So which project to start first from my “snuffled up greedily in the sales” yarn?
First – what exactly is the scope of this resolution?? What yarn to I mean?
Hmmm…every thing in this blog post “Yarn Sales – Being Good, Bad and Disorganised“, plus the gorgeous, green cashmere from my last post. Actually, It’s not to use all of it but to make a garment from each lot of yarn – I’m not gonna stress about an odd ball left over!
That works out as 2 Kidsilk Aura jumpers (patterns decided in Yarn Sales post – Liliana and Gelsey), a yet to be decided it in Silky Tweed and something in the Cashmere.
But what to start now? It was between the beautifully, cloud soft, green cashmere and Liliana in Kidsilk Aura…
Liliana won! Mainly because I need a warm suggly jumper now and I won’t be very inspired to knit it in the summer!
So this is the Rowan pic of Liliana…
from the Kidsilk Aura Collection…
I loved the colourway in the pattern book and didn’t want to change it. Lucky for me, all but one of the colours were available in the sale. Damn. No steel grey…until I got home and found I had snapped up some of that colour in last year’s sale! Yey! for huge stashes!
These colours – my kinda colours 😀
So off to the pattern…
There are two things I dislike about Rowan Fairisle patterns. They are written to be knitted flat and they frequently have three different colours in one row. I’ll explain…
Fair isle in MUCH easier in the round, doing just knit stitches and being able to see your pattern. If you need to weave in long strands, it’s easier too.
So why the problem with three colours in a row? Traditional Fairisle only ever has two colours in a row. As I knit fair isle with one colour in each hand, two colours works great for me and I can keep the yarns untangled – especially relevant when using Kidsilk Aura – sticks to itself like cheap clingfilm! Three colours for me, take much longer and it doesn’t flow. Boo! 🙁
So this is the graph I’m working from…
Fortunately, my “three colour nemesis” only occurs on about 12 rows – I’ll just have to slog through.
I have also addressed the problem of it being a “flat” knit by knitting in the round, doing the back and front together.I’m undecided what to do about the armholes though!
I could either, work some waste stitches and steek them (I’m sure this would work with Aura as it’s so sticky) and join the sleeve cap to the steek (bit worried about the bulk of the steeked bit) or knit back and forth for the armholes upwards. What do you guys think?
Suggestions gratefully received!
So progress shot so far? Here you are!