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Finished Objects: Maelstrom
I finished my Maelstrom socks, and they fit perfectly. I realy enjoyed knitting them because the leg repeat is only a few rows long, easy to memorize, and each little completed section made me feel like I'd made a huge leap forward. The heel flap and gusset flowed perfectly from the spiraling elements, and the instep offered row by row progress as the diagonal closed in on the opposite side. And for the second sock, the whole thing was reversed in direction, so it was almost like it wasn't even a second sock at all.
How giddy am I over this pattern? I'm going to do something I've never done before: knit another pair, this time in a yarn I picked up at Rhinebeck specifically for this pattern: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, color Rare Gems.
Given my experience with the STR Mediumweight, I can see how Maelstrom's instep knit to the specified gauge can stretch to fit even my 9½ foot. However, I think just knitting the called-for gauge would make the leg a bit of a tussle to fit over my heel putting the thing on, so what I'm going to do on this my second pair is knit the lightweight to my calculated gauge of 7.5 stitches to the inch, and then switch needles after I turn the heel to get the slightly tighter recommended gauge of 8 stitches.
In the meantime, I'm wearing the blue ones. A lot.
Fashion Show at Yarn and Fiber
Last weekend, Cyndi and Jerry of Yarn and Fiber Company in Derry, New Hampshire invited Julia to bring the box of sweaters in for an informal fashion show, and everyone had a great time with it. Jerry captured the evening on video, which he has posted to their website in three parts. Here, just to get you started, is the first one.
Thanks to Britany, Jodie, Cheryl, and Amy for modeling, and to everyone who came out to fondle the sweaters in person.
Design Process: The Story of Vivian
by Ysolda Teague
from her original post here
Vivian combines elements of traditional Aran and Gansey sweaters with a flattering fitted silhouette. Darted waist shaping is worked invisibly into the large cable patterns that run up the front and in the back seed stitch panel, giving a perfect fit with the illusion of a nipped-in waist. Knit seamlessly, the sleeves are joined with the body at the underarm and worked in one piece to the saddle shoulders which are worked back and forth, joining to the body stitches as you go. Unbroken cables run from the flared cuffs up the sleeves over the saddles and eventually join together at the centre of the hood.
The whole thing started with this sketch, which I sent to Kate, along with the Little Birds and Keyhole ideas back when she first contacted me about the magazine. Kate said she liked the idea, but wanted to use it for winter (at that point they were taking submissions for the first issue) - great, I responded and promptly forgot all about it.
There are some obvious common elements, but my sketch doesn’t exactly look like the finished design. That’s pretty normal, at least for me, maybe because I don’t actually sketch out most of my ideas they all tend to evolve on the needles. And in this case, honestly, I was a little bored by my sketch by the time I went back to it, so I grabbed a couple of stitch dictionaries and decided to make it more interesting. The problem with that was that I not only made the design more interesting (in my opinion!) I made the pattern writing, especially the grading really ‘interesting’ and the knitting more time consuming.
We picked out a yarn, easy - I think Kate and I have reasonably similar tastes, and a colourway, not so easy but I think we were both pleased with what we’d choosen. This was it.
Yeah, that looks different too. It’s a beautiful yarn and I was excited for it to arrive so I could get started. When the tracking claimed it had arrived in Ireland, I was just pleased that it would be with me in a day or two. Except it wasn’t. And then the tracking said something about out to delivery, still in Ireland, and I started to worry. Lots of phone calls later and we had no idea where the yarn was - not even whether it was in the Republic or Northern Ireland, but neither postal system claimed to have it. The clock was ticking. Time for plan B, and Kate basically said "it doesn’t matter so much what it is, as long as you like it. Just get some yarn now". Hmm… ok.
"There’s some Fyberspates Chunky Scrumptious in the shop I work in, and the dyer is lovely and might be able to help, how would that be?"
"Ok, what colour do you want?" We picked olive as a first choice. I called Jen at Fyberspates, explained the situation, and she wasn’t in the least bit fazed and told me to take whatever I needed and she would replace it. I called Katherine the store owner and asked what colours she had in stock, preferably in the chunky. Only the olive in a large enough quantity. Perfect! and although it wasn’t what we’d planned, I think it turned out very well.
But actually working out how to do that, in ten sizes, did not flow together at all. But with the help of my fantastic tech editor, Alison, I ended up with a pattern that I’m very proud of. It was quite a saga to get to this point, and of course this is really only the beginning. I hope you like Vivian and I can’t wait to see your versions appear. I’d love to knit Vivian for myself, I even picked up some yarn on my trip to New Lanark, but I have no idea if it will ever happen, too many other things to work on right now, sigh! But I can still dream of a bright red, wooly Vivian, maybe with a fabric lining - wouldn’t that be great?
Design Process: The Story of Sylvi
by Mari Muinonen
Thank you for your beautiful comments on my blog and in Ravelry. I was even more excited with Sylvi than I was about GreenGable. This one is little more different, a little more something I have thought about for a long time, and something I wanted to do someday. And now it is here. The story began from this drawing and one cardigan, which I had knit. The Twist team asked me about a men's sweater, but this popped out from my head instead: not very manly.
Kate asked me to tell her more about it and to send details, photos, and a swatch. Meh. At this point, I was already bored with the design element of back cables. Mostly I wanted to throw it away.
So, this sweater is dedicated to my Grandma.
Finished Objects: Daniel, and Cleite
With only a few days to go before the arrival of the winter issue, I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the first one. There are so many lovely versions of patterns that I had every intention of sharing, but the time? She is a fleeting.
Daniel, for example, which has been embraced by men and women alike. I got to see Margene's version at Rhinebeck, but do I have a photo? oh please, don't ask. It was THAT kind of weekend. I'm lucky I got out of there with my sanity. But I do have permission from zeneedle herself to show you her photo.
Another delicious pattern from the first issue, and in the queue but swiftly moving up as more and more versions are showing up on blogs, is Miriam Felton's Cleite which I want to make in some of my own handspun. I think I've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating, that Cleite is a lace pattern that tolerates a cast off in mid-repeat, so every last yard of precious handspun can be put to beauteous use.
I'm still waiting for my Shibui to arrive, due to errant key stroke when I ordered from Webs, but they figured it out for me, and my yarn should be here any day now. I don't think at this late date I'm going to manage to finish Victoria (speaking of favorites from Fall) for NaKniSweMo, but at least I should be able to get started.