite happy with it so far.

I am also working on a pair of mittens for my Mom's (and Thrace's mom too) Christmas present, shown below.
The yarn is some German tweed-look yarn of the superwash variety, 100% merino wool. The cable panel which is kindof blurred comes from, you guessed it, Lavold's book, my own general mitten design. I like it allright, but I'm not too fond of the yarn. And I think it looks too masculine for my mother. I want to finish these, and start another pair in a more feminine yarn with more elasticity that will hold the cables better. Anyone out there want a pair of mittens? First come, first served!



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