Knitting in the Summer: Paula


Pattern: Paula, by Fiona Ellis, from Twist Collective.

Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance, a worsted weight, 100% wool yarn in color “lime infusion.”  A sturdy yarn with good stitch definition, and surprisingly, soft enough for next-to-skin wear.  Too bad it has been discontinued.

Modifications: Knitted the smallest size and ended up with finished bust measurement of 34″.  Sleeves were knitted in from top down and the caps shaped using short rows.

Thoughts: It is a well-written pattern, and the ridge stitch —  as well as the sleeve treatment — makes for an interesting sweater.  I also like the neckband construction; who would have thought stockinette stitch strong enough to support the cable portion of the collar!  Only quibble is with the circumference of the lower sleeves — too wide for my taste, but I appreciate the design details.

Henry James quote of the day, from “The Lesson of the Master,” 1892 :

It’s a great thing to have a wife who proves to one all the things one can do without.  One might never find them out for oneself.

Knitting in the Summer: Snowdrift Cardigan

The Turquoise Drift

Pattern: Snowdrift Cardigan, design by Michele Rose Orne, from Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits.

Yarn: Cascade Jewel, in turquoise.  I fell in love with the yarn and the color, even though I knew I was going to have trouble finding the right project for this hand-dyed thick-and-thin almost-bulky weight yarn.  And I was right.  As with most of my projects, this yarn has been through other incarnations, none of them satisfactory. . . .

Thoughts: . . . .  and this jacket was no exception.  The yarn does not drape, and it is surprisingly heavy.  So the cardigan grew, and grew — especially the sleeves.  I feel like I am wearing muffs.  On the other hand, I love the idea of the big cabled collar and the big cabled cuffs, and it was a fun knit  — it’s just that the final cardigan is too big for me, and awkward to wear.  Nevertheless, I think I will wear it (at least a couple of times) for no other reason than for its dramatic value 🙂