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I’m blogging about this from the San Francisco airport, so I’m gonna keep this brief.

Blue Gable

Blue Gable

Pattern: Green Gable by Sarah & Rachel, Zephyr Style
Needles: US 4 & US 6 Addi Turbo circs
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay in Navy, less than 7 balls
Mods: Added short rows to the bust and length to the body, knit the ribbing on both hem and arms longer, and single crochet on cast on edge so the collar wouldn’t roll.

I’m actually really happy with this garment. If I had to redo it I would start the short rows sooner as I feel they are a bit too low. But other than that I actually like how it fits! I really love how the Cathay knit up – its got great stitch definition and the microfiber really adds a lot of give to the fabric, unlike cotton y itself, and I would totally use it again for a spring/summer/fall top. All in all a thumbs up!

Oh, and for those of you reading my blog, please comment on whether you think the swatch below would look good with my coloring. Its for Sahara and I plan on purchasing dark plum beads to go with it…

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I have lots of knitting fantasies. LOTS. Cardigans. Pullovers. Socks. Even lacy stoles. My Ravelry queue is bordering on ridiculous. But I cannot stop myself! Once that perfect cardigan or sock pops up on my friends activity page, I have to add it. I have recently restrained myself from adding more sweaters (especially that turtleneck that just got added since I don’t really ever wear them!). How will I ever knit all these things?!?!

I have the startitis right now. I’m not sure why exactly as its about to get really hot here and if I knit with wool I just know it will felt before it even gets onto the needles. But I want to start them all the same. I just finished Blue Gable and will show pictures in the next post. I started the Auburn Camp Shirt in JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool/-Silk 2/18 in Ruby:

Ruby Camp Shirt WIP

I’ve currently got 3 socks on the needles – the Leyburn socks which are giving me fits right now. I knit one and it was too tight. I got to the leg portion of the second and I had increased too much so they were too wide. I have now ripped back to the heel and hopefully will find the magic formula.

Leyborn Socks WIP

I also cast on for some socks for a sock pal. Can’t show pictures yet, but I’ve got one sock down and I think it may be too large too. Grrrr.

Friday night I cast on for some simple stockinette socks. The numerous skeins of Knitterly Things Vesper sock yarn has been calling my name for weeks, so I finally gave in and randomly picked a skein and knit away. Here’s the progress so far in the Meteor colorway:

Meteor Striping Socks WIP

In closing I’d like to show some pictures from my garden.

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From left to right – Roses galore. Japanese Hydrangea. Lilly of some kind. Tomatos. Banana peppers.

Finally got some decent pictures with Salina, and just in time too! Its about to get HOT here in Dallas!

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Pattern: Salina by Kim Hargreaves, Rowan Vintage Knits
Needles
: US 3 and US 1 Addi Turbo circulars
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in Rage # 150, less than 7 balls
Size: Large (38″)
Mods: Short rows in bust, cuffs picked up and knit in the round, used size 3 cirs for seed stitch on the hip

My first pullover, my first seamed sweater, and my first experience with Felted Tweed. I love how it turned out! Inadvertently I cast on using the larger size needle, so the hip isn’t really fitted, which may be an issue later but only time will tell. I also added a total of 12 short rows to the bust, which made a HUGE difference I think – it fits perfectly there. Instead of knitting the cuffs separately I picked up around the edge of the sleeve and just knit them in the round. Mostly because I was lazy, but also because I wasn’t sure whether the cuffs flopped around, and I didn’t want to find out. The only issue I see with this knit is where it bunches around the underarms. I’ll have to see how to alter for this problem with my later projects.

Have you ever been so anxious to finish a project that you hunkered down for an entire day adding the finishing touches? I have. With this sweater. See, I live in an area where cold weather doesn’t usually last past April, and I knew I only had a few days left before it was hotter than Hades here. So I went to my LYS on a Saturday, and spent the entire day, and I mean the ENTIRE DAY from noon until 5 knitting those cuffs on size 1 needles. I didn’t eat, drink, or stop but a few times to fondle yarns. I even pulled some yarn for my next project and stared at it while I knit those cuffs. I was friggin’ determined to wear my new sweater out that night, and damn skippy I did. I was able to wear it twice before it was too warm (come on cold front!!). I may be able to take it with me to Minneapolis next week, or to Northern California the week after, if its chilly enough!

I also started Green Gable:

Green Gable WIP

I’m knitting this in Debbie Bliss Cathay in Navy. Love the yarn! Its a bit splitty, but I think it will be a great summer yarn. (please excuse the light burst in the photo, I still don’t have a decent camera and its really hard to photograph dark yarn!!)

I thought for sure I’d be sick of knitting red after Salina, so instead of using the JaggerSpun Zephyr Silk Wool I originally purchased for the Auburn Camp Shirt, I picked up some Classic Elite Silky Alpaca in a beautiful blue. But alas I was not happy with the fabric I got after knitting a swatch on 1’s, and I was NOT going down to 0’s, so Zepphyr it is, in wine. I cast on earlier tonight but there is nothing to see yet so no pics!

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