Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Little Something

Just like some people search for small shawls, I like to look for patterns for simple little summer sweaters. My latest is Samantha Roshak's (KnitQuest) lovely sweater, A Little Something. It only takes about 400 - 600 yards of yarn, so was perfect for some of my special low-yardage acquisitions!

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I happened to be sorting through my stash this past week, and came across 4 small skeins - 130 yards each - of Grafton Fibers (Now DyakCraft) limited edition Harmonics. They don't sell skeins online, though they do sell the beautiful fiber batts for those who spin. I originally bought these skeins at the annual Sheep and Wool Fair a few years ago. The incredible blending of deep and subtle colours is so striking:

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The skeins that I have are a nice light blend of mohair and silk. You can see the shine of the silk in the skein and when the yarn is knit up:

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I am almost finished with this sweater, just ready to start the yoke (it's a bottom up design with no seaming), and the pattern is looking a little scrunched-up and small. But when I pinned it out to photograph, it was about twice as long as it is before blocking. It went from 14 inches to 27 inches!

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My next summer sweater is in crochet. It is is the O-Wool Herringbone Mesh Crochet sweater and I plan to use BMFA Gertrude Skein STR in medium weight for it. These small sweaters are total instant gratification - perfect for a crazy schedule like mine!

3 comments:

Lynne E. said...

It's amazing that the sweater takes only 400-600 yards. Great pairing of pattern and yarn!

So said...

Looks very beautiful... I would love to start knitting and crochet again once I settle down after grad school and all.

MttR said...

Fine pattern.Read about your nostepinne. Must have:D