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Completed Watershed Cardi

27 May

As I mentioned earlier, I finished my Watershed Cardi while I was in LA! It was such a fun project and took hardly any yarn at all.

I am very happy with my choice of the hand dyed Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton, it really makes it a wonderful little layering piece for the summer. I can see myself wearing it over tank tops and dresses for the next few months.

The lace and scalloped edging isn’t as hard as it looks, just be prepared to work in the lace pattern on both sides!

Overall, I’m quite happy with how my Watershed came out. I would even consider making another as a gift sometime since it’s a fairly quick and inexpensive project, but still looks impressive. I think it took me about two and a half weeks from cast on to weaving in ends. Not bad!

Finished Gretel Tam & the Start of Watershed

6 May

I am so happy with how my Gretel Tam turned out! It may just be one of my favorite projects to date.

Last night my friend Megan and I got together at a cafe in Berkeley for our semi-weekly knitting date and she snapped a photo for me. It’s been a bit warm in the Bay Area for the past few days, but I can always count on a 20 degree temperature drop in the evenings for an opportunity to sport a chunky, cabled beret.

I cast on for Watershed the other night. Yes, that would be the over-dyed Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton I had started my Who Me? Cardigan with. Unfortunately, that project had to be frogged. I’m not really sure what happened…before I started I was positive I had enough yarn, but I still have half of the left front, the collar detail, plus two sleeves to knit, and not nearly enough yardage. I had traveled with the project over the holidays so I’m afraid there might be a lonely ball of yarn somewhere between here and Texas. Luckily the small size for Watershed only requires 300 yards, so I think I’m safe this time.

I had some surprise time off work this week so I’ve already finished the lace border and am on to the first chart repeat of the body.

This week is my bloggoversary, so stay tuned! I have something special planned!

More New Vegan Yarns For Spring!

11 Apr

Turns out Berroco isn’t the only company with new vegan yarns out this season! Here are a few more I’ve discovered recently:

Cricket is one new option from Classic Elite Yarns (60% cotton, 40% linen). I love the subtle tweed effect.

Cricket

Also from Classic Elite Yarns is Seedling which is 100% organic cotton and comes in 14 great colors.

Seedling

Newest from Rowan is Panama (55% viscose, 33% cotton, 12% linen), this one looks super soft!

Panama

And then there’s Babyboo (45% bamboo, 55% nylon) from Knit One, Crochet Too. I’m really excited about this one. Don’t let the name scare you off, the color palette is actually quite lovely and void of too many pastels.

Babyboo

Do you think you’ll be giving any of these animal-fiber-free yarns a try?

The Woes of Photography and Cardigan Progress

23 Nov

I’ve had an amateur interest in photography for awhile now. I started with taking pictures of food; give me good natural light, a decent camera and I can take some pretty tasty photographs.

Tofu Florentine

Cinnamon Roll

For some reason though, photographing knitting is something I still struggle with. I think with food it’s possible to get a good close-up shot that still features the entire plate, but with my knitting it seems like I’m always having to choose between a close up and capturing the entire piece. Sometimes I’ll take up to 50 photos and not like a single one, even after extensive photoshopping.

On that note, here’s a close-up photo of the completed back of my Who Me? Cardigan. I can’t get over how good the hand dyed yarn looks! The back neck stitches are going to be picked back up later and used to make the sailor collar.

This week I’m back in Austin visiting my family for Thanksgiving. If you need me I’ll be relaxing, cooking, eating, watching all the Harry Potter movies, and making some progress on my cardigan!