New Projects

I have two new projects on the needles at the moment (don’t remind me that I am within inches of finishing Flyte, I just can’t seem to face it at the moment. And Cobblestone has gone back in the snooze pile as well.)

The first is the cool cable sweater pattern, Baby Cables & Big Ones Too. I love the simple modern design of this pattern, and am enjoying my first ever top down sweater. What I am not enjoying is the yarn. I’m using Sublime Yarn’s cashmere, silk, merino dk, in a gorgeous deep wine colour. I bought it when my lovely Plucky friend was visiting, and have been saving it for something special. It seemed the perfect choice for this sweater, because I thought the cables would really pop with this type of yarn. Alas, it pills and fuzzes like the very devil. Just from contact with other projects in my knitting bag, the cables have fuzzed so badly that they’ve lost all their definition. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it. Just carry on, and have it as a wear-around-the-house sweater, probably. I hear that the yarn does not tolerate frogging, so carrying on is my only real option. That’ll teach me to knit with anything other than my own yarn (imagine how splendid this design would be in Sylvia 4ply!!! sigh…..)

The second is a Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl, knitted from the last handspun I finished. (I’m trying to pretend I don’t have a half finished comfort shawl already, sitting in a corner getting dusty. This one is different, ok?) I love how the fractal spinning is creating gentle stripes, which the feather & fan pattern is breaking up into undulating waves. So pretty. And the colours are just right for lots of my winter clothes. This is now my tv knit, because only 1 row in every 6 is a pattern row. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the joy and excitement of knitting with my own handspun. It makes me feel Very Clever Indeed.

I’m still fancying making Venezia, a monochrome version in navy and silver Felted Tweed. In fact, I’m dying to cast this on. But I have to be Strong, because this project is going to be my Mount Everest, and it would be really silly to cast on now, when I’m still losing weight. I have to wait until I’ve settled at a size before casting on for something so momentous.  

3 thoughts on “New Projects

  1. Sorry to hear that the yarn isn’t working out for you. It will probably be super comfy when you are finished though. So consider that you have the very most wonderful wear every day jumper. One that you probably never would have invested that kind of money in. It will be perfect in the end.

    We’re looking forward to seeing in-progress photos of the shawl in handspun. It sounds just wonderful!

  2. I used the Sublime’s cashmere, silk, merino dk too for a cardigan and all I can say is – never again! It’s beautifully soft and for someone who struggles to wear wool of any kind next to the skin, it’s super comfortable – but, does it pill! I’m afraid I do just what you have said and use it as a wear-around-the-house cardi. It’s such a shame.

  3. I made something in a Sublime dk (can’t remember what it was called) and the yarn was fantastic. I’ve worn the cardi so much and there’s no pilling, fuzzing or anything unpleasant. That sweater is gorgeous – going on my rav queue right away!