Sunday, December 21, 2008

Two baby sweaters

February Sweater

Yarn: Jaggerspun Heather 3/8 in Wisteria from here
Buttons: Small circle hearts from Webs
About knitting it:
Next time I'd be tempted to knit it all in the round and then just steek it. I forget how much purling annoys me sometimes. I did knit the arms in the round: used provisional cast-on for the underarm stitches. Oh, because I did my button holes differently (row 1: k, bo 2, k row 2: k, m2, k) the edging looked horrible near the buttons. I fixed that by doing a single crochet edging on the front edges. All in all, a very sweet little pattern.

Baby Surprise Jacket

Yarn: Blue is an indigo dyed yarn I bought from a woman at my local spinning guild meeting. The natural yarn is from Cestari. I don't think they still make this yak blend, but I have only positive things to say about their yarns in general... a real pleasure to knit with.
Buttons: Bear heads from Webs
About knitting it: I confess, I finished this a long time ago and just didn't get around to posting it. The cleverness of the construction absolutely blows me away. I'm a huge fan of EZ, and this sort of pattern is exactly why!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ez's Butterfly Jacket

Did you hear it's snowing today in Portland/Vancouver?? I'm sure for most of you in colder regions this isn't that big of news except for here - it's a big thing! Everything is closed - schools, government and roads and everyone just stays home. So strange!

Anyhow - so my point is - it's cold here right now and I haven't lived in a cold climate for ages so I have barely anything appropriate to wear. This morning I was craving something warm and wooly. I went digging through my closet and guess what I found -


Hello! I don't remember you.

In my flurry of finishing this summer I wove in the ends of this FO and threw it in a drawer somewhere. I have to admit - I wasn't impressed. The fit and style was well, blah. But today, in the cold weather with a little mixing and matching - it took on a new form, just as a butterfly does and I love it! It feels infinitely wearable and best of all wooly and warm. Just as a Zimmerman knit should be.

Here's a view from the back. (shoulda done it seamless but I was lazy)


I knit it in Berrocco Ultra Alpaca (2 skeins - eeked through, barely) and the pattern is from Wool Gathering #78 (since sold out, and the pattern is now sold as a spun out and it's called the butterfly jacket. It's a modernized version of the classic rib warmer. More details on ravelry as always.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Seamless Hybrid Sweater

My romance with Elizabeth Zimmermann continues with my newly completed Seamless Hybrid Sweater. The pattern is from Knitting Without Tears and is knit with Cestari Navy and Natural Medium Gray yarns. You can read all about it here.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Modular Tomten Jacket

My first Modular Tomten Jacket, a shop model for The Yarnery in St. Paul, Minn., knit with Briggs & Little Heritage yarn. Read more about it here.

Me with the displayed Tomten and wearing my newly completed Seamless Hybrid Sweater in Cestari yarn, also by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

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