Before I start talking about what I’ve done the last few days I’d like to point out I’m working some things out on the blog. I find the blog is really slow to load and it can (sometimes) take a very long time. One of the things I’m working on right now is self-hosting my images instead of linking them from Flickr. I’ll see how this goes, and feel free to comment on the loadingspeed (or lack thereof).
So off to the knitting. I’ve had the truffle cardigan in my queue for a very long time but while working on it several times, I found I wasn’t too happy with the yarn choices I had made. The first one was too ‘loose’ and drapey for a cardigan such as this one, and the second one looked great as a skein but turned out to outshine the cabling because of the many colors. I’ve chosen a new yarn which, in my opinion, looks a great deal better.
It’s the same yarn in a different color. As you might already know (if you read this blog) I’m a big fan of the TLS method, because of the simplicity and the great results. I used this method to be able to knit set in sleeves without having to sew. I started out with the first sleeve and picked up about 10 stitches, then I kept doing the short rows while picking up 1 stitch each time until I had 24 stitches (for the first sleeve). Once I had both of the sleeves done the knit had lost it’s roundness and the rows were even (note: the picture doesnt really show this on the front side).
As you can see I’ve separated the right sleeve. I felt the backside was a little empty so I added two repeats similar to the cabling in the yoke. It’s a great project to work on because there’s really not much of a difference between the RS and WS because of the moss stitch. If anything the WS is a more comfortable knit!
While I’m talking about this cardigan I might as well show you how and under what circumstances I knit. This is Kiwi attacking the crap out of my cable.. Everytime we sit on the couch (covered with the couch blanket because this house still lacks a good afgan..), Kiwi jumps on our lap and goes to sleep. She usually doesn’t when I knit or spin, but the cable… if it, by any chance, dares to come in her reach she will kill it… it just will have to die.. but only if it comes close enough 😛
I’ve also been working on some fresh rolags for the tomten vest I’m apparently going to finish somewhere in the summer of 2014.. I’m going to spin up two bobbins worth of singles this time because I don’t think I can stand it if I run out of yarn again.. In the future I’ll spin first and knit later…
I’ve been doing some spinning on the couch and even tho I can see the little cop growing, I’m not sure it shows on the pictures…
I’d like to end this post with something I’m very happy about. When I opened the windows this weekend the smell of early spring was in the air.. let’s celebrate 🙂