I have two FO’s to show today! I’m so happy with both of them! Let me tell you about my mini Na Craga first.
I knit this on US6/ 4mm needles for the size of a 2-3 year old, so in order to make it fit I had to skip some charts. I tried to keep the ‘feel’ of the original Na Craga without giving myself a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome. The yarn was part wool and part acrylics fiber (it was a deliberate choice; kids clothes need a lot of washing), but this meant that the yarn worked against me. It was very tight (even though I don’t knit that tight), and it came to a point where I had to put it aside for a few days.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out, but I did have to take out the iron for a good steaming session. The yarn should’ve been knit with at least 5mm needles, so the fabric became very tight and somewhat rigid. It didn’t have a lot of give (any at all), and wouldn’t fit a child very comfortably.
I sewed in the zipper before washing and ironing, which is not what I normally would’ve done. I’ve knitted a few things with this yarn, so I was aware of how it would behave. I stretched the fabric very slightly and sewed in the zipper. I thought about sewing buttons, but I think it’s much easier to use when there’s a zipper involved.
The backside needed some ‘central panel’ to make it all come together. I made a very small horseshoe cable out of the four stitches I had left. I like how it turned out. It’s not too distracting, but it’s got some character too.
The other project I finished is the Erasmus. You may have seen the swatch in a previous post. I recently unpacked my stash and I organized it by weight/ type of project I intend to use it with. I bought them in January 2010 to make the French Press Felted slippers. I failed horribly and never tried again. So now I have 3 balls of Drops classic alpaca in magenta, and 2 in navy blue. By now the yarn is (unfortunately) discontinued so I can’t buy any more to make a bigger project. Instead I decided to try something out with the yarns I already have. I have the two commercial yarns, and the first handspun yarn I made. I decided for myself that I had to do something with it and this was nice, but not enough.
So I thought of the one thing I really need. Armwarmers. I have the coldest hands (and arms) ever, and because I work with my hands a lot I get annoyed with anything that limits my movement. I mean rings, bracelets, fingerlet mitts.. anything.. So I decided to make armarmers like legwarmers, but with much more shaping. Because the second thing I really don’t like is saggy knitting.
I call it ‘Erasmus’, because the image is an abstraction of the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam. Even though I no longer live there, I feel like I left a part of me in that city and I need to go back every once in a while sniff the air of ‘home’. Looking back, I had a wonderful time there, and I really miss it. So I thought it was fitting to use the first handspun yarn I made in Rotterdam, on a spinning wheel named ‘The Rotterdam’, and use it to make the iconic image that says Rotterdam: Erasmus.
Now let’s be serious. It’s not a ‘design’, or worthy of being called a design. But I still like it. I’ll be using this in my home when I knit (and whatnot), but I won’t be wearing this outside :P. I realized that magenta isn’t really my kind of color. I like it, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. Nonetheless, I’m happy with my armwarmers. They’re warm, they give me fuzzy sentimental feelings without anyone knowing about it, and they don’t sag. YAY!