Back again!

We are back in Louisville again, after 3 days in Iowa for a friend’s wedding. It was a nice wedding (they had a polka band! I loves me some polka in a totally non-ironic way!) but I’m glad to be back home again. We drove, since I hate to fly, and we listed to the first book in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy in the car. We loved it, and now I can’t wait for the movie!

Lots of time in the car does = lots of knitting time, and I did manage to finish the Tree Jacket. Right now it’s drying, so hopefully I will have the FO post tomorrow. It’s really lovely! I did almost run out of yarn, but hopefully I made the sleeves long enough! I also finished one of my Tiny Toes socks, and I’m about halfway through the other. I did a few repeats on the entrelac scarf, but I think I’ve reached the point where I’m tired of the pattern (isn’t that true of every scarf?) so now I have to make myself finish.

The fruits of 18 hours in the car:

I had intended to start the Tangled Yoke Cardigan next, but I am having gauge issues. I have swatched on US 3, 2, and 1 needles, and I need a size in between 1 and 2… the 2.75mm size 2 that is hard to find. I get 5.5 st/in on size 3mm, and 7 st/in on size 2.5, and I need 6 st/in. So I’ve ordered the size I need from Knitpicks, and while I await my turn in the sortation center I’ll have to find a new project.

I’m thinking I will make Juliet, the other new Zephyrstyle pattern. I know, I just finished the tree jacket, but Juliet is so cute – plus it’s short sleeved, so if I’m going to wear it this year I had better get on it! I got some great terracotta colored cotton fleece to make it out of:

I’ve also made a few ebay purchases of late, which I am behind on mentioning since things have been so crazy with the weddings etc. I bought Queensland collection Kathmandu aran to make a Central Park Hoodie (I’m late to this party I know!)

If you are like me, and you love tweedy yarns but cannot abide the roughness, I really recommend this yarn. It’s a merino, silk, cashmere blend, and it’s the most snuggly tweed I think I’ve ever felt! I was going to make the 32″ size, but I changed my mind after reading how it runs small… I think. I don’t want it to be tight, but I’m not fond of ease… hmm…

Berroco Peruvia in Avocado to make the Tilted Duster from the new IK. I wasn’t sure about this sweater at first, but I really think the ones I’m seeing in blogland are so much more flattering than the photos in the magazine! The peruvia is so lovely – it’s soft and slightly fuzzy. The color has a lot of depth that is hard to capture, and it has great yardage – the whole duster in the small size takes 6 skeins!

Can you tell that I’m ready for fall?

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16 thoughts on “Back again!

  1. OK, so that yarn looks like the exact same yarn I used for my Central Park Hoodie…even down to the colour. Mine is Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, which I believe is actually the same yarn different name?

    Anyway perfect choice for the hoodie in my opinion!

  2. Can’t wait to see your treejacket on, and I love that colour for Juliet, I think this will be a project a fair few people will be doing!
    I am using the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran for the CPH too, which is exactly the same as the Kathmandu you’re using, it’s the nicest tweed isn’t it? I’ve bought a whole heap of single skeins to knit up slouch hats with, I love the feel of it, I couldn’t resist!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I knit rogue with the Jo Sharp version of the Queensland yarn…It’s really the best tweedy yarn…very durable…and so soft.

    I knit the Central park – It turned out a little oversized when I blocked it. I believe I knit the second smallest size and went down a needle size. 34? It still has a nice fit.

    Juliet is adorable.

  4. I covet that terra cotta Cotton Fleece! I’ve been wanting to do a project in that.

    I’m making the Tilted Duster, too–only I’m using some Kimono Angora that’s been sitting in the stash for a while. It’s a much lighter yarn (although I did get gauge), so my results should be interesting.

  5. You’ve got some great projects going on! I’m late to the party too on the CPH – just a few more projects and then I can start mine. Although I might have to check out that yarn choice, I really like the color you chose for it.

  6. Stacy says:

    I love Juliet and was considering making her myself!
    I’ve swatched for the Tangled Yoke and I got the proper gauge (which is very rare for me). On the other hand, I have the Queensland KA which I was planning on making the Blue Bell with (I think it’s called) from “Fitted Knits” and I’m having gauge issues with that. I usually knit very tight and for some odd reason, I have 2 less stitches per 4″ than is called for. I went down a needle size with no luck yet. Hopefully, you’ll have better luck!

  7. Stacy says:

    I just wanted to make sure you saw the corrections for the CPH.

    Central Park Hoodie page 71

    Under “Left Front”

    Row 2 (WS) *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.

    Under “Right Front”

    Row 2 (WS) * p2, k2; rep from * to end of row.

    Under “Hood”

    Dec row (RS) Work to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, sl m, k1, ssk, work to end.

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