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fo: #23 lace yoke pullover

17 Nov

I call this my superknitter pose

Pattern: #23 Lace Yoke Pullover by Sandi Prosser

Yarns: Fyberspates British Merino DK in deep plum, Heaven’s Hand in saffron and Madelinetosh Eyre in dove grey

Needles: 3.5 and 4 mm KnitPicks Options circs

A triumvirate of colour

Comments: I’ve been working up the courage to knit this jumper for ages and ages and finally a few weeks ago, in a flurry of stash reconsiderations, decided it was now or never. I’m so glad I did, too. I cannot get over how awesome this jumper is. It’s possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever made. It’s still pompomless, but there will be pompoms. Oh yes. There will be pompoms.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous tackling a Vogue pattern in the beginning. If you listen to some people, it seems like Vogue patterns are notorious for having discrepancies between the pictures of the garment and the pattern for that garment. I know of a few people who just won’t knit anything from Vogue at all because they figure it’s all styling and no substance.

But I had no problems with this piece at all (other than my apparent inability to count in places, and that much is definitely all me). In fact, I followed it to the letter and I’m really glad I did.

As soon as I decided I was definitely going to knit this project, I knew I wanted it to be in the Fyberspates British Merino I had in my stash. I picked up the Heaven’s Hand in saffron from the Loop booth at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally and the Madelinetosh Eyre in dove grey from another booth (I can’t remember at all which one, unfortunately). All three have an amazing hand, though quite different. The ‘Spates and Hand are both plump and deliciously squooshy, while the ‘Tosh is much more fat and silken. I’m not wild about how the mill joined the yarn for the merino, but it was easily remedied and I haven’t been put off using the yarn at all (I’m currently using it in another colourway for a jumper for Matthew). Plus meant I got to practice my spit-splicing (Ann Hanson would be so proud: it seems I fall into the ‘magic spit’ category!). I would definitely recommend each of the yarns to anyone looking for a good knit.

In which I am very studious

Incidentally, this is one of the few proper Fair Isle pieces I’ve worked on and I would really recommend it to anyone wanting to branch out on their skills a bit. The jumper itself is primarily plain stockinette until you get to the yoke, which gives it really nice interest right towards the end, which is where I usually start to fade on projects. There’s no shaping (which some people mightn’t like, but I think works for this piece) and it’s completely seamless. The finished piece not only looks fab but it is was an absolute pleasure to knit, start to finish.

Further details can be found here and here.


knit nation, pt. 2 — yarn fantastic

4 Aug

So it seems I picked up a nasty stomach bug sometime over the weekend. Not really what I had in mind to open my week!!

After such a great day on Saturday at Knit Nation (see knit nation pt.1 and more to come!)  and a hilarious trip to Greenwich Picture House to watch Toy Story 3D on Sunday evening, I had planned to spend my Monday and Tuesday knitting. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be and I spent most of those two days in the bathroom or fast asleep in a feverish sweat (sorry, but I have to set the scene)!!

I am working on a few knitting projects at the moment. One is a birthday snood for my mam, a new design for a pair of knee-high socks for my great friend Mackie and a warm and cosy hooded shawl for my sisters baby, due January. Having two days to focus solely on knitting was going to be a treat, so I am pretty miffed about the whole thing, as my plan was also to get some great photos up today of what I have been up to.

So instead of lovely WIPs, I am going to finally get the photos up of the great yarn stash I received for my birthday! Yay!!!

First on the list of birthday joys are these two skeins of  bright and squishy BFL  from Nimu Yarns.

I fell in love with this particular yarn, ‘Striding Edge’, last year and have been dreaming about it ever since! It has such a bounce to it and so much depth of colour!

My first ever skeins of Wollmeise were given to me by the wonderful Emmms! Thanks Emmms!! (Hurry up and post about your amazing Wollmeise trip!)

Such great colourways and a perfect start to what should become an amazing stash!

This next little beauty I found on Etsy at Wanderlustcrafts. The crazy cool Emily has just started selling her hand-dyed yarns and this particular one caught my eye because of its bright blue streak!

It is a superwash new wool/nylon blend and will be perfect for a pair of socks for my dad!

I bought this Midnight Blue Mulberry silk off the Internet shop knitshop, with some birthday money given to me, without realising that the store was about a 15-minute drive from where I live! A trip there is in order I think!!

Last but certainly not least are these two skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in what has to be my favourite colour combination!! I just love their silky soft feel and the delicate twist!

Since I am doing a yarn post I might as well add the great finds from Knit Nation!!

To continue my Wollmeise stash I picked up two skeins of the Twin in Limone for the knee-high socks I am designing at the moment and a skein of the Grashupfer for some baby stuff for my sister.

I have been eyeing up Old Maiden Aunt’s Kelpie for a while now and when I saw it on their stall in the merino/bamboo blend I just had to buy it. The colourway looks great online but in person it is even better. It has a HALO!!

After speaking to the girls, it turns out that this is the only colourway they do that turns out with this ‘aura’ around it; something to do with the particular dyes and how they sit together on the fibre. Just pure genius if you ask me!!

Next, a British merino superwash sock yarn in a bright shocking pink with subtle hints of coral — this yarn is literally edible. The twist gives it such bounce and elasticity and makes it perfect for a Cookie A sock pattern!! Thanks Sparkleduck!!!

Unfortunately, this yarn has not photographed very well, which is a shame as it was my favourite buy of the day!

So there we go, a whole heap of  fantastic yarns and all from European dyers!!