FO: Kirigami Pullover

Talk about love at first sight! I normally love pretty much all things Brooklyn Tweed but the latest look book had be at hello with Gudrun’s Kirigami sweater. It’s been FOR-ever since I made a pullover for myself and saw that as a perfect re-introduction. Plus, I have test knitted for Gudrun in the past and know her patterns are always spot on.

I decided to go with the yarn it’s called for, Arbor, which is Brooklyn Tweed’s newer DK weight yarn. I knitted my swatch in the suggested needle size (US 5) and saw my swatch bloom with a wash. I was hesitant to go down a needle size because I figured since I was working the pattern in the round vs flat like my swatch – the difference of in-the-round tension would make up the difference. But let’s be honest here, I was also impatient and decided to go ahead and cast on a sleeve. Sure enough my sleeve gauge was on (Pre-Blocking) so naturally I decided to just go forward with the knitting!

I didn’t do anything fiddly like start with the yoke first (although I see you out there with your provisional cast ons! Brilliant!). I kinda love being “bossed around” with my knitting so I pretty much followed the pattern to the T. I did however do my sleeves first which is always a good idea when working from the bottom up in the round. If you’ve ever ended up on “sleeve island” than you know exactly what I mean!

I decided to knit the 41” as I am typically a 36” bust and wanted something more slouchy than the smaller size which was a 37” bust.

The yoke has such beauty and texture which I find is so flattering.

SO people, let’s have the true confession. I knew I didn’t *quite* get gauge, and yet I still went ahead with knitting… so all day yesterday while this girlie blocked I was sweating bullets because sure enough the whole thing bloomed to another size completely! I didn’t pin it out – more like every once in a while I kept going back to smoosh it smaller and smaller.  Even now, all dried it is a bit too large for me but I still LOVE IT and will wear it a lot. The yarn, Arbor, is so soft and I can tell will get even softer with wear.

Am I a little bummed it’s not exactly the size I wanted, of course. I didn’t stop myself when I should have but I actually love this sweater so much I am thinking of making another in a smaller size with a different color.

It’s just so classic and I can see myself wanting to wear it again and again. But let it be a lesson for you all – Trust Your Gauge (!!!) and definitely do a gauge swatch if you’re making a sweater. Don’t be like me and pretend it’s going to work because it will not.

Oh knitting, I do love you so. It was really wonderful to get back into a project so deeply that I totally nearly ignored my children.

xo,

M

I must have done something good…

to deserve such an amazing friend.(Whom ever you are!)

Button Jar

I received this lovely birthday package in the mail yesterday addressed to Margaux "The Wonderful". You flatter me, my mystery giver! To be honest I had a moment where I thought I had ordered the yarn myself but then I realized I don't normally give myself such nicknames when filling out shipping labels!  I usually keep the nicknames to the home – Margaux "The Amazing", Margaux "The Conquistator", Margaux "The Dishwasher!"

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of Button Jar. It's a perfect green with specks of yellows and blues.

To the wonderful person who gave this to me… Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot wait to knit with it.

I am off to Rhinebeck this weekend! I can only imagine how overwhelming it will be to see so much yarn and friends while I am there. I am going on Sunday – if you see me say hello! I will be wearing my Belfast Hoodie!

xox,
M

PS. TEAM NICK is off the CHARTS! I am over my goal at $516.00 today!! WOO!!!! You all have been so generous – I love my knitters!! The team is still far from it's 10k goal so KEEP IT COMING!  The 5th Ave Cowl will make a PERFECT gift this holiday season!  

Project Spectrum 5: Red Rock

Sundara 100% Silk

Do you know Sundara? Of course you do. She's that fabulous indie dyer who produces coveted skeins of yarn that go on sale and sell out immediately.

Well, back in 2006 (I feel weird that I have to say "back") I emailed Sundara to have her dye fire engine red yarn for a scarf I wanted to make my my dear brother, Drew.  It was a Shifting Sands scarf, too.

Andrew Shifting Sands

I also bought a skein of her pure silk while making that order. All 1000 yards of it. I don't quite know what I had in mind then. It was probably something Eunny was making (how I miss her blog!). Alas, mine did not work out and I put the precious skein away for another day.

Enter Project Spectrum!

PS: Red Rock

This is my first year actively particpating in Project Spectrum!  The amazing Lolly has brought it out of retirement and I cannot wait to see what everyone creates. While I know so many others have big plans to try other crafts I'm going to keep it to my one true love: Knitting. What's more – I am going to use this as a reason to use my stash.  Each month a different color – a different stashed yarn!

I'm about half way through the edging of my Rock Island shawl and can already tell this is gonna be one epic shawl.