what’s that yarn?

Sorry to keep you guys in suspense! I really thought I’d written that I’m using my handspun for the top-down cardigan from my last post – I dyed it as well. It’s a two ply merino, and I’m just hoping to have enough for a sort of croppedish cardi with maybe half or three-quarter length sleeves. I’ve got about 2.5 skeins, and I used 1 whole one for the yoke.

I’m not sure whether this one will be written up, although I am considering working up a TDR spreadsheet that would give you numbers for your own sweater based on your gauge and measurements. We’ll see! There’s so many other TDR resources out there, so I don’t want to be redundant!

I’ve got just way too much on the needles these days, I knit and knit and don’t feel like I’m ever getting anything done! Case in point, this sweater:

bottom-up set in sleeve?

(It’s darker than in the photo.) It’s a bottom-up, seamless set-in sleeve cardigan a la EZ (Knitting Workshop) in Handmaiden Casbah. I used silver grey yarn for the inside of the hem and chocolate brown for the rest of the sweater.

a new sweater project

The body is done and the yoke is alllllmost done. I’ve stalled out a bit because I need to think for a few minutes on how to proceed on the back neck. I cast on the sleeves provisionally and joined them for the yoke after about an inch – since I’m unsure how far my yarn will go and I don’t want to run out in the yoke! So after the yoke is done I’ll pick up the sleeve stitches and work them back down to the cuffs.

The thing about this sweater is that it’s a seasonal one – I’m planning to do just a couple (probably one big and two small) snowflakes on the shoulder. As you can see, there’s nothing there yet, because I tried using intarsia and it looked like ass. The design is just too sparse and non-block-like to keep the edges neat. So duplicate stitch it is!

But the snowflakes mean I really should finish this one in the next two weeks or so for maximum wearbility. I’ll wear it in January and February too, but before Christmas would be nice.

whoa, time warp

How is it Sunday already? I swear it was just Wednesday.

Despite a touch of ambivalence towards some of my projects, I’ve been fibre-ing up a storm around these parts.

Knitting a top-down raglan cardigan along with my sweater class students:

handspun tdr

It might be a Christmas present, we shall see (I’m sorely behind on that, but more on that another day). I’ve got tons of other projects but had fewer photos than I thought! I’ve still got to finish up those Cedar socks, which are up to the toe on the second sock – so right at the finish line, really! I’m trying to get back to some neglected projects that would speed along if I just worked on them. I’ve got a couple of new projects in mind too, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day, y’know?

I’ve also been weaving up a bunch of new scarves and things for my etsy shop – look for an update this week (of course I’ll blog about it). I’m aiming to have a good handful to put up, then maintain a rate of a couple a week for the while leading up to you-know-what.

i really do love weaving

This time I’m doing some narrower scarves along with wide ones, some that are a bit chunkier, and some with handspun. Fun fun! And a great way to use single skeins in my stash!

perimeter skirt

Thanks to everyone who donated for the poppy pattern – I got about $40, so with my own donation I’m sending in a cheque to the Legion for $50. Poppies aren’t supposed to be worn after the 11th (they’re supposed to be placed on the memorial) but keep yours for next year or make some in different colours for a cute flower pin!

Perimeter skirt - joining ridge

So, finally, I’ve gotten together the pattern for the Perimeter Skirt – it’s been pattern central around here these days! I know some of you have been waiting for this one for a long while, so here ya go!

Perimeter skirt

(In case you’re wondering, my sweater is my take on the Treeline Striped Cardigan, worked in Shelridge Farm W4 + kidsilk haze.)

Perimeter Skirt

Bored of the same old skirt style? Break out of the mold with the Perimeter skirt! This easy to knit, easy to wear skirt is knit in a continuous strip that winds around the body and creates an A-line shape. Flowy, carefree hemp yarn provides tons of drape and style. The elastic waistband feels great and looks great, too! Wear it with tights in the winter or let your legs free in the summer. The Perimeter skirt goes anywhere you do!

Sizes
Finished Full Hip Measurement: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) inches.
Approximate Finished Waist Measurement 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) inches
Waist is elastic and can be adjusted. Sizing is flexible; try on the skirt as you go!
Approximate Length: 27 inches

Materials
Hemp for Knitting AllHemp6 LUX (100% hemp; 130m/143 yd per 100g skein); colour 059, caper;
5 (6, 7, 8, 10) skeins.
5 mm/US 8 circular or straight needles, any length
4 mm/US 6 24- or 32-inch circular needles (60-80 cm), depending on size being made
tapestry needle
3/4” elastic to go around waist

Perimeter skirt

Gauge
20 stitches and 28 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in stockinette stitch on 4mm needles

Pattern Notes
The main body of the skirt is worked as a strip of fabric, knit back and forth on straight or circular needles. Once the initial strip is completed, the following tiers are attached as they are knit, resulting in a spiral which wraps around the body. Decreases along one edge of the stripe in the final tier allow the top of the skirt to be straight. The waistband is then picked up and knit around the top edge, providing a casing for waistband elastic.

Note that this yarn changes character significantly after machine washing and drying, becoming much
softer and more fluid. It also grows considerably, so make a generous swatch and wash it in the machine before starting this project.
If substituting wool, choose a light worsted or worsted weight yarn with good drape. A version of this skirt in wool will be much more elastic.

To Buy

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$6.50 CAD

Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.

Perimeter skirt cast on edge