Tuesday, May 29, 2012

icelandic star


Someone has been wanting to feature in all my knitting photos lately ;-)

I finally finished this ill fated cardigan I started a few months ago. A few days after I posted that photo I was almost done with the body when I noticed that there was a subtle color difference between the two red skeins I had used. Subtle, but immediately noticeable ... It just so happened that I had brought 4 of the red skeins from Iceland, and then purchased a fifth when I decided to start this cardi. Of course they were different dyelots, so the colors didn't match exactly. So I ripped the body all the way back to the colorwork (did I mention that I was d.o.n.e with the body at this point ? *sigh*) and started it again with another skein. The odd colored skein I used for all the ribbings and on one of the button bands.

If that was not enough, I almost ran out of the red yarn at the end, and had to scrape all the bits and pieces I had to do the finishing. Also, I had to re-knit the button bands twice, because my first attempt came out too long and all wobbly. The first time I tried it on I almost cried because it was too small and it wouldn't close properly. But then the wonders of a good blocking turned into the right size. 
Definitely this was the most troublesome cardigan I ever knitted.

The good part is that I love the end result a lot. These are some of my favorite colors all together, and it's a cozy, nicely fitted cardi which I think I'll wear a lot next winter.
The Lett-lopi is a bit scratchy to the touch and I wouldn't wear against the skin, but over a top is just fine. Also, it blocked beautifully and is incredibly warm.


Pattern: Icelandic Star by Sarah Hoadley (from Interweave Knits Winter 2009)
Yarn: Istex Lett-Lopi
Needles: 5 mm
Size: 32.5

(more details on the project page at ravelry)



5 comments:

Escalla said...

i think you may have the trick to taking pictures of her projects, just pretend you're modeling as well LOL

sónia said...

Ficou lindo!!
:))

Sue said...

Gorgeous!

likeschocolate said...

Great job! You really have an amazing talent!

Sharon said...

What a nice sweater. And you look great in it! Very cute assistant model!