Tuesday, August 19, 2014

From One Wrap To Another

The weather was overcast yesterday which was just perfect for sitting on my friend Rosemarie's porch and knitting. I took along my current project and showed her my next one which is...

... this cropped cardigan is from the Fall 2005 edition of Vogue Knitting. There are a bunch of designs in that issue that I like. Apparently, things are cycling around already. This pattern uses a heavier yarn and features cables. My favourite knitting stitch is ribbing and after that cables. This has some of both.

The yarn is Patons Classic Wool Worsted. It's 100% wool. Seven balls of this yarn was less expensive than six balls of another 100% acrylic yarn. Hmm... that seems strange. Either way, I prefer to knit with natural yarns because of the way they block. They do; acrylic doesn't. Blocking with knitting is as important to me as pressing with sewing.

I took along the scarf-like shawl only it no longer looks like above. Instead, it has evolved from...

... one wrap to another. The stitch pattern is a combination of ribbing and eyelet. It was on a sweater in another old knitting magazine. I combined it with two seed stitches at the end of each row and am making a wrap something along the lines of...

... the Eyelet Wrap from Vogue Knitting's book Shawls & Wraps. The one above is 14" x 83". Mine will be 16" by whatever length it ends up being - definitely longer than 66" - hopefully somewhere around 86-104". The previous wrap tapered from a wide - twenty-four inch - end to a much narrower - about four inch - end over a distance of 66" which looked great but wasn't long enough to wrap nicely around the back and hang down the front like the illustration had shown. They must have scrunched it around the neck for that picture. I'll knit the design again later and add more length at the wide end before tapering. MEANWHILE... this one is a easy knit, and light, and pretty, and I think it'll work quite well.

I have an appointment this afternoon but should have some time to start the dress this morning. It's not going to take long once I get started so getting started is the main thing. Luckily, it's already cut out.

Yesterday, I tried on a shrug at the store that was made from lace with a 3/4" sleeve. It would have looked gorgeous with the dress if it had fit me properly. One size was too tight in the arms and the next one up was too wide across the shoulders. At least I know I like the look. Burda 7118 either view A with shortened to three quarter length sleeves or view B would work well in a light fabric for summer and something heavier for fall.

I bought the beige chair for knitting thinking it would be perfect to place in a corner with a lamp and just curl up in only it's not an easy chair to curl up in because it's wide but not deep. Yesterday, the new neighbour was over and when she saw the chair, she LOVED it so I sold it to her for what I paid for it at Habitat. SO... sorry... no painting tutorial on this chair but wonderful to get my money back. Next time - LOL - I'll take my knitting and sit a while and see what I think.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the ability to start over

The defining characteristic of artisan bread is that the ingredients are simple and pure - pure in their essence - and everything goes in the direction of simplicity. For bread to be considered artisan, it must be hand crafted. Artisan bread comes from a process and environment that reflect imagination and intimacy. The human spirit, as it moves toward spiritual health, knows intrinsically that the artisan process is better for the soul than any process that moves toward mass production. 
- Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul


  1. Loved that chair! Hope you find another one to paint, as I have your tutorial on my virtual wish list. Also just read a review of 'The Artisan Soul' and have added the book to my actual wish list. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Me too only I'd like to love it and have it be comfortable... like the curl-up chair that I used to have... and shouldn't have given away... only it didn't fit the new studio... but still... wish I'd know. I'll eventually find the perfect one.

      Let me know what you think of the book when you read it. I didn't realize it was faith based until I started reading it. I'm on my second time through. This time I'm reading more slowly and using it as a study.

  2. Ooh, I really like that cropped cardigan! Can't wait to see your FO. I may even dig through my box of knitting magazines to see if I have that one. Bummer about the chair not being comfortable because it sure looked really nice.

    1. One of the women at knitting brought in a stack of old magazines to give away and I found several patterns I liked in them. It's good to look through those back issues once in a while.

      When I sat in the chair at the store, it felt great but a longer period of knitting just wasn't comfortable. The back encloses you and it quite warm and the seat is too short to curl up on so you're sitting very straight the whole time. Interesting what we learn when we actually use something. Great that my neighbor want's to buy it though.


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