Belfour and Boden

I have a couple of new spring patterns available from Harrisville Designs, part of the Lakehouse Collection. Both are knit in Harrisville’s Silk & Wool, a DK-weight yarn with a cool pebble-y texture and great yardage. The patterns are available through both Harrisville and Ravelry.

harrisville-belfour-tee

The Belfour Tee is worked seamlessly from the top down, mostly a circular yoke construction with a few raglan increases at the bottom of the yoke for a better fit. Short rows are used between the increase rounds to lower the front neck comfortably. The body works up really quickly in the round, with some side waist shaping that you could easily adjust for a smaller or larger waist – or just work straight for a casual boxy fit. The short sleeves, hem and collar are all edged with seed stitch.

Fave, queue and buy Belfour on Ravelry.

harrisville-Boden-cardigan

The Boden Cardigan is worked the opposite way round – from the bottom up, with raglan sleeves worked in the round. The simple acorn lace pattern is worked in panels on the fronts and back, with stockinette sections at the sides to make the waist shaping easy. The three-quarter-length plain sleeves are great for covering your arms just enough without getting in the way! This is a great basic that can be dressed up or down, the kind of cardigan I wear every day.

Fave, queue and buy Boden on Ravelry.

merino silk 3ply handspun closeup

I finished spinning and plying up this merino/silk roving from Woolgatherings, and I love it! I was trying to get a thicker worsted-ish weight 3 ply, and I think I succeeded, though I won’t know for sure until I knit it up. I’m definitely going to be keeping this skein for myself! The colours were so beautiful in the braid, so I chain plied the singles to keep the colours in long runs. 50% merino wool, 50% silk, 275 yds / 4oz.

merino silk chain plied handspun

Snowy April

Apparently April has been the snowiest month of this winter, here in TO! I just saw some hail falling, too. Yeeesh.

sweetfibermilkweed

I’ve been working on an XL version of my Milkweed Shawl pattern – which originally came out in 2008. That’s seriously an AGE in digital knitting patterns! It needs some new photos and layout to freshen it up, and I’ve been meaning to do a larger version for years. I’m actually striping 2 different colourways of Cashmerino 20 from Sweet Fiber Yarns – I had bought 2 different ones by accident, but they look great together and blend really nicely. I’m at the point now where I’m starting to worry about running out of yarn…here’s hoping I don’t have to rip back again.

WGmerinosilk

I hadn’t spun in weeks, but got back to the wheel this past weekend. This 50/50 merino/silk from Woolgatherings on Etsy is so soft, and the colours are just gorgeous. I split the top vertically into 2 pieces and am spinning each one separately, then I’ll chain ply to preserve the colours. I really wanted this yarn to be a heavier than my “default” thickness (which is pretty thin), so I’m aiming for about a worsted-weight 3 ply.

caterpillargreen

Despite all the other work I’ve got going (and the fact that I have only 2 hands, dammit) I couldn’t resist winding this awesome yarn from Caterpillar Green in Vancouver, in Blue Light. I wind a lot of yarn by hand these days because I can’t be arsed to set up the swift and ball winder, but it was worth it to see how this yarn stripes up! It’s designed to stripe nicely for top-down, triangular shawls, but of course I’m thinking of a light spring cardigan. At a whopping 600 yards, this skein might just be enough for a little topper. Stay tuned…

jamcookies

This week’s cookie is Jam Thumbprints from Love and Olive Oil, spurred on by the several half-full jars of homemade jam in the fridge! They’re filled with raspberry, blueberry, and meyer lemon marmalade. They’re pretty, tender, and way too easy to eat!

Here’s hoping Spring is actually spring-ing where you are.

Fits and Starts

I got a new jumbo plying head for my spinning wheel, and finally got to trying it out this weekend. It’ll definitely take some getting used to, and it takes quite a bit of muscle to keep it going!

plying-head

Fiber is another Targhee Top from FatCatKnits that I bought at Rhinebeck. The jumbo flyer pulls quite a bit, so it might be more suitable for thicker yarns than this one – I had a bit of trouble getting enough plying twist. But I think a good bath and roughing up will even things out and plump up the yarn. Here’s the finished skein, not washed yet:

snowy-targhee

garter-tdr

I’ve gotten down to the waist of my garter stitch wrap cardigan, though you certainly can’t tell from this blob!

grey-sock

For some simple knitting to keep in my purse, I started a new pair of socks for Dale – I didn’t knit him any new ones this winter and the older ones are getting worn out. Unfortunately I can’t remember what yarn this is, and there were no tags! I’m pretty sure it’s naturally dyed, and I got it at TNNA some years ago. It’s got a nice tight twist that should make for hardwearing socks.

checked-sleeve

My colourwork raglan has been joined for the yoke, finally! The rounds are getting shorter, and I’m nearly to the top now. I keep going back and forth on what I’m going to do with the neck, but I should really get that sorted now.

Last week:
colourwork-yoke-join

Today:
colourwork-raglan