Bubbles progress and new Kim!

25 Mar

The Soap Bubble sweater is comng along really well!  This is the left front.  My yarn sub is working out great (I love the Lion Brand bamboo cotton, highly recommended) although my row gauge is ever so slightly off.  I am trying to compensate for this – it’s rare that I run into row gauge issues since my row gauge is inevitably 7 rows/in (as it is here) but for once the pattern calls for a slightly larger row gauge.  It will work out I’m sure.  It would probably give a neater edge on the garter stitch to slip the first stitch, but I can’t be bothered.  I am using a smaller needle on the purl rows here, and I think it’s really helping out my tension.  I can’t wait for this to be finished – it’s going to be so lovely and springy!

Kim Hargreaves has released her Spring/Summer book “Breeze” today.  If you read my blog you are well aware of how I love her designs, and this is no exception!  My favorites are below.

It’s wonderful when you find a knitwear designer who really exemplifies your own personal aesthetic.  For many people I know that designer is Norah Gaughan, but I find her designs (while undeniably gorgeous) too out there from my style.  There are others I love, but Kim Hargreaves is always from number one! One of the things I love about Kim’s designs is the way she can translate current trends into something that is still classic and flattering.  I think the first two sweaters above are great examples of that.   I love both the boyfriend style cardigans and the drapey cardigans that have abounded in stores lately, but I was worried about looking too “juniors dept,” you know?  I trust Kim’s design aesthetic, and that neither of these sweaters (which I plan to make) will make me look like I’m trying too hard.  She has also designed the only versions of the slouchy hat trend that I can wear, so I’m planning to make both the hats above (the green is crochet and is love, the other is knitted.)  There are several designs from her previous collections such as Blithe (2nd from last.)  I really wanted to make this when it came out, and now I think I shall (out of some lovely 4-ply cotton I have stashed.)  I seriously want to make nearly everything in this collection.  There aren’t too many 4-ply designs in this one, so I’ll have a chance – I can’t wait to get my copy (you know I ordered one, right?  Even though it costs more to order from the UK?)

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19 Responses to “Bubbles progress and new Kim!”

  1. katinka31 March 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    I just received my copy of Kim’s “Nectar” in the mail today — such pretty stuff!

  2. Renee March 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    I just bought Nectar from my LYS last weekend and have her other books. I’ll need this one too! Love Kim Hargreaves — totally adore her style.

  3. yoel March 25, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    All such lovely designs! The pullover sweater with the ruffled edge is so simple and sweet.

    • maxine May 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

      What great designs!! Can’t wait to put on my reading glasses and get started on my next project!!

  4. katinka31 March 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Also, I’m so happy they let the cover model smile in this book! She looked so bereft in “Heartfelt”. :P

  5. Maureen March 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    I do that trick with using different sized needles for knitting and purling, too! I am a very tight knitter and when knitting stockinette in the round, I have to put a smaller tip on the left side so I can move the stitches! :)

    Bubbles is looking great!

  6. robin March 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Bubbles looks really cute so far! Love that pink color.

    Couldn’t agree more about designers, as you know!

  7. Debby March 26, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Robin recommended your blog to me, as a fellow sweater knitter (though I am nowhere near as fast as you two). Your new bubble sweater looks great so far, though I am biased because I love anything pink.

    I’m not familiar with Kim Hargreaves’ patterns, so I’ll see if I can find them at my LYS. My current two favorites are French Girl and Louisa Harding’s Dauphine book.

  8. maria March 27, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    hello,i was really excited when i saw your capelet.your work is fantastic! i leave in greece and ihave been looking for so long to find a pattern and instructions for making a capelet that old fashion piece.i don’t know if it’s known but it used to be called with the gerund of the french verb for read that means the garmentfor reading.in my country we used to have it as a piece in our to wear in bed when we had a baby and we had to stay in bed for some days and 40 days inside.so please if you can give some advice like where i can find the instructios and the pattern.ishould be grateful.sorry for my english.

  9. maria March 27, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    sorry i forgot the word dowry in the last post..i wanted to say we used to have it as apiece in our dowry

  10. Tanya March 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    The last pattern I finished was Enchant from Nectar. Kim is one of my favorites, too. Looks like she’s cranked out another winner. BTW, your work is always divine.

  11. Julie March 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi, don’t feel bad about ordering from UK – it is often cheaper, especially with the current exchange rate. I actually checked it out yesterday and assuming the price of Breeze in the US is the same as Nectar you will most likely save yourself some money!

  12. Andrea March 30, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    Always love your book reviews and yarn reviews. You are such an accomplished knitter that your opinions are always trusted :)

  13. Batty March 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    I love Bubbles!

    I’m a bit disappointed with the new Kim… looks like she’s reused some of her older designs… I’m always sad when a designer I like doesn’t do something new and innovative, you know? That’s also the reason I don’t buy the new Debbie Bliss mag, all of the designs in there look like stuff she’s done before.

  14. Article directory April 1, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    The pullover sweater with the ruffled edge is so simple and sweet.

  15. Casey April 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    I love the pink you chose for your sweater. It will be so springy and pretty!

  16. Mia April 3, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Love your bubbles cardigan! What a fantastic Spring color!

    I have never heard of Kim Hargreaves until now. I will definitely take a look on my next trip to my lYS:) It looks like she has beautiful designs.

  17. Sue Smith April 10, 2009 at 2:43 am #

    I read your blog every day and was just wondering if you’re ok as you’ve not been around for a while. Hope everything is alright with you and look forward to reading the next installment. Take care.

  18. (meg) kiss my style April 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    great choices – love the second sweater the most!

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