Friday, July 27, 2018

Twigs-like






I’m pretty pleased with this one.  It does make me very happy to be finding such a good use for my handspun, and I’m quite proud of having done so much of the work of this garment my own self.  I can’t take credit for the idea—that comes from Rachel from Spincycle Yarns, who wanted to use the charts from The Twigs by Junko Okamoto in a dk weight cardigan.  The Twigs has eleventy-seven charts, and Rachel did the hard work of figuring out where they would work in a larger gauge cardigan, and all I did was trail along behind her, doing the same thing.  You can see her project here, and listen to her talk about it briefly here.  I was, as I’ve said, completely absorbed by this project.  I worked it in the round, with six steek stitches at the front, and since most of these handspun yarns are mostly merino, it was a little dodgy—ends flying loose everywhere.  I spent a long evening with a sharp darning needle, weaving them in and then I secured all the raw edges underneath a ribbon at the inside.  It looks pretty tidy, and it feels somewhat secure.  Whew.


I just want to do more of this now.  I’ve revived an old work-in-progress, because it, too, is all over colorwork at a fairly large gauge, and whoo!  It’s so much fun.  This project was started maybe two years ago and then basically abandoned when I had to put it away to make room for something else, and you guys, that is a mistake.  If I put it away, it stops existing.  I don’t even count it as one of my works-in-progress.  It just goes completely away, except for the nagging feeling that I should be either working on it or unraveling it.  I thought a few times about unraveling this one, but every time I looked at it, I just really liked it again.  Inspiration for this one came from the one and only Kaffe Fassett, and I’m still inspired.  I am not putting this away anymore.  There is yarn all over the table, and it isn’t going anywhere until this cardigan is finished.  It’s a mess.  I’m motivated.

30 comments:

  1. It looks absolutely beautiful. I love the colors that you've chosen. I have a sweater that I haven't finished, too. I just don't feel like having a pile of alpaca in my lap when it's 105 degrees. Gorgeous work, as always.

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    1. Alpaca + 105 degrees = misery! I think you're wise to wait until it cools off. :)

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  2. Fantastic. Go lady on the next one! JO x

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  3. It is gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

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  4. That is stunning!!

    Kaffe Fassett fabric is the bomb-diggity, for me!!

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    1. Isn't he just so inspiring? I adore him. :)

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  5. I am always impressed by your colour choices.

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    1. Thank you, dear Sally. I always worry that they aren't quite right, but then it's usually okay in the end. :)

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  6. I love it! I really like the buttons, too. What are they made out of?

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    1. I think they are made of coconut? (Does that seem right? Coconut buttons? It sounds weird right now...) xoxo

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  7. Wow, that is one very impressive knit. Stunning make.

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  8. awesome! can't wait to see the 2nd one done too

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    1. It's getting closer all the time--leaving it out all over the table is totally working! :)

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  9. Those are both so pretty. I can't wait to see how the WIP turns out, the colours look great!

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    1. It is looking very frantic at the moment--trying to channel my inner Kaffe and hoping for the best. :D

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  10. Made and modelled with your usual flair and panache!! Sigh!

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  11. I love it! I really like the buttons, too. What are they made out of?









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