Monday, September 14, 2009
Another week, another sweater...
I think I might be on a bit of a sweater roll these days as I am pleased to report that my Vine Lace Top-Down Cardigan is finished--poof--just like that. This project basically took a week with the longest portion being waiting for the flipping thing to dry during blocking. Hooray!
Pattern: Vine Lace Top-Down Cardigan by Sweaterbabe.com
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky in Kiwi, 7 skeins exactly.
Size: Xl, the second to the largest size.
Needles: Size 11
Mods: I did the pattern exactly as written which was not hard as it is exceedingly clear.
Many have vaunted this pattern and let me now add my voice to the chorus of praise. The pattern has so much to recommend it: very clear directions, an interesting lace panel that gives way to pleasing ribbing that ends up with a stockinette zone-out fest. The sleeves go quickly and the collar is a lot of fun--it also represents the first time I've ever bound off in pattern, isn't that insane? For some reason I had it into my pea brain that binding off in pattern was this terribly difficult task that one day I might be brave enough to attempt. Then I stopped by SYAO & Cynthia disabused me of this notion in about oh 3 minutes. Wait, it's just as easy as all that? Ohai I make things more difficult than they actually are...
This was a 100% satisfying knit as I now have an all-purpose heavy sweater to wear to Rhinebeck. Although at the rate I'm going I might even have another sweater or two completed by then. I am chalking this increased knitting productivity up to my new 'power of three' rule, which I must say is totally working out for me. While waiting for the smell of sopping wet wool to subside during the interminable blocking process, I cast on for two new projects--O W L S and Merion Mitts. This was done in a cavalier and 100% guilt-free manner, and I couldn't be happier to have put my knitting tsorris behind me!