FO: Sukha

Last night, I finished a sweater for a test knit on Rav. And today, I made use of the gorgeous weather and the tripod I bought myself as an early birthday present to take pictures of it.

I used Cascade 220 in a navy blue for this sweater, and I love it. I think it’s stunning. The pattern, Sukha, is a hooded cardigan, and I’ll definitely alert y’all when the pattern goes live. My favorite elements of this pattern on the cabled waistband and cuffs. They’re a subtle but classic touch, and I think the color I chose only adds to the beauty of the cables.

 

However, this cardigan is not destined to stay with me. A while ago, someone complimented the cabling and that someone has a birthday coming up at some point between now and the end of 2012. And I’m been saying I was going to give this person a sweater for quite some time.

So, at some point in the not-too-distant future, this sweater will find its way into the hands of someone who I think will love it. And hopefully, she hasn’t figured out who she is from reading this post…although if she has AND she lets on to that fact, she’ll find herself getting her birthday present early.

And I think I’ll probably make another one for myself at some point in the future. In fact, I’m pretty sure about that.

But for now, the Ravellenic Games started on Friday and I have three projects that I need to be working on-like right now. So stay posted for more knitting…and more tea drinking and maybe more book reviews.

And enjoy the Olympics!

 

 

 

 

Pattern Release-Grace

Today, I am excited to announce the release of my newest pattern, Grace.

Grace is a lightweight triangle shawlette designed to complement a casual summer outfit.

The name, Grace, was inspired both by the literal meaning of the word grace (elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action) and the women in my family who have been named Grace.

Materials Needed
~350-440 yards of fingering weight yarn (the difference accounts for an optional ruffled edging)
~Four (4) stitch markers
~One set of US 6 (4.0mm) needles

I used Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Impressionist Blue for my sample, which you can see in all of the lovely photographs. For more details, please see my Ravelry project page.

All photographs (with the exception of the above photo) were taken by K. Pruss at My Favorite Cafe in Saline, Michigan. I am, per usual, my own model.

Hop on over to the Ravelry pattern page for more information.

 

 

Sunday Sewing

Back in May, I went to JoAnn’s and bought two yards of a gorgeous dark plum linen fabric. I was planning on making a top out of it. I even had a pattern in mind. I had plans. I was going to have an adorable top and soon.

Ahem.┬áSome things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years-or for two months, the fabric and pattern passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared a new bearer…or I finally remembered that I wanted to make a really cute dark purple top.

And with that memory came motivation. I was going to do this. In fact, I was going to do the whole thing in one day. And then, while I was at it, I was going to use the leftover fabric (the pattern only uses about a yard and a half) to make a cowl.

I got home from church around 1:30pm. I took this picture around 5:30pm.

This is what winning really looks like.

The caption says it all. This, Charlie Sheen, is winning. Winning is making a new top (including modifying the pattern and putting in a zipper) and a new cowl…all in under four hours.

The cowl was SUPER easy.

That’s about a yard and a half of fabric folded in half with two seams…looped around my neck twice. Classy.

And the cowl actually looks good with the top I’m wearing today…which is an unexpected bonus. (I am not, however, wearing it at the moment. Ninety-three degrees Fahrenheit is a bit too hot for a linen cowl.)

And then there’s my new top.

Fierce

I modified the pattern slightly from its original decision. The pattern was designed to have a side zipper. I didn’t like the idea of having a zipper in my armpit, so I cut the back out differently that directed and put the zipper in the center back instead of in the side. Also, I used a 7″ zipper instead of a 12″ zipper. This appears to be working out just fine for me.

Also, I added two ties to make the top a little more fitted. I really like this addition.

Back view…including back zipper and ties

Now I need some excuses to wear these two new gorgeous additions to my wardrobe. Maybe a brief vacation next weekend to the setting of Somewhere in Time could help?

But right now I need to try to finish knitting a sweater and a cowl by Thursday evening. Bring on the coffee…and watching Inspector Lewis with Momsy…

(P.S. Bonus points if you can find my modification of a Lord of the Rings quote…we all know how much I love to modify things.)