Friday, April 4, 2014

Buttons a Finished Object Make

My legwarmers are moving right along! I honestly don't know why I ever put them down. I'll have them all finished to show you next Friday, I think! I mentioned some buttons needed some attaching this week, too. Here is what some of them needed to be attached to:

If Tragedy's Appealing...

Pattern: Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL in Blue Green
Needles: US 3 and 4
Project Page

This project started with shining inspiration and ended with compromises I'm not thrilled about, but it all worked out for the best, so who am I to complain? When I first saw the cardigan, I knew it wanted to be a pull-over with a lace placket. It also had to be tweedy, because...tweed! Right? Right.

I got the yarn cheap when the yarn shop closed, even though I knew beforehand that I wasn't a huge fan of it. It's a scratchy wool (this coming from someone who loves woolly, scratchy wool), despite it's very deceptive name. Is there real silk in this wool? We may never know. I hear the regular Silky Wool is nice, though. I also bought this wool knowing it's labelled aran, but that it's actually lighter. It wasn't as light as I thought. It's worsted and I was banking on it being closer to sport, for some reason. That's my own fault. The one thing I did get right was the color. I need some green in my wardrobe.

I had to make some gauge adjustments, which meant some math had to be done (yuck), which means the sweater doesn't have quite the ease and fit I had planned, but it's not bad. I wanted full-length sleeves and had the yarn to do it, but I got so tired of scraping my skin on it as I knit that I couldn't stand to knit past the 3/4 sleeve mark. I was very careful to get the 3/4 length just right, though. some of my other 3/4 sleeves are more like half-sleeves because I get impatient and stretch things when I measure. I'm getting better at not doing that anymore. :)

Now I have a beautiful sweater and a full skein of this yarn that I don't really want to work with again. What's a girl to do? Wear the fabulous sweater and find someone who likes the yarn, I suppose. It could be far, far worse. :) The pattern is great, by the way. Heidi Kirrmaier is a fabulous designer.

How are your KAL projects coming along? I'm doing the quick and easy ones first, so I'm not moving as quickly as it might seem. Besides, I have so many WIPs and so much stashed yarn that a year might not even be enough time to get through it all, let alone the month of April. If you've finished something or are still plugging along merrily on a project, leave a link to your blog post or just tell us about it in the comments! I love to hear what you're working on!

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  1. Looks like you have a KAL give away item!

    I think I'm actually going to put aside a project to work on something else first. This is a big change in SOP for me. I'm pretty excited to start work on these boot cuffs. I've got modifications in mind (also a big change!), so I'm eager to get started.

    1. Those boot cuffs are going to be awesome! I can't wait to see them!

  2. Your FO is absolutely gorgeous and I agree: Peasy is a great pattern.

  3. Beautiful sweater! I love the color, and the 3/4 sleeves look great.

    I love the regular Silky Wool and am sad to hear that the XL isn't so terrific.

    I finished a baby blanket for the KAL and a baby sweater! Thanks for hosting -- what a great idea.

    1. Thank you! I'll have to give the regular Silky Wool a try some time. I'm glad you finished some things! Doesn't it feel nice? :)

  4. well it looks lovely! and the green suits you! did the yarn soften and bloom at all with blocking?

    i know what you mean with the sleeves! i've been thinking about adding some length to one of my sweaters sleeves...

    1. It did soften and bloom just a bit, but not enough for my liking. I'm too lazy to go back and lengthen anything, but it's a good idea.


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