Knitting for the Winter: Rosamund’s Cardigan, Silver Belle, Lizard Ridge

Rosamund's Cardigan, by Andrea Pomerantz
Rosamund's Cardigan, by Andrea Pomerantz

Pattern:  Rosamund’s Cardigan, designed by Andrea Pomerantz, from Interweave Knits Fall 2009.

Yarn:  A merino/silk/cashmere blend light worsted-DK yarn from Lambspun of Colorado’s own line of yarn.

Modifications:  I love the concept of the cardigan, but didn’t think it looked that great on model — the close fit and the full closure down the front made even the beautiful model look rather chubby.  So …  I lengthened the sweater, lengthened the cap sleeves just a tad, ignored the hook-and-eye closures, and decided the right side would be the stockinette side rather than the purl side.  And because left to its own devices the cardigan would open in a really wide inverted V, I gradually increased the width of the front panels as I knitted downwards.

And in the end: There was a certain peacefulness  — or perhaps it was torpor — induced by knitting slowly on circular needles …  and, I found a use for the fabulous abalone shell buttons I found at Lambspun.

Silver Belle, by Debbie Bliss
Silver Belle, by Debbie Bliss

Pattern:  Silver Belle, designed by Debbie Bliss, from Vogue Knitting Fall 2007.

Yarn:  The same merino/silk/cashmere Lambspun of Colorado yarn used for Rosamund’s Cardigan.  Years ago, during one of the store’s sales, I bought many skeins of this yarn because I fell in love with the teal color.   And over the years it has been recycled.  And recycled.  I think these two sweaters are the final two incarnations, though.

Modifications:  Changed various cables to make them symmetrical, and lengthened both the bodice  and the peplum on the theory that the “babydoll” look is only for those under 20.  Also changed the closures from two to three buttons to stop “the gape.”

What is so great:  This is the most un-stodgy of cardigans.  Besides, anything with cables  — and lots of them — gets my vote.

Lizard Ridge Afghan, by Laura Aylor
Lizard Ridge Afghan, by Laura Aylor

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PatternLizard Ridge, designed by Laura Aylor, from Knitty Fall 2006.  I don’t live anywhere near the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I thought of calling it the Devil’s Backbone afghan, but it’s just too pretty for such a moniker.

Yarn:  Crazy beautiful way to use Noro Kureyon yarn.  A lot of Noro Kureyon.  About 7 balls of the Noro was recycled from a cardigan that had been sitting there waiting for a button band for 6 years (obviously it wasn’t going to happen), bought a bunch more new Noro, then decided that given the size DH wanted, we might go broke if I didn’t find a substitute.  Hence the less eye-popping colors from Plymouth Yarn Boku.  I also used up a bunch of scrap yarn of various weights from the stash.

Modifications:  DH wanted a bed afghan long enough to cover his feet.  So …  48 squares.  Yes, I know, they look like rectangles and strips, but that’s because I knitted each square, bound off, then picked up the next square from the bound off edge — repeated ad nauseum until I had the equivalent of 6 squares per strip, and 8 strips total.  No edging — I don’t like mixing crochet and knitting — but to control curling I substituted garter stitch (4 stitches) along the outside edge of the top and bottom strips.  The long edges are the natural scalloping of the pattern.

What’s so great? It’s done!

NaNoWriMo 2009: Be Inspired

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I have been thinking about writing this book, inspired by photographs from Steve Fitch’s book Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains.  I want to start with the first day of abandonment of a house in a nameless town somewhere on the eastern plains of Colorado, the final acts of the woman (it would be a woman doing the final giving up, wouldn’t it?) making up her bed, leaving all the empty things, silent things, behind when she closes the bedroom door for the last time.  And then, eventually, the explorers come — and they discover all that she didn’t leave behind, and they too close the doors on their own traces of abandonment.  And always the bedroom is the last sanctuary, the made-up bed and pillows aligned, the picture over the headboard, and on another wall, a studio portrait of an elderly couple.

November should be an entertaining month.

The Reading Pile

Readings-in-progress: October, 2009
Readings-in-progress: October, 2009

A pile of books, some more in progress than others …

I am finally getting around to Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections — it is strangely addictive, though I’m still not sure I would have stuck with it if I had to actually read it rather than listen to it.  But, here I am, on disc 13 of 19, and enjoying the combination of Franzen weirdness and George Guidall’s performance.  Could a family be more normal, or more dysfunctional?