Monday, February 11, 2008

The Last Cast



















Mission accomplished - Kaffe is back on track! I guess . . . it kind of looks like poo to me, but I'm sure blocking will do wonders! Right? I can't even really tell you what's going on - there's a bit of Whiskey, Felted Tweed, Drops Alpaca, Rowan Scottish Tweed, and bits of other things in there - and as for the pattern, I'm just winging it. A little light here, a little dark there - throw some medium in - it's kind of the way I cook (which is probably why my Super Bowl chili, while absolutely delicious, did cause some digestive havoc). It's quite the hodge podge. I took it off the needles, and with a good blocking, it's going to fit - I think. If not, it will be a great gift for my skinny sister-in-law.

And, I finished my Elizabeth Zimmerman Yoke Sweater. Can I tell you how warm and yummy this sweater is? And how EASY PEASY this sweater was to make. Start with some Cocoon, throw in some colorful Polar and Cascade 128 and voila! Originally, I was inspired by Kate's Cold Hearts Warm Hands Cardigan. I loved the yarnny yarn - nothing fancy, just natural wool, with natural colors. So, my original color palette was all Cocoon - Tundra (the main color), Chocolate, White, Beige, Light Grey, and Dark Grey. I don't know what came over me, but I actually swatched the fair isle on one of the sleeves, and decided that the colors were too subtle, and while I was trying to be au naturel, it needed some color to make it pop. We had some Polar in the sale bin (the pinky purple color), and I threw in some Cascade 128 in a magenta - and here it is - and it was so EASY. There's nothing like going round and round on 9's. And, it's the exact fit I was going for - oversized, but not ridiculously gigantic. I've been practically sleeping in it for 3 days.

Anyway, that's Mr. Tall standing next to me - as you can kind of see, I come up to about, oh, his shoulder - it's like walking next to a wall sometimes, but I'm getting used to it.




















I was so pleased with my first Knitting Workshop excursion, that I've started another EZ extravaganza. As I started talking about below, this is going to be a saddle shoulder sweater, with fair isle sleeves, and a solid body. While the finished project looks fanastic in my head, I haven't quite visualized how I'm going to get there - as you can see, I'm going to have decisions to make when I get to joining the sleeves to the body. Am I going to do Intarsia in the round - I've been carrying an article from Interweave around in my bag all week, but I'm too scared to look at it. Or, will there be one long float across the sleeve, that I'll tack down as I go across the row. Or, will I knit flat, and sew the saddles in. I don't know - right now, I'm leaning towards the long floats that are woven in as I knit.






















The sewing - that's run far behind in third - dreaded seams!

And, this Saddle Shoulder creation, my friends, is going to be the last thing I cast on this winter. I mean it, truly. I went through all of my unfinished projects, and while I'm not nuts enough to believe that I can get them all done - I've made a queue, and I'm determined to clear some of them out - Monster Manos Blanket, the Tangled Yoke cardigan, stalled midway through the second sleeve, Martha, in a holding pattern 3/4's of the way through the back, a slipstitch cardigan from Vogue that I started years ago, that is only 2 inches away from being finished, the Anemoi mittens, and the Frankenmitts. Oh, there are more - but that's the finishing pile - by June. Of course, there's always that Maryland Sheep and Wool excursion that could throw me from my course - but that's still a good bit away. And, since I did the Auto Show with Mr. Tall this weekend, and I don't drive, I think he will be doing MSW with me in May - and that will, alas, probably curb my spending. Well, not so probably, probably definitely . . .

14 comments:

Lisa said...

I confess that at the first quick glance I did think it was odd that you had posed so close to the wall! And then my focus sharpened and my brain stopped filling in misc info and I saw that it was in fact a person you were snuggled up to. Too bad that if Mr. Tall were included in the photo, we'd either lose half your sweater or his head!

EmilyG said...

Damn, that's a tall man!

LOVE the cocoon sweater!

Emily said...

Loving the finished sweater (and human wall looks good too). Both seem to really suit you!

I think the hodge-podge sweater is going to be appealing too. I need to find me some fair-isle to cheat on with my Kauni - when my ship comes in. (No, literally, waiting for our shipping form the UK).

Amy said...

I love your new sweater. And as for Mr. Tall, speaking as the 5'0" wife of a 6'4" husband, someday you'll realize that you don't even notice. I have a totally skewed perspective on height. After 15 years together, a short person must be shorter than me and a tall person has to be taller that him. That leaves a very large window of "normal"!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Love all of your projects, especially the Zimmerman. Beautiful.

dropstitchknitter said...

Gorgeous EZ Sweater. And the Saddle Shoulder in the making is just beautiful - love that cranberry color. Hello Mr. Tall's Left side!!!

Elysbeth said...

Great EZ sweater. Makes me want to paw through my stuff.

It'll be interesting to see how you solve the saddle intarsia. That's part of the fun...sorting out little techniques.

Macoco said...

Mr. Tall, really is tall! Not that I didn't believe you or anything. ;)

The EZ sweater is gorgeous. I love how you did matching colorwork on the sleeves.

Liz K. said...

I've been thinking that I needed a big, cozy sweater, loose-fitting, maybe some texture or color, but mostly neutrally-gray...yours is certainly inspirational!

Knitting Novice said...

Your sweater is gorgeous. You look so happy in the picture too!

Kessa said...

Love your finished sweater! All of your colorwork projects look great! I'm such a chicken when it comes to trying intarsia/fair isle. Oh, and Mr. Tall is seriously tall! Wow.

WandaWoman said...

I really like the EZ sweater you finished. The purple/pink and magenta colors really stand out against the neutral background, in a great way. I love what you're doing with the saddle shoulder sweater too. The colors look amazing next to each other.

Good luck with finishing your projects. It's amazing to me when we put down a project that's so close to being finished.

Andrea said...

I love how your sweater turned out. I can't wait to see it in person.

Carol said...

The Cocoon sweater is fab!