Monday, November 7, 2011
You say Salina . . .
. . . I say Sal-eye-na. Actually I say, "Hooray, it's done." This sweater seemed to be the project neverending, one reason being that I did knit and frog the body of a sweater earlier in this yarn before deciding to knit Salina.
One good thing is that it fits. Sorry for the not great photo (color adjusted to show those tweedy flecks), but I'll take some more pics once I find the right buttons for it. I suppose you could say that it's not completely finished, but I'm going to go ahead and wear it anyway.
The sweater used six balls of Felted Tweed, mine in a raisin color called Treacle. I very nearly ran out, which was kind of mystifying because both sizes XS and S called for six balls, and I was making the XS with some adjustments to make it smaller. I did go down a needle size to get gauge, but I thought as long as you get gauge, you use the same amount of yarn. If somebody knows about this, do let me know! Anyway, it all worked out, but I had to make the cuffs not quite as long as stated in the pattern.
I mentioned this before, but I did notice the yarn is kind of harsh on my hands. Once after a long session, the skin on my fingers was raw from the abrasion of the yarn. But I do love it and all the wonderful colors it comes in. It's not scratchy, and becomes even softer as it's worn. I've even got a hankering to try some of the other weights of Felted Tweed, the aran and chunky weights.
But for now what I'd like is a break from Felted Tweed, and what better than a project in the soft and luxurious Rowan Kid Classic. I shared earlier that my hubby bought me a knitting project for my birthday this month, and I chose Billie by Kim Hargreaves, from her book Precious. I have high hopes of finishing it before my birthday on the 27th, so I'd better get knitting, right?
I'm making mine in a color called Smoke, the same as the model in the book. I thought it was discontinued, but I hope I'm wrong about that because it's a great color. I got mine from Jannette's Rare Yarns, my favorite Rowan stockist whose prices and service can't be beat.
I won't have to worry about shaping too much on this one as it's slouchy. I look forward to sitting down with a mug of tea, something good to watch (right now it's Downton Abbey), and miles of stockinette ahead of me.
Wish me Godspeed!