Foreword: I have such hiccups right now. I apologize for any blurry pictures :).
Well, here we are. Me: having just posted more than a few lame posts. I mean, hello, when was the last time you saw some serious knitting over here? You: searching for the unsubscribe button in Bloglines.
The explanation is simple – I’ve had more than a few things occupying my time: life, ArtBeat, ouchie, a pair of socks for Paula which are a secret project for now, a few new designs which you’ll see at one point or another, writing up the Sockapal-2-za Sock Pal socks pattern, and the grand Tivoli standardization (have you seen the gallery? Holy moley, more than 20 Tivolis have been knit to date!)
Friends, it’s all about to change! August is a around the corner, things are becoming stable, and I’m putting a MAJOR pause on designing and pattern-writing because it is a HUMONGOUS time sink. I mean, it’s to the point where I’m able to recite a Tivoli pattern by heart, but don’t remember how to use dpns anymore, or the last time I had a proper dinner.
Side note: For the lovely folks who send me Tivoli-related questions, hello! Thanks for checking out the pattern! I respond to everyone, even if it’s a simple “I don’t know” or “it’s not important” or “check this website for the answer.” If you wrote to me and a week has gone by without a response, drop me another line. I get an average of 2 Tivoli questions a day, so sometimes e-mails get lost in the shuffle – mea culpa :).
Are you ready for some sweater action? Mwahahaha!
Nothing is a bigger impetus to get moving than a gathering where I’ll need to knit for a long period of time. So, faced with such a gathering at Claudia’s this weekend, I went scrambling to the yarn bin for some knittery goodies.
First, a little while ago I snatched up this Filati pattern book from the $1 sale bin at my LYS. My favorite part: the subtitle, The new trends: EXOTIC & EROTIC. Hello, is this a pattern book, or a dirty video? Inside are many yarn-specific designs, that is, designs which would look totally different if the gaudy (more often than not) yarn is substituted.
But there’s one gem. Check out the cuteness of this sweater tunic:
Hello. You must be mine.
The best part: they have my size. The smallest size is just right for me in every aspect, including petite 7.5″ armholes! You know me and armholes – against bat wings! The only change I plan to make is adding some waist shaping. That’s it!
The pattern is written for Lana Grossa Toccata, a yarn which knits up at 22 sp4i. Which is like my entire yarn stash!
Or so I thought.
Off to the stash I went. My beeeluuuuved Louet Opal, when washed, is about 23 sp4i, and the row gauge is significantly off (matters here for the raglan armhole shaping).
The Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino 2000, which I bought a little while ago knits up at 26 sp4i, but when washed, blooms to 22 sp4i. The washed fabric, however, is a little loose for my taste. Also, I only have 8 skeins with no easy way to get more of the same dye lot. I have to think about it, whether this is the right drape for the sweater and whether I’d be okay making the sleeves a little shorter.
Of course I can just buy new yarn! I do like the orange color presented in the pattern, and the Apricot KnitPicks Shine is exactly the kind of orange I like – has a lil’ yellow in it ;). Will Shine be the right yarn for this project? Its natural fuzziness and matte quality are a turn-off for me, especially considering the crispness and shine of the sweater in the pattern book. Although we’re talking $25 worth of yarn, I’ve learned that the price tag is senseless (I would never use Merino Style for a sweater again, even though the price tag is unbeatable).
Speaking of Merino Style…
So, the new and cool sweater project isn’t going to happen for today. I’m just not sure I have the right yarn to start right now. Instead, remember this crap?
Oh yes, it’s the Adrienne Vittadini nightmare sweater. At this point, I’ve changed so many aspects of the written pattern, I don’t even remember what I kept as written. I want to beat this thing to death. I want to finish it. If it sucks, I want to throw it out. And if it doesn’t suck, I want to
throw it out wear it. In either case, I want it out of my knitting stash.
(1) This is the sweater as it appears in the Adrienne Vittadini Fall 2004 pattern book. (2) The body of the sweater has been knit in one piece and has been blocked. I am happy with the way it fits. (3) I have 1 1/2 sleeves completed. (4) I’ve been able to obtain more yarn of the same dye lot to (hopefully) be able to finish the sweater without any problems. (5) The sleeves have been a major source of agony. While the sleeve cap fits perfectly, the arm portion is too loose for my liking. This is where I will steek.
Say what? Yes, my friends, the only solution is to steek this sucker into submission. I cannot wait to cut into it. First, I need to finish and block the sleeves. And that is what I will work on at Claudia’s.