28 Feb

Sometimes it’s really hard to keep myself from casting on for 15 different projects at once.  I have to remind myself that I really hate the feeling I get when I’m overextended, and set goals for which the reward is starting something new.  I promised myself I could swatch for the Open Waters stole as soon as I finished the body for the hex cardigan.

Mission accomplished!  It occurs to me that I’m basically knitting one and a half of these sweaters, since I got through the first front on the other one before realizing my gauge tragedy.  This one measures just what I would like.  I’ve started on the first sleeve, and what a relief stockinette is after all those hexagons!

I have a lot of sweaters I would like to make soon, but I’ve decided that first I will start a shawl, since I have fewer of those in my wardrobe.  You may remember that I was planning on using Manos wool/silk blend for the Open Waters shawl, but it didn’t work out.  Instead, I’m using another lovely wool/silk blend.

Here is my swatch.

I can’t get over how pretty this yarn is – it looks like all the colors of the rainbow reflecting on black.  I may make a few modifications to the pattern, but I’m not sure yet.   The swatch, once blocked, gets gauge perfectly on size 8 needles.  The reason I have yarn through the top is that it’s knit at a slightly looser gauge than the yarn calls for, and it distorts the measurements if I bind off, at least in such a small piece.  I will also need to cast on with larger needles.  The pattern calls for Lion & Lamb, but this is about half the price, and I like the color selection better.

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12 Responses to “Goals”

  1. mick February 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    It reminds me of an oil puddle…but in a really good/pretty/non-toxic way.

  2. caitlyn February 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    The hex cardi looks great!
    I love the colors in the Artfibers yarn.

  3. Rubys N Purls February 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    I love the cardi and the colors of the MING yarn. They are both so beautiful!

  4. mai February 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm #

    ah i love that blue color, but also the yellow. i’ve been trying to catch up on blog reading. what are you going to do with the yellow one that was off on gauge?

  5. Christie February 28, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Wow, that is so pretty!

  6. malaraky February 28, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    that yarn is stunning.

  7. silencepainter February 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    That yarn will make a really beautiful shawl.

  8. Erica February 28, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    Beautiful colors! Can’t wait to see the shawl; it will be so shimmery and iridescent-looking.

  9. Lin February 29, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    That yarn is beautiful colours.

  10. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) March 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    I think it looks like a black bird’s wing in the sunlight. I saw one just like that recently. How beautiful!

  11. Julie March 2, 2008 at 10:39 am #

    That artfibers Ming is incredible, isn’t it? I’m amazed I haven’t spent every red cent I have on all of their stuff…..

  12. brook March 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    gorgeous!!! both the yarn and the cardi!

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