A New Record and a New Sweater

And in what might by my biggest knitting feat to date, I knit an entire sweater in 6 days. SIX DAYS FROM CAST ON TO BLOCKING! Now to be fair, I had a long international flight and several substantial layovers to work on this. There is also the fact that the sweater has no sleeves. Nonetheless, I am very happy with the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top from PurlBee. The fit feels perfect and the organic cotton yarn is soft and airy. Perfect for Spring in NYC. I made a few modifications to the pattern so I could knit it in the round rather than up the back, over the shoulders, and down the front.

Love love love the eyelets!

Love love love the eyelets!

The pattern is knit from the bottom up starting with a 2×1 ribbing and a cute little eyelet row.

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Continue on with about a mile of stockinette before a lattice knit pattern. There is no shaping in the pattern which is good and bad. I love the effortless feel of the garment as it kind of lays perfectly and lazily but I am a little worried about the structure of the garment overtime.

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I bought the yarn when I was in Germany and it was providence that I just happened to have the correct size needles for the project. I may or may not have had to pull them out of a baby sweater to use them but no one really needs to know that.

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My favorite part of the pattern might be the join between the body and the colored neck. It looks so delicate and dainty but really isn’t that spectacular. I love when knitting projects turn up little surprises at the end like this.

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Knitting as Story

I have often thought of my knitting as story telling. When I knit for others I usually take the opportunity to think about what the person means to me and to offer up more than a few prayers for that person. My hope is always that my knitting will be something that covers a person in love and reminds them of how much they mean to me.

You can imagine my excitement when I found a set of knitting patterns devoted to telling the stories of members on a family tree. The Family Trunk Project is a the undertaking of a Portland knitter who set out to document her family tree in knitting projects. One of the best things about her project is that she offers to trade one of her patterns for a typed story about your own family. Along with the concept, the designs are beautiful and I really want to knit all of them. Especially Maxine Elliot. I have dreams to make it into a dress.

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There are a few other projects on the blog that I have in mind for special people in my life but they will have to remain a secret for now. Check out the project. It looks like it has been a while since she has posted but it is an interesting project nonetheless.

Germany, in Terms of Yarn

I just returned from my first trip to Germany and I want to go back already. I had the amazing opportunity to travel with my boyfriend and his family for a week and a half. The German countryside was amazing. We spent many days hiking in the alps and ate far too much Coffee and Cake (a customary afternooon treat). I was delightfully surprised by German knitting culture. Imagine walking into the grocery store to a rack full of Regia sock yarn for under six euros a skein. Pure joy. Hand knitted socks were visible everywhere. I was especially excited to see beautifully crafted cabled socks worn by men in Leiderhosen. They were obviously custom shaped to each person’s calf. I have a serious ambition to add some custom cabled socks to my queue.

Of course I couldn’t escape without purchasing some delicious yarn. Here are some photos (courtesy of my boyfriend, hereby known as JB) of my German yarn tour.

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Germans really have the whole font thing down.

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Choices, choices, choices.
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JB picked out some sock yarn for a new pair of Argyles. Hopefully the superwash yarn will help him refrain from felting these ones.

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And some organic cotton for me. I couldn’t wait to cast on my Cap Sleeve Lattice Top from Purl Bee. It’s almost finished. Stay tuned for updates.