Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Emley.....finally a FP!

FP = Finished Project!
Finally - yeah!

I have no idea why this took so long....but I do know that at certain points in a sweater project, I am liable to stall. Finished the body? Want to tweak that neckline just a touch? Just need to sit down and sew it together, finish off those ends? These are all points in a project where I sometimes just get paralyzed and can't move on.

With Emley, everything was done....body knit, seamed together, neckline finished! The sleeves were even knit! 

This is when the Emley stall happened....but I made a vow to finish this before I turned the calendar page this month....so here it is...I actually finished this on Sunday, March 22

It was really hard to take a photo of Emley with me wearing it...honestly....the way the yarn started to pool over my womanly bosoms! My husband loves it, says it is very flattering. Of course he would say this :)


When I am wearing it, I don't mind it at all. I guess from my vantage point I don't notice the figure hugging cables quite so much ! 

But when it came to the official "finished project" photo? It just seems those "things" were a bit too obvious for me!!!!  The pooling changed just as it reached this area...


Funny, but this happened at the exact same point on the sleeves too! Yes, both of them! I am not a student of planned pooling...but it seems there is a sweet spot and both the sleeves and the body somehow reached it at the same time, even when the stitch counts per row were drastically different.

I am wearing it right now...it is comfortable, the sleeves are just the right length, it is lovely and warm without being overpowering in the heat department.  (I have not had the desire to strip off and run out into the cold while wearing this today. You may laugh, but at my age, layers are a good way to enable a quick cool down when necessary!)

The pattern called for ribbed cuffs and neckline finish. This is the only change I made to the pattern - I did two rows of garter stitch on the sleeves and neckline to help all that hot air escape! :)

When I first starting knitting this shade, I have to admit I was a overwhelmed with the colour combinations used in this colour way. Although I still think the yellow could be a bit mellower, I do have to admit that I am getting used to it, and it certainly brightens up my day. :)

I am usually a bit of a detail person, a hands on have to manage everything type of gal...but I am NOT going to worry about this pooling stuff, it is all part of the unique hand dyed yarn experience! I am going to live in the moment and love this sweater, artsy pooling and all, just the way it is!

Emley - knit with Rowan's Fine Art Aran, in the shade Conga 545
from the "Simple Shapes Fine Art Aran Collection" by Sarah Hatton!

Finally a FP!


Rowan's Fine Art Aran...


Merino Wool (50%),
Kid Mohair (20%),
Alpaca (25%),
Mulberry Silk (5%)


There is NOTHING comparable to it on the market!

This yarn is pricey, yes it is! But it is unique and I LOVE IT!


"Each person knows their role and all of us are needed to make the hand-painting team work well.We emphasise the importance of personal quality control, of pride in skills and abilities and the continual striving for improvement."

This is an excerpt from a write-up from Rowan about their Fine Art yarns which are made in South Africa. You can read the whole story here.

Rowan have produced a lot of designs for this yarn and you can see them all by going to the Knitrowan.com web site, selecting Fine Art Aran, and clicking "see all patterns in this yarn".

OR, you can just click on this link :)  All patterns in Fine Art Aran!

There are a couple here that I'd really love to knit! One in particular, the Weekender Jacket by Martin Storey in his "Elegant Knits" book has caught my eye. I'd love to do that one some day, maybe in Flamenco 549 or perhaps Rowan will have new shades for us come the Fall/Winter 2015 season. 

My Seed Stitch Swatch cowl is the same shade of yarn.
You can see what a difference the texture of the Seed Stitch

does to the pooling of the yarn
compared to the stocking stitch body...
of my finished Emley!

That book I'm reading? The Devil's Edge by Stephen Booth. Just finished it tonight!

This is the 11th in the series in which local lad Ben Cooper joins the force in Derbyshire, where he grew up and still lives, and where everyone knew his father.

Here is a favourite passage... 

"Cooper was well aware that some people never looked up at the sky. It just didn't occur to them to step out at night into an empty landscape and gaze at the stars. It was no wonder they failed to keep their lives in proper perspective. Small things seems to take on an enormous significance for them. A momentary offence became a matter of life and death. An insult was the last straw. And the outcome could be disastrous. Tragic. If only they would all stop occasionally and look at the night sky, just take a few minutes to count the stars and reflect on the millions of solar systems they represented. The mind reeled at the immensity of the universe. The soul was humbled at an individual's insignificant place in it."

Take a moment and go out and look at the night sky!

Happy Knitting,

Anne
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Liquorice Delights!

a little touch of fair isle
as a "palate cleanser" in preparation for my next "big" project!
an adorable design by Carol Meldrum
in Felted Tweed and Rowan Tweed

Sheil Wrist Warmers, a free pattern on the Rowan web site!
(I shopped my stash and chose these shades, with no inspiration in mind)

The first one knit up really fast
and it seemed like no time at all and they were done!


(The pattern calls for them to be knit flat, then seamed.
I knit them in the round, on 4 double pointed needles!)

I realized that for some bizarre reason,
they reminded me of Liquorice Allsorts :)


How could I resist?


Seems purple is a popular shade!

Nails by Jamberry!
These are the "Reminisce" design and I sort of love them!

Have you tried Jamberry Wraps?
If you love having your nails done, but don't like the muss,
fuss and fumes of regular nail polish, you really need to try Jamberry!

You do them yourself, at home!

If you want to give Jamberry a try,
Renee is my Jamberry rep
and she'll fix you up, doesn't matter where you are :)
(I am in no way affiliated to Jamberry
except as a happy Jamberry user ! )

What's that on the mug you ask?

"She is too fond of books, &
 it has turned her brain."

Louisa M. Alcott


Time to cast on my main summer project!
More about that next time!

Until then,

Happy Knitting!

Anne,
with Lackie and Daisy at her feet :)