the knitting

Didja see johanna’s comment to my last post?

“I don’t know Laura, your last minute attempt to throw in some knitting doesn’t convince me. You’ve gone to the other side. You are a spinner.”

Hey man, it ain’t all spinning up in here. Evidence:

Bamboo Chickami
Pattern: Chickami by Chicknits
Yarn: Southwest Trading Company Bamboo, “Chocolate”, less than 2 skeins!
Needles: Denise US 5 and 6
Started: June 27, 2005
Finished: July 18, 2005

I only had 2 skeins, so I made a size smaller than I’d usually do (34″ instead of 36″). It turned out well, if pretty darn fitted. I even had yarn left over…

…but not enough for me to have done the larger size. Oh, and I did the wide strap version. Bra strap issues, but I don’t care all that much. The yarn is weird; feels really soft on the ball but more scratchy knit up. I think wash and wear will help, and it’s really starting to grow on me, actually.

Oh, and I even started another project.

I’m calling it “Sapphire”. A tank of my own design out of Pingouin Sillages, which I assume is discontinued. It’s 50% cotton, 45% viscose, and 5% silk. Yummy colour. In an unprecedented move, I have since bought and switched to an Addi Turbo needle for this project – the bamboo was dragging. Why don’t I like Addis? Well, I find the tips too dull, they’re too slippery (so I don’t have control, and I knit looser as well), and I don’t like the noise. Oh, and they’re expensive. But, we’ll see. Maybe this will convert me or something. (Don’t worry Denise, I’ll always love you.)

And I finally bought buttons for Spencer.

See? Not a spinning thing in the bunch. But how about some dyeing?

“nectarine”, a nice soft wool blend.

Crazy bright merino that I bought (I didn’t dye it) from my trusty eBay seller.

Tomorrow: Stash addition.



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10 responses to “the knitting”

  1. Vicki Avatar

    The cami looks great, doesn’t look too small at all. I’m finding the same thing in using bamboo for clapotis. I do like the fabric it makes, but it isn’t what I expected. I love that blue yarn and the nectarine wool :)

  2. Dani Avatar

    Looks great Laura! Do you find the fabric warm? Or does it breath like cotton?

  3. Carolyn Avatar

    Love the cami…love it! The size is perfect on you. I’ve never used the bamboo yarn…maybe I better go get some!

  4. Jill Avatar

    Hey Laura, love the tank…maybe that’s what I should do with my pink bamboo and I have three so I could make a larger size…. It looks great on you!

  5. Dragonridermom Avatar

    Laura – it was serendipity that you only had two balls and were forced to make the smaller size, because that cami fits you to perfection!! Great job, your stitches look so nice and even. Is the bamboo easier to knit than cotton?


  6. Diana Avatar

    Cute chickami! I really like it with the wide straps, it totally changes the tank, in a good way :-)

  7. marichan Avatar

    Your chickami looks really great! It fits well and the color is nice.

  8. Vicki Avatar

    Love your chickami – I think the fit is perfect!

  9. Bonne Marie Avatar

    WOWIE wowie WOW! That is one good lookin’ ChicKami!

    I’m lovin’ that you used the Bamboo yarn too – I’m dying to try it –

    Beautiful work, Laura – it fits you wonderfully!

  10. Wanda Avatar

    The ChicKami out of Bamboo yarn is beautiful. I love the color you chose as well as the wide straps. Good work. It fits very well.

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