Sunburst over Grassland....my Brook, in Silkystones
|My "Brassy Kerchief" on Ravelry|
|With the leftovers from this small shawl, I knit a proper gauge swatch....|
And decided to knit the Brook cardigan from the Silkystones Collection. I liked the idea of a neat little cardi to wear over a top in the evening....or when you have to pop into one of those cold air conditioned stores in the heat of summer! It is hard to dress appropriately when it is blazing hot outside and freezing cold inside.....
No chance for that just yet....it is still quite cold here in Southern Ontario....and with most of the Great Lakes frozen, the forecast is for a cooler than normal Spring.....
Anyway, Brook was selected....but I didn't like the idea of those curved fronts....so I chose to go with straight fronts - as the button closure would naturally pull the fronts together and therefore a bit up.....
|Knitting went along just fabulously....this is a lovely yarn with some silk slubs here and there....and the colours in this Grassland shade are gorgeous!|
|Soon I was sewing up the underarm seams, and setting in the sleeves!|
|Everything was looking good....time for a bath in Soak.....|
Silk is fragile when wet, while being amazingly strong when dry....so when wet, handle with care. Once the sweater was in the "Soak", I just left it alone....a gentle pat just to make sure it was all in there. 15 minutes later, and I used my Soak bucket to pour out the water, holding the handles together with one hand while the other hand held the sweater still all scrunched up if you know what I mean....and I just pressed out as much water as I could like this....I tried not to let the sweater stretch at this point.
I say "stretch" because I actually did a test on a strand of this yarn.....measured it, marked it with stitch markers, washed it, dried it, and it DID NOT STRETCH!
The Knitted Fabric does grow....because the nice puffy stitches you have when you knit the garment flatten out and the fabric takes on a fabulous drape.
Two days it took on towels in the bath room.....but when dry, it's gorgeous and soft....and I just needed to add a button to the front.
|It's still cold and frightening in Southern Ontario....|
so hubby and I went in search of some Summer type weather...
to the Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, ON
where everything is nice and green....and Hot and Humid for the
|Sometimes you are surrounded by "flocks" of butterflies....and you have to stand still|
so that you don't hurt anyone!
The snow on the deck got away from us
during the "great power outage"
and eventually we had to just dig around the outside
to keep L&D from being able to get over the railings....
it was touch and go there for a while..
Daisy recommends that you visit...
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Silkystones is available in 6 gorgeous shades
want to see all 12 designs in the SilkyStones Collection?
Fellow Rowan Ambassadors Kristen and Konrad
are doing a Knit Together -
and used Silkystones for their first project!
(Read their blog posts for their experiences with Silkystones)
I'm LifeLackaDaisical on Ravelry, and you can find
my Sunburst over Grassland Project there!
LifeLackaDaisiCal on Facebook - where I do quick updates daily!
I seem to be in a green phase...could it be because I am so looking forward to Spring? Maybe....but as a red head, I wore green a lot as a child and I think have avoided it generally in my adult life.
But Green is the new Brown (for me) and I'm knitting with Rowan's Pure Linen right now!
More on that next time...
|oh...I forgot....why the project name "Sunburst over Grassland" ?|
- because of this....suggested by a Facebook friend!
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