The Great Green Thing

I finally finished my Nuvem, or the Great Green Thing as it has been affectionately called by boyfriend’s family. This baby took me about four months and it was truly a pleasure to knit every stitch. At first I was a little intimidated by the miles of stockinette but let’s face it, I love the soothing motions of knit stitches. This really was a therapy project if there ever was one.

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I knit this up with four skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Adriana (my name and favorite color!). The yarn is so smooth and squishy and a pure joy to work with. The finished object is equally squishy and wonderful. In the two short weeks that this has been finished JB has taken to stealing it for use as a pillow for naps on the couch.

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I absolutely love the increase sections. The increase method is an interesting twist on a make one increase which creates a smoother fabric and more even stitches. I will probably try to incorporate this method into more of my projects because I am always frustrated by the uneven stitches on either side of a make one. The only modification I made was to substitute the ruffle for ribbing around the edges. I am so happy with that choice, ruffles are still a tad too feminine for me.

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Overall, this might truly be my favorite finished object to date. I am even contemplating casting on another one, the pattern is that addicting. If I am being honest though I am in love with almost all of Martina Behm’s patterns, especially her newest one Angles. I think I need to knit them all.

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I will leave you with a totally goofy photo. I try to be all artsy and this is what happens. I should really leave the creative direction for photography to others more skilled than I. My only defense is that this shawl is seriously too large to reasonably capture in one go.

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So squishy I’m gonna die!

A couple months back I bought 3 skeins of Malabrigo Lace yarn at a moving sale at my LYS. Ever since then I have been drooling over 1500 yards of beautiful lace weight wool. I even resorted to cuddling it close to my face a couple of times. Patterns came and went but I never found a project worthy of the yarn. That is, until I saw the Die Cut Vest on the cover of Knit.Wear Magazine.

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The pattern is knit in a linen yarn and I was a little skeptical about knitting this up in a fluffy wool. I am pleasantly surprised by the way the pattern is knitting up although I am a little uncomfortable with the idea of a wool vest. In the Northeast it might not make a ton sense to have a sleeveless wool garment. I may end up adding sleeves at some point but for now I am planning to follow the pattern. Here is my progress on the lace portion. I love the way it looks and I can’t wait to see it blocked out! Even more, it just feels so wonderful and squishy.

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With that, I’m off for a day full of fiber lust with my boyfriend and his mom. I have plans to find a red floral fabric to match this odd skein of Malabrigo lace. I bought it at the same time as the pink and again, have been drooling over the color for about 5 months. Not only is it beautiful, it shares my name! I’m thinking it will look wonderful in a geometric lace/fabric hybrid project. More to come on that. It will be a patternless adventure.

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