Monday, June 09, 2008

Finished Angelica Sweater!

Pattern: Angelica by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Bamboo from SWTC: 4 skeins: Purple
Needles: 6s and 8s. Mostly 8s.
Feb 10th to June 2nd. Still needs a button on the neck.
Oh my: Another top-down raglan. Swatched. Swatch lied. Started with too small a size (neck is small and round instead of open) worked increases and short-rows, kept trying it on. Decreased dramatically under-bust and gradually increased over waist and hips. Followed exactly for last 30 rows (the purl row stripes). At one point had a huge peplum from increasing too much and ripped it all the way back to the under-bust.

Is it super-obvious that there is a faded stripe right in the middle 3rd of the sweater? The dye lot was all the same, but this one skein looks faded. From my experience, bamboo on fabric isn't as thirsty as wool, and the color doesn't stay as well. Perhaps it will all even out in the wash?

Overall I like this sweater, finally. The yarn is soft and cool, the length is tunic-long, I like the belled sleeves and the hexagon in the neckline. I would make some changes if doing this pattern again, but this is good for now. 

Cat claws cause this yarn to pull and snag something awful: I had to chase pinot away many times, and the time he slept in the yarn basket was disaster!

Spoilage? And New Skirt Project

Just in case I am NOT the very last one to get my May 08 Blue Moon Socks that Rock Club shipment: Here is your spoiler warning.

New Project!
This is Indigo Ripples Skirt by Kat Coyle as published awhile ago in Interweave Knits. I am making it out of cheap hardware store cotton. I have made 2 gauge swatches, using 3 needle sizes, and of course the swatches LIE. I had to rip out the first cast-on after about 2 inches revealed that it was about 80 stitches too large. The next one seems to be okay, but I had to rip it out as well in order to add back in some increases. We shall see.
I'm worried about cotton shrinkage.

In the meantime: Here is the new kit from STR: The pattern is Cleopatra's Stockings by Yarnissima, and the skein is lightweight STR in The Incredible Shrinking Violet. Besides the mini skein, pattern, and dyer's Notes, we also got a luggage tag, which shall be useful for summer travels. It is a very rich color, and so far the striping looks distracting. 
I fear that maybe I am making too many socks. I don't wear socks too much anymore, since my current job requires bare feet.