Still in Love

Even after spending a lot of time knitting these days, I’m still in love with it.  I have so many ideas in my head for new designs, or for other people’s designs I want to make!  If only my hands worked faster so I could get more done.

Here are some progress photos.

Yesterday I blocked the back and one of the front pieces of my Smocked Cable Coat (link is to a nice youtube video showing the model).

If you remember from previous posts, I had to buy more yarn to finish the sweater because the back piece was sucking it up so quickly I knew I wouldn’t have enough to finish it.  I bought 4 skeins from the Loopy Ewe, which arrived very quickly, and I carried on alternating new/old skeins of yarn.  I started with that alternating at the point where the cables begin (looking from the bottom up).  Can you tell that I’ve done this?  Yes you can.  You can see that from the point of the cables the color is definitely grayer.  What am I going to do about it?  Absolutely nothing.  I think that wearing it in real life you won’t notice.  I had the same issue with the cardigan I made last summer using Madelinetosh Sock yarn in color Celadon.  I was ready to rip out the entire thing after looking at photos of it and seeing decided color changes.  But you know what?  Now when I wear it, and look in a mirror, I don’t notice at all.

I’m also busy working on a brioche blanket/afghan.  I’m about 3/4 finished with it.  It’s made in the round, starting with the center and working out.  Each round is so long now!  I’m making it with Madelinetosh DK yarn in colors Moorland, Lettuce Leaf and Lepidoptera.  The finish blanket will use 2 skeins of each color.  Here are some WIP photos, both the front (dark green dominant) and back (light green dominant).

front, brioche blanket
front, brioche blanket
back, brioche blanket
back, brioche blanket

Stay tuned for finished photos of both projects, and a published pattern for the brioche blanket.

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