Thursday, July 17, 2008
hot + cold
It's been a scorching day here today, and after a lot of frogging and re-knitting I'm finally done with the Frock Camisole, my first piece of summer knitting this season. I wasn't so sure this color would work out for me, but now it's done I actually like it.
Pattern: Frock Camisole, from Interweave Knits Spring 07
Yarn: Rosários 4 Bambolin (65% cotton, 10% linen, 10% bamboo), 3 skeins
Changes: A lot of them. Because I wanted to use this yarn from my stash, my gauge was completely off. Also, I wanted it less baggy than the original model, so I ended up CO less stitches than I was supposed to, and less for the back than for the front. Added one more decrease on the sides, and reduced the strap length. Also, I didn't make the purl stitch in the middle front, it just didn't look right to me.
And just before leaving for Iceland I knit up two quick items to take with me, and so glad I did. A second Koolhaas hat and a matching neck warmer. The hat turned out really nice, and my yarn choice this time was much better than the first one. The neck warmer was a first, but I'm totally convinced now. Especially when you don't want long scarves getting in your way when hiking and so on. Besides, it's much smaller and easier to pack.
Patterns: Koolhaas, by Jared Flood and Cashmere neck warmer, by Happy Living
Yarn: Schachenmayr Extra Merino Big
I have to say, that having cast on for several summer projects lately I've reached the conclusion that I'm more of a fall/winter knitting kind of person. I love knitting with wool, but with cooler yarns not so much. So I've been working on the remaining sock instead, and pretty much procrastinating with the rest ... I guess this just means more socks to come in the near future, so if you have any favorite patterns you think I should try, please do share :)