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Super Speedy Knitting

For my birthday in November, Seth bought me a subscription to the Twisted Shawlette Club (Twisted is a yarn shop up in Portland). I received my first shipment on March 1st and cast-on a few days later on the 4th! I finished this project about a week ago, but it’s been so rainy here that today was the first opportunity I’ve had to get pictures. This knit up super quick, and of course now I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in May!

Pattern: Springtide by Debbie Stone

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Seduction (a 50/50 merino/tencel blend)

Modifications: Absolutely none! The pattern was well-written and easy to follow and I love that the center of the garter stitch section of the shawl features a lace panel. It made the knitting interesting without being too fussy.

This was my first time knitting with a merino/tencel blend and I was surprised at how much I liked it! It behaves similarly to merino/bamboo blends and has a lovely sheen and drape to it.

Shawlettes are the perfect spring accessory, aren’t they?

I also have another FO to share that I made for my MIL for her birthday!

Pattern: Cabled Keyhole Scarf by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Elenya Alpaca/Merino in I’ve Traveled the World and the Seven Seas

Mods: None! This was a great little accessory pattern that is quick to knit and the result is quite satisfying! I’ve been meaning to knit one of these for some time now, and my MIL’s birthday was the perfect excuse.

I’ve been blogging once a week over on the Stash blog, too…so go check it out!

Have a great weekend!

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Pattern: Julissa by Vanessa Smith

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo in Bohemian Blue

Modifications: My modifications were mostly based on my differing gauge and tailoring the pattern for my body. My gauge was 20sts/4 inches instead of 18sts/4″, so I went through the entire pattern and changed the stitch counts to accommodate for my difference in gauge. Instead of 3 waist decreases, I only did 2 and then did 2 increases for the hips instead of 3. I probably could have done all 3, but I didn’t want it to be too tight around the middle. For the sleeves I picked up a few extra stitches and made them about an inch shorter than the pattern called for.

sigh. I’m in love with Plucky Primo. Primo is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend (75/20/5) that has amazing stitch definition and is totally cozy. The cables really pop, which I love, and the fabric is perfect for a sweater. And of course, the color is gorgeous. I picked up this yarn during Sock Summit last summer and had been searching for the perfect sweater for months! Then, Julissa was published and I knew it would be a perfect fit. I did have a little trouble when I went to knit the sleeves. The 6 skeins that I had weren’t a perfect match, and I ended up ripping out about 6 inches of sleeve knitting because the skein I was using was obviously lighter in color. Thankfully, I knew I had extra yarn and would be able to finish the sweater without using that skein. Unfortunately, the sweater was put in the “time-out” pile for a while before I was able to move past the sadness of having to rip out several hours worth of knitting! But, it was well worth it in the end since I LOVE the finished sweater.

The pattern was exceptionally well-written (as are all of Vanessa’s patterns) and had some really nice touches. One of these being that Vanessa left a spot for notes, which I fully utilized! Since I was doing a little math to change the stitch counts, it was nice to have a place right on the pattern to draw out a little diagram and plan my changes. She also had a good reminder about writing down which cable round you ended on before splitting for the sleeves! While I probably could have figured it out from reading my knitting, it was nice to have it written down so that I could dive right into sleeve knitting. Vanessa has some really lovely patterns, and I’ll definitely be knitting more of them!

I honestly couldn’t be happier with this sweater!

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