Friday, April 11, 2008

Over the last couple of days I've been trying to compose an elegant and clever post about my knitting in this last month. It's been kind of scattered and, consequently, so have been my thoughts.
I'm just gonna dive in, OK? I promise you lots of pictures and maybe tomorrow and FO post!

It all began with the 3 Year Anniversary party at The Point. I can't believe that I've been a part of that wonderful place for 3 years! How it's changed my life! I, of course, had to buy something. The lovely ladies at my table shoved a one skein pattern in my hand and sent me off to buy yarn. I came away with this.

Malabrigo in the most scrumptious golden color that I am completely in love with. It's the color of dandelions. Or forsythia. Or egg yolks. I love it! I finished the project in a matter of days. It's a neck warmer and it used less than one skein. It's the perfect knit for when you need a little luxury fiber fix.

CE Cotton Bamboo swatch

Then there is this monstrosity. It's a cotton bamboo blend (to be revealed later) that is to be the yarn of the month for June, for The Point. I hate it. You can see the progression of needles I used on my swatch to get the correct gauge. The top one was a #4. The last one was a #1. I now have to come up with a pattern for this yarn and knit it using a #1 needle. Oh Lord, save me now!

Calmer detail.

And saving the best for last! Da da da DA! Rowan Calmer! Why had I never knit with this before? I have to admit, I was curious. Then I had a little browse through the Rowan Studio Issue Nine, which is entirely devoted to the Calmer, and found an adorable little pattern. Only five skeins? Sign me up!
I've never experienced such joy knitting with cotton before. Never! I almost got the correct gauge on the first try with the recommended needles! I could have copped out and just used the #8s but I was worried that my gauge might loosen up over the course of the project, so I went down to #6s. That's a heck of a lot better than #1s! And look at the perfect little stitches! My knitting never looks like that!

Ladies and gentlemen, I think I'm on love!


Anonymous said...

Are you making the Kia Cowl with the Malabrigo?

Karen said...

I haven't used Calmer before either. I'm waiting for a yarn fairy to drop some on my doorstep. I haven't ordered any...I just hope that a fairy brings me some one day. :)

Veronique said...

3 years?! Wow!
I have bag of Calmer that I bought on eBay a while ago, knit half a sweater, and put it down... Maybe I'll check out Rowan Studio for inspiration :)

Shana said...

Why don't you try swatching the mystery yarn with the strands held doubled?
Malabrigo looks delicious. I haven't had the privilege of working with it yet.