My summer is over.
I've gone from 0 to 160 at work and the only thing that's keeping me sane (other than my husband's hugs and maybe More Cowbell) is my knitting projects. So, of course, while the darkness of my work surrounds me, I would have a knit that brings me to the light… and of course it's name is Dawn.
Pattern: Dawn by Kim Haregraves, pattern book Nectar
Yarn: Rowan Organic Cotton, 4 balls
Needles: Size 5 and 6 circs
Dawn was a knit that I just couldn't get out of my head. When my LYS, Patricia's Yarns, got Kim's patterns book back in stock, I saw this one and suddenly became a like a middle schooler with a crush. I began sending it notes. I thought about it before I went to sleep at night and daydreamed about it when I was knitting other projects. I stalked it on Ravelry. Hell, in one of the notes I wrote: Do you want to go out? Circle yes or No. I'd like to think Dawn would have said yes.
Knowing that my stash at home was taking on a life of it's own, I looked through it first before I went shopping and saw my Honeymoon Cami sitting there pretty neglected. A quick search on Ravelry showed that the yarn for that cami would work perfect for Dawn and so the ripping commenced.
I never looked back.
This pattern was pretty straight forward but I must say it made this pretty experienced knitter have to really stop and think about her stitches and rows. I am terrible at using things like row counters and charts so I usually rely on counting and recognizing my knitting but this open worked lace was a little tough to decipher.
All my hard work though led to simple as pie seaming. Since the pattern was worked in garter stitch and such an open worked lace pattern the directions told you to do no more than simple back stitch to sew this puppy up. Who was I to argue with Ms. Hargreaves? ETA: I forgot to mention that I did change up the garter neck edging – the directions said to cast off each side collar and sew together but instead I left those stitches live and did a 3 needle bind off. I think it made it look more seamless!
I'm really impressed with how good it looked after I seamed it all together. I also gave it a nice wash in Soak. I can predict that this will be worn many times this fall.
Before things get Really Out of Hand at work I've decided to try to knit as much as my little fingers can handle. This is the first of the three piles of yarn that you saw in my previous post. I'm working on pile 2 and 3. We'll see what comes next… go fingers go!