Vintage Cardi, AbFab, and More

I know it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy in the interim with a few new knitting projects that I have just not photographed yet. After finishing the Dresser Scarf socks, I was ready to move on to a new project, but had no ideas lined up, and a severely dwindling stash. Just as I was about to despair, Interweave Knits came to the rescue.

Vintage Cardigan

The Spring 2005 issue of IK was full of interesting designs, but then, I always tend to prefer spring issues to winter ones, for some reason. I particularly liked the Wear Everywhere Pullover, A Good Bias, and the Bi-Color Brioche, the latter being on my definitely-make-sometime list. I also appreciated the Grand Plan Capelet pattern, and thought the cover sweater was a very interesting construction, though it isn’t something I could see myself wearing.

The best part about this issue is that I found a pattern I liked a lot that corresponded well to my stash of Schoeller Stahl Morea, purchased last summer in anticipation of yarn-drought this winter. It’s a lovely color called vintage orchid, in a merino/microfiber blend, just the thing for a delicate spring cardigan like this:

Vintage Cardi magazine pic

This is Norah Gaughan’s Vintage Pink Cardigan. I started working on it the Friday before Valentine’s Day, and I’ve completed all the pieces, with just finishing work and seaming left. Given the small gauge (about 6 sts/1″) and the fact that there is only one piece with more patterning than stockinette and k2p2 ribbing, I find my rapid progress almost miraculous. I fully attribute this to the charms of my reading list: I finished The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde while knitting, and am now working my way through the second half of the excellent historical mystery, An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears. I have several hundred pages left, but expect to post a review when I am finished.

Detail of cable on Vintage Cardi

At any rate, the pattern is quite straightforward, with minimal shaping and just the one bit of textural interest on the fronts. It is a close-fitting cardigan, and I am making the smallest size, but I started getting a bit nervous with those measurements, so I am blocking the heck out of the pieces as I go. The yarn definitely benefited from a wash, getting much softer after the fact. I am wet-blocking strenuously with straight pins, so much so that my blocked pieces match the measurements for the next size up. I figure I can always reblock them if it comes out too big when I go to put the sweater together, but so far so good.

Absolutely Fabulous Afghan

AbFab throw - 2 rows done

This past weekend I began a new project, an AbFab mitred diamond afghan in the Nightfall colorway, for my parents. I’m on the second row of diamonds so far, and I think it will be really lovely when it is done. I think this will be a good project for TV knitting, and for having an excuse to avoid finishing sweaters. šŸ™‚

Other Stuff

I have a few other potential projects waiting in the wings now. I was given some lovely tweedy chocolate brown vintage Rowan Fleck yarn that might make a classy bucket hat; and I have some Lionbrand Landscapes that wants to be a hat and scarf (or mittens) set.

I also broke down and bought a few things from Elann (thanks Tara!), including needles to finally finish that Braid Edged Cardigan from last fall, and some more Esprit yarn in mauve, silver sage, and Alaskan blue. Combined with the beige I am about to cast on with, that is enough yarn to go on a sock-knitting rampage. By the time it’s done, I should have at least 4 more pairs of solid-color socks, and either some stripey ones or some footies for jogging. Pom Squad Socks? Stranger things have happened, but don’t hold your breath.

Improvized toe-up sock #1

I’ll leave you with this pic of a sock I just started this evening, using Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ short-row method modified to be toe-up. I already like this version better than the toes from the Dresser Scarf socks, because thanks to a provisional cast-on of only half the stitches, I was able to make an entirely seamless toe. This sock will have a short-row heel, and 3/1 ribbing on the cuff and instep; I’m also considering a decorative bind-off. I’ll post more as the socks progress.

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