I was going to tell you about my latest finished garment but it is currently waiting to be pressed and sewn up and is looking like a very uninspiring, messy, navy blue heap! Hmm – I guess that also means it’s not actually finished either
I’ll leave the navy blue heap until I have some photos of it properly finished and modelled for you - but I think I’m going to like it when it’s done.
If I stop there that would be a pretty short blog post so I guess I’d better show you my latest project – I’m really excited with this one
It’s Heligan by Sasha Kagan – that was this one from the cover of issue 46 of The Knitter magazine…
Isn’t that pretty? It is all in moss stitch (plus a crochet edging) Moss stitch is not a favourite of mine to knit but it does give a lovely texture so I’m prepared to tolerate it for something this striking.
Heligan uses 7 different colours of Rowan Siena – mercerised 4ply cotton – 14 balls for my size – that would come in at a whopping £70! Fortunately for me, Rowan Siena is, as near as I can tell, identical to the discontinued Jaeger Siena which I stashed in lots of different colours of the Jaeger Siena when it was discontinued
After a good rummage and carefully planning the colours like this…
I found I only had to buy 4 balls – 2 x Oak, 1x Sloe and 1 x Madras :-D
My colours are not perfect matches – my sub for Korma (Light blue) is brighter and more saturated, I have white instead of cream and my Floret (Lilac) is much darker. But I think they look good together…
I have been avidly knitting this on the train on my commute (yes – carrying 7 balls of wool in my handbag!) and at home every night. And have got to the armholes on the back already …
Slightly different effect from Sasha Kagan’s colours but I like that this version is a little bit mine. I don’t often see what a designer means when they describe their choice of colours but I am right there with Sahash Kagan when she describes these colours as being evocative of wild flowers on a misty summer’s day.
Loving it so far