Flashback Friday

Birch

The year was 2006. I was just starting to fall in love with knitting and decided to make the then "have to make it now" shawl Birch (which is now a free download!).  Many balls of Kid Silk Haze were purchased and knitting commenced.

If I can remember correctly you had to cast on something like 299 stitches. As a newbie knitter you'd have thought that number would have been intimidating to a gal like me.  And boy, after the first two attempts of casting on on it was. I remember having to pour a huge cup of strong coffee in order to concentrate because if you've ever worked with Kid Silk Haze before you know. If you screw up you pretty much have to break the yarn and start over. (At least that's what I had to do!)

Birch

After the cast on it went pretty smoothly – the stitch pattern was very easy to remember and the wrong side rows were all purl (and at first that was one LOOOONG purl row!)

Once finished and blocked I remember thinking how HUGE the shawl was when finished. Too big to wear. If I ever decide to make it again I will definitely be casting on less stitches. 

The shawl is currently on display at Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken, NJ should you all want to go see it! 

Blithe

Blithe


Blithe

Think of a soft subtle mix, and if it ain't broke then don't try to fix it.

Summa summa summa time.

Pattern: Blithe from Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan 4ply Cotton
Needles: US 2s Addi Turbos
Ravelry Link
Flickr Link – for extra model shots 😉

I've explained before my "out of sight out of mind" syndrome – if I don't see it I forget I have it.  It's kind of silly to realize that I've had this knit sitting right under my nose for so long.  Well, as they say, better late than never!  I must admit that one of the many things I love about my summer is the time it gives me to knit.  There is no way I would have considered knitting a sweater on US2s if I didn't have a ton of time to devote to it.

I kept to the pattern except I didn't go down in needle size for the bottom ribbing and the neck edging.  I also had a problem with the cap sleeves.  I knitted the first sleeve as per the instructions and it was about an inch shorter than the sleeve cap.  I casted on for the second and made the adjustements so in the end I lengthened the straight rows about an inch and a half.  I was also a hair under gauge but I went with my knit instincts that told me that this yarn was going to give, and it has.

Blithe

I cannot be more stoked about how this top worked out!  I felt guilty about putting down some other knitting to devote to this and  I actually worked on this So much that I got a cramp in my left hand from knitting on the size 2s! I would not be deterred though so I did physical therapy by knitting those scarves.

Red Chair

So now that that's done I guess I should get to cleaning up my apartment ;-) 

moulin rouge

Moulin Rouge

This top goes perfect with a nice glass of red sangria.  I’m not too good with the whole "FO evaluation" but I’ll give it a go! The pattern was very well written and the only modification I had was using a tigher gauge.  I had knitted up a swatch with 7s that was a tinge tighter than the required and as you all know over a few glasses of champagne I decided to give it a go because like Nonnahs said – "You can always try it on and adjust as you go!"  Which I did! At first I was worried because it did look smaller but when I tried it on it fit like a glove – the beauty of top down patterns!

Moulin Rouge

I’ve used calmer before in the "Nothing but a T-shirt" shirt I made.  It has such a great give and it’s oh so soft. I am definiteiloy planning on knitting more tops with that stuff… so soft.  And to think I finally have something to show for Project Spectum – welcome June the month of Reds!!

Fifi

And thank you for the well wishes regarding Italy!  I’m going from June 20th to July 4th.  Howevern, I am going as a chaperone so it’s really going to be more a "work" trip.  I will have to deal with 40 teenage girls probably staying up all night, then wandering around the Italian streets driving the locals crazy the next morning.  I’m also the youngest chaperone, so they all think that I will be the one with the amazing energy (ha!).   Although I cannot lie, since I’ve never been you so know that I’m going to be as starry eyed as the girls walking in to the Sistine Chapel.

Our itenerary is packed with walking tours and sightseeing  but we get a few beach days! (Capri!) You best believe I will be taking hundreds of pics while there.  I figure this trip will allow me to see all the important parts of Rome and south so that next time I go I can just enjoy the cities without having to feel I need to do the tourist thing.

Thank you always for poping by the blog! I does sometimes amaze me that I actually have readers! (yea!!) It really has proven to be such a wonderful way to connect to new people and the positive and creative vibes it creates is so phenominal!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends!

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