Usually, when I write a finished object post, I like to tell you some story about how I found some pattern that I loved and some amazing yarn. Today shall be no different. One Tuesday in early January, Mary Annarella released a new pattern, and as soon as I saw the Enfield Pullover, I knew that I needed it. Then, I noticed that she used the Plucky Knitter‘s Snug Worsted, and I got even more excited. I was scheduled to have a sweater quantity of snug worsted in Skies of November coming in early February.
So, the yarn came, and I started knitting the sweater. It’s a very clear pattern and very easy to follow. The construction is slightly different from anything that I’ve done previously because you build up the back and sleeves for a bit before you cast on the front. This is designed to deepen the neckline, and I think it’s a great design feature.
It’s also a pretty quick knit. And the end result is gorgeous. I love it. The yarn is soft and warm. The color is gorgeous. And while I don’t think (and I don’t hope) that this sweater will get too much wear this winter, I’m pretty stoked that I’ll have it around for next winter.
For the third straight year, I’m participating in Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club. The first pattern of the 2015 club was Wex, which Tanis (rather brilliantly) paired with a rainbow-colored skein of cosmic blue label.
Here’s what I’ll tell you about this pattern. It’s pretty easy to memorize (eventually), which makes it great traveling knitting-once you’ve memorized the pattern. It also grows pretty quickly, so you can see your progress as you’re knitting. This is also really comforting. But the absolute best thing about this was the color of the yarn.
Look at that color. It’s so bright and cheery and happy and sparkly. That was a major motivator for me to knit this shawl so quickly. I just wanted to look at something that wasn’t white or gray or snow. I’m already thinking about starting another one. Raveled here.
At some point last fall-maybe in September, I started seeing pictures of an absurdly fabulous cabled cardigan pop up on Thea Colman’s instagram feed. I was smitten, and I knew that I had to buy this pattern and knit it up-as soon as Thea released the pattern. By mid-November, I knew that the pattern would be released about a week before Thanksgiving.
Shortly before Thea released the pattern, I received my November shipment for the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour. When I saw the “cloudless” color, I knew that this was the color that I had to knit this sweater out of. So, once Thea released the pattern, which we all now know as Chartreuse, I contacted Tanis and asked her if I could place a special order for a sweater quantity of cloudless on orange label-her worsted weight wool/cashmere/silk blend. She got it to me by early December, and then it was just a matter of finishing up my other WIPs so I could make this sweater.
To sweeten the deal for me, Thea is hosting a Knit-Along in her Ravelry group that began in early January, and that provided me with extra motivation to knit the sweater. I finished it yesterday-a mere 34 days after I started it, and I’m completely in love with this sweater. The pattern is straightforward and easy to follow; it’s also MUCH easier than I thought it might be. And it’s beautiful. As soon as I knew the sweater was done blocking, I put it on. And I’m refusing to ever take it off ever. I’m planning on living in this sweater.
I used approximately seven skeins of orange label to make the sweater, and I’m completely thrilled with the end result. I love the way that orange label makes cables squooshier. It’s a warm, snuggly sweater, and it’s exactly what I need for this cold winter we’re having.
And for the record, I’m planning on making another one at some point in the not too distant future.
The final pattern of the 2014 Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour was the Tantramar Toque. It is a beautiful pattern with gorgeous colors-concord and cloudless. It’s lovely colorwork. But I’m not a hat person. So, I turned it into a cowl.The colorwork is addictive, and I’m planning on working it into a future sweater that I’m dreaming about. The colors are beautiful, and I love cloudless so much that I’m making a sweater in that color right now. The yarn is warm and snuggly. Overall, it’s awesome. I finished it a few weeks ago, and I finally took pictures of it today. Raveled here.
A little over a year ago, I knit myself a delightful cardigan using Glenna C’s fabulous Jackson Creek Cardigan pattern. I love that sweater, and I wear it quite regularly-read almost once a week. I knew that I needed another Jackson Creek because I want to wear it so often, and so about six/seven weeks ago, I set to work knitting up another one. I used Tanis Fiber Arts amber label dk weight in the Jean Jacket colorway that Tanis created for the September edition of the TFA 2014 Year in Colour. And the marvelous Tanis graciously dyed a sweater quantity of Jean Jacket for me. And naturally, I had to make it into a Jackson Creek. I finished it on Thursday, and I’m unbelievably happy with the result. The yarn is so comfortable. The fit is divine.I finished it on Thursday, and I’m unbelievably happy with the result. The yarn is so comfortable. The fit is divine.
I did make a few modifications. Like I did previously, I knit the body in one piece to make the process go faster. As you can see above, I did raise the neckline from the original. This was NOT because I got distracted by the West Wing, but rather it was because Michigan winters are cold, and a higher neckline means a warmer me. Simply put, I love this sweater. and I wouldn’t be surprised if I made another at some point.
So here’s how this post works. Back around the time of the Super Bowl, I bought six skeins of white yarn. (TFA Green Label in Natural) I was going to make two baby blankets out of it. Somewhere along the line between the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup playoffs, I decided that I wasn’t going to use the white yarn for the baby blankets. Suddenly, I had a sweater quantity of white yarn and no plan for it.
But here’s the thing. Ever since I saw The Holiday back in 2007, I’ve wanted a white turtleneck sweater. So, I took the skeins of yarn and made them into balls, and then I cast on for a sweater. I worked on it for about a week, and then I realized that I didn’t want that sweater, so I ripped it.
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, I sat down with my US size 9 needles and I started knitting. Yesterday afternoon (on Wednesday, November 26, 2014), I cast off. I blocked the sweater. And then I wore it to Thanksgiving dinner this afternoon. My awesome mother took pictures of it for me after dinner, and I love it. (Of course, now I have to wash it because my dad spilled cold coffee on me on the way home.)
I love this sweater, and it’s going to be a great neutral staple in my wardrobe. If you’re wondering, this used about 4.5 skeins of yarn or about 925 yards of yarn. It was pretty simple. It’s just reverse stockinette with a few cables and ribbed hems to add interest. And I love it.
Back in September, I received my bimonthly shipment for the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club. I think that we all know that I love TFA yarns, and I love the YICC. September was no exception to this. In fact, September was my favorite yarn yet. The yarn was TFA’s Amber label, which is a dk weight yarn made of a wool/cashmere/silk blend. The yarn is luxurious, and the color (Jean Jacket) was incredible. It’s a mix of blues, and I love blue. It’s my second favorite color and the most prevalent color in my wardrobe.
The pattern Tanis released is Wingtip Cowl, which is gorgeous. I love it for two reasons. Firstly, it is beautiful. Second, I love it because it allows me to have the soft, wonderful amber label yarn on my neck, and I love being able to feel that yarn on my skin.
I started the cowl on October 23, and I finished it on Saturday night. It’s absolutely perfect. And I can guarantee you it will be used quite often this winter. Raveled here.
(P.S. I loved the yarn so much that I ordered a sweater’s quantity of it so I can make a Sople out of it.