Thursday, June 08, 2006

Summer Knitting

Summer is here but I'm honestly not feeling the summer knitting. I've got tweedy wool sweaters and double knit mittens on the brain. Why? Well, maybe there was a sale on eBay and maybe I bought 4 packs of Yorkshire Tweed. I'm weak. But it's so gorgeous and tweedy and the colors are right up my alley. I may have bought a bunch of 4-ply cotton too but I'm not feeling it as much. I'm currently knitting this:

It looks like a heap of not much at the moment all scrunched up with edges rolling but it's actually the Saffron cotton cardi from Rowan mag #25 in Olive. The pattern calls for 25 cm before the armhole shaping but that only brings it to about my belly button. Cute on the 5'10 120 pound model - probably not the look I'm going for. I want it to come almost to the top of my jeans with a little tank underneath so I'm thinking 29cm would do it. What do you all think - good idea? bad idea? I don't want to make it too frumpy but I don't want it to be showing off love handles or anything like that. There isn't any waist shaping so making it longer might make it "boxy"...definitely not what I'm going for. Hmmm...

So while I debate Saffron's length, I've been reading: Favorite Mittens: Best Traditional Mitten Patterns from Fox & Geese & Fences and Flying Geese and Partridge Feet. I devoured every word of it this week and I never do that with pattern books. But this is not just a pattern book, it's filled with local knitting history and stories about the patterns and who knit them traditionally and how there are only a handful of people who still remember how to make a particular pattern. PLUS it's all traditional stuff from Maine and the Atlantic Provinces not some far flung corner which makes me doubly happy. I eat this kind of stuff up - detail about how people lived in the "old" days really gets me going - throw knitting into the mix and I can't look away. It reminds me of a couple of my favorite books Them Times and Tales from WillowShade Farm.

And those books remind me of some of the old journals out at Brad's family farm. It seems that all of the men kept little journals - just about the size of my knitting notebook and wrote a couple of lines in them everyday - and never more than a couple of lines regardless of what was going on. These go way back to the 1800s and early 1900s and are mostly fairly mundane things about the weather but every now and then you hit upon an entry like "Fenian uprising today. Went down to the shore with guns". And that's it. There is no further detail given and it's not mentioned again. I can blather on for 2 paragraphs about some sock that I'm knitting and they shoot off a two-liner for what certainly sounds like a fairly significant event. They kill me. I want to know everything. I also want to make every single pair of mittens in that book...who cares if the sun is shining and the rhododendron is blooming, I'm feeling the need to cast on some mittens.


Blogger Samantha said...

I love the cardi ... it looks great. Do you have a picture of what the FO is going to look like?

Mittens? In June? Go for it! You know they'll be ready for the winter at least. :)

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Janine said...

The cardi looks great - I know what you mean about changing things so they look good on you rather than the tall over skinny model. I have lost count of the number of patterns I have had to pass over because I know that once I have knitted it I will never wear it!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

I also would love to see a picture of the cardi from Rowan. I love the pattern of it so far and would like to see what the finished sweater is supposed to be.
Your flowers are blooming, not here, and no sunshine either!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Cute! I love the pattern the fabric is putting out. Can't wait to see the finished garment. Now about those journals... I would end up making stories up about what they wrote. :D "Fenian uprising today. Went down to the shore with guns" could become a complete historical romance by the time I was done ;)... We'lll hav eto get together next week once I'm back home.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

This must be related to the "Saffy" cardi in the Denim Style book - the patterning is the same. Both Hargreaves designs, I presume. Eitherway, it is lovely!

I have been itching to work on some mittens lately too... of course, they won't get any wear till December or January, but I just got this new book...

Have a good weekend, V!

11:57 AM  
Blogger profbookwurmknits said...

love the pattern
i always think of patterns
as just one element of the
inspiration to knit
i always make changes
cannot wait to see the completed

i am also knitting wool
love the texture

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Kim Chisholm said...

Vicki, I had no idea this was your blog until you posted the pic of your the sweater with you in it! Then I remembered some knitting talk we had way back at ITI! I'm in the process of posting new pics on my crafting/knitting blog - I'll send the link when I get it updated.
Love all your projects!

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Kim Chisholm said...

where do you find all this lovely yarn?

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Becky said...

What a beautiful stitch pattern!

11:33 PM  

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