another beautiful tangled yoke

There’s something magical that happens when you block a sweater.  The yarn becomes softer – the sleeves that you thought were too short end up being just right and the stitches just simply shine.

Tangled Yoke

The Details:
Pattern: Tangled Yoke from the Fall 2007 IK
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, 7 balls
Needles: Size 5 and 4 circs

I know there are so many versions of this beautiful cardigan out there on the internets (about 320 listed in Ravelry!) and beyond so to add mine to the masses feels very unifying.  Folded gently in my dresser is a sweater that lots of my other kindred knitty friends will have worked stitch by stitch as well.  The pattern was very well written, although I did have some trouble with the initial body decreasing but just worked it out.  Other than that small bump it was all smooth sailing. 

This was the first sweater I have made where the sleeves were knitted in the round then attached to the main body.  While normally I make my sleeves at the same time, I decided for this round to not mess with crazy magic loops and noticed that they did come out ever so slightly different.  Again – the magic of blocking  –  a little tug here and smoosh there and we have perfectly matched sleeves.

Tangled Yoke

I can’t really express how happy I am with this cardigan.  I also can’t believe I made this in my busiest month ever! I guess I really don’t know the speed of which I can knit? Who knew?  I did a little bit every night and then had some nice eventless weekend days that made this go quicker. I did make a full comfortbale change to knitting continental  so I’m guessing that helped with the speed.  Sign me up for NaKniSweMo! 😉 If you notice though, I have yet to sew the buttons – I was a bit anxious to have good sunlight and a photoshoot.  All that means is that there will be another photoshoot again soon!

I was also so impressed with that cabled yoke.  I mean I know I could not at this point in my knitty experience think of the way that cable would twist and turn but wow what a beautiful and delicate embellishment!

Tangled Yoke

Usually at this point I’m scheming my next knit but the beautifulness of this piece has made me want to just revel in it a bit more before I cast on again.

So I will revel…

Tangled Yoke

while everyone else was at the yarn party…

It’s possible that I may be the only knitter on the east coast that did not go to Rheinback.   Work and play schedules just didn’t allow that glorious trip to happen this year so now I get to click on everyone else’s blog and live vicariously through them.  The only upside I can think of is that I don’t have the money for yarn at this time and god only knows what kind of debt I would be in if I had gone!  But what a goregous weekend they had – I don’t think the weather could have been any better.

As for my knitty life – it’s just been that kind of month. Work – workout – knit – wine. I have been such a lurker on everyone’s blogs just clicking and reading then leaving because my time is so limited lately.  There is a light at the end of this Lack of Time tunnel and it is coming in the next two weeks.  And, let me say THANK YOU to all those who left me birthday comments!! I feel so blessed to have such great readers who didn’t make fun of my chubbs. 😉  Know that it made my day bright!

For now I’ll try to get my blogging in as much as I can.  There’s so much great knitting going on everywhere! Socktoberfest is alive and kicking and despite the fact that I myself haven’t gotten a sock on the needles I’m queueing up patterns left and right!  I also saw another beautiful Tilted Duster which is slowly trying to make it’s way on my needles.  Right now that long stream of stockenette is so lovely to this busy woman – no thought required!  I am envisioning it in black – a nice classy simple jacket.  Only if the weather would get below the 70s would I be craving to knit it more.

I also got a new Rebecca mag (34 i think) at my LYS and want to start knitting pattern #22 – Sweater with Lace panels… gosh they really go far with naming don’t they?  It’s the sweater on the cover and I’m having a nice peek and daydream love affair with it.  It’s much more thought oriented and will have to wait for when I can devote a little more time to her but I’m tagging this one for the last sweater I do this year!

And speaking of sweaters – time for some progress pics of TY!

Tangled Yoke

She’s coming along beautifully!  I think my sleeves may be a bit too short but we’ll survive.  I am trying to finish the cabled part tonight under a very bright lamp.  The fun part has really been a "must concentrate or it’s going to get So Fucked up" experience.  I did have to rip out a few times just to get it right but it’s oh so purdy!

Tangled  Yoke

Now to pick out some buttons!!  I think a trip to M&J is in order.  oh and in case I don’t get to post again this week:  GO EAGLES!! Beat those Hokies!! 🙂

Come on baby light my fire

A new knit has begun here at tentenknits – the fabulous Tangled Yoke.

Tangled Yoke

Now, at first I wasn’t in love with this sweater – yes yes I realize there’s Lots of love for this sweater on the internets and especially Ravelry but it just didn’t wow me.  Even when I joined a little KAL over at Patricia’s I still wasn’t getting excited.  I even saw that Nonnahs casted on but still felt the same way she did about not really feeling the "gotta knit it now" feeling we all know too well. All this and yet… nothing…

It wasn’t until I actually put the yarn on those needles and started to knit that things dramatically changed.  Now, I’m just putting the car into 5th and taking it on the open road doing 90 hoping that I don’t get caught speeding.

Perhaps it was getting gauge with 5s or the truly soft wonderfulness of the Felted Tweed, but something has been ignited in me to try to knit up this sweater in ludacrious speed.  Of course we realize that due to my work schedule this just is not possible but this 3 day weekend has certainly given me a good head start.  I’m already past the garter stitch rib (which I had a little prob with the decreasing – anyone else? that whole "knit dec row every 8th row one time?? it didn’t add up to me)  and am working the stockinette – which instead of being really boring for me is a nice mental break from the other craziness of my life right now.

I also had a nice car ride to Boston to work on this as well.  My boyfriend and I took an overnight trip there on Saturday to visit a few friends and his sister and her husband (HI Beth and Peter!).  We enjoyed a quiet day and night of indulging in a new TV, some Newcastle beer, a few somewhat raw cinnabons, watching Ghostbusters 2, and a really funny episode of SnL. (Who saw that Rolf and the Swedish Chef sketch!?)

Today, I am taking my fabulous school holiday to knit some  more while straightening up my apartment for what I hope will be a fun night of watching the Yanks get one more over the Indians… sans Bugs.  (Geee-ross)

I’m also trying to finish Juliet since I think it’s pretty rediculous on my part that I can’t quite sew a button and add some ribbon to it.  But here’s a sneak peek for those waiting still…


I am just hoping the weather around here will cooperate so that I can actually wear it.  I mean 80 degrees in October?  A knitter could get real lonely in this weather…  but yet another thing to wish for on them candles –  oh yes there’s going to be a little Ten-Ten celebration soon.


ps. bloglines it would be nice if you can update my link so that people can actually read this if they wanted to!!  : (  Hi! I am here!