Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Slow and Steady

This photo is in honor of the current color theme of Project Spectrum (pink, green, yellow). This is part of my second order from the Knit Happens sale. From l-r: 7 skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in Soul (light pink), 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in Berry, 7 balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in Pink. I also bought this:

7 skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in Pansy and 5 skeins in Mocha. The mocha is more gray than brown. I was hoping for more brown. Oh well. This purchase was to enhance my baby knitting stash for the future. I couldn't resist the great prices. My second order was bigger than the first! I bought Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Dk - enough for a sweater. It's currently burried in one of the bins and I'm too lazy to dig it out for a picture, but I like it a lot. I'm planning to make the Cable Trim Pullover (pattern 26) in the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting. Someday. I'm already working on two sweaters and they're coming along at a snail's pace.

Nonetheless, here's an update.

The back is done on the Debbie Bliss Rib & Cable Jacket and I'm working on the left front. I'm really enjoying the pattern, although I do have to pay attention with the center panel of cable work. I think I'm going to the love the finished product. Here is a closeup of the front.

It's a little blurry, but you get the idea.

And here is my version of Sahara.

I'm done with the waist shaping and ready to start increasing for the hips. I've put it aside at the moment because I feel like I should try it on, but haven't been motivated to transfer all the stitches to waste yarn and back again in order to do so. I can't say that I'm a fan of knitting in the round and/or knitting from the top down. Not yet anyway. Maybe because I've been knitting in pieces for so long, it's simply what I'm used to and comfortable with. But I'm open to trying new things and I won't shy away from a design that I like because the pattern is knit in the round. The verdict is still out until I make a couple of items. I'm sure I'll get more comfortable with the process.

I am liking the subtle striping in the yarn and, of course, I love the color. So I will keep plugging away and I'll be able to wear it in the fall.

Happy spring everyone!


Knitting in Pink said...

Woohoo! Look at all that yarn! What a great purchase from Knit Happens! Nice sweaters you've got underway : )

jillian said...

Loving your WIPS - especially that cable action!

Madge said...

Sweet Knit Happens loot. Bonding moment - I too placed two orders, and my second was larger than my first. Such great stuff *Rowan* at such great prices.

Your sweaters are looking great. Loverly cables you've got there.

Happy spring!

mary said...

Beautiful yarn and even more beautiful cabling work on that sweater. I understand that about now is the time top downs get to be a drag, but hang in there. You'll be done with the body before you know it and won't have to seam or weave in many ends. Beautiful flowers too!

amanda said...

ooh, loving all those pinky yarns! Sahara is looking good.

mehitabel said...

All those pretties--and pink, in time for this round of PS! This hasn't been an easy round of colors for me, knit-wise, so I guess I'd better ramp it up and find me some pink/yellow/green goodies! Your roses are lovely too!