Wow, I have been gone for a bit. Best of intentions on doing a blog post, but I have failed.
I am back for a bit in between making the yarn pretty and my secret project and knitting my first top down sweater! I am also doing it in a new Yankee Dyer base, Yankee Worsted. It has a lovely hand this yarn and I have been in love while knitting the sweater. The pattern is from Tanis Gray and it is called Market Jacket. Like I said, this is my first experience with a top down construction and I found the directions to be a bit vague. But with help of another more experienced knitter, success can be had. My helper and I made some mods to the pattern. As the yarn-over increases looked pretty, they didn’t provide the structure I thought the sleeves needed. We also opted for a long-tail cast-on instead of a provisional cast-on as this will give the collar more stability and I am making the sleeves longer. I adore how this has come out so far. I have reached the garter edging and am a row away from binding off. Here is a picture of me trying it on yesterday to check the length. I have added and 1.5 garter edge to this length. As soon as I bind off and before the sleeves are done, I will be blocking the body and opening up the lace and cables.
I just adore the color and have named it Chai Latte. Yankee Worsted in 100% wool and spit splices like a dream. I see another in a Charcoal color perhaps!
I am still working on the mate to that lonely sole of a sock and am making progress. I am at the gusset and should be turning the heel while this sweater is blocking.
I also have to tell you that this is my “Baseball Play-Off Sweater”. I am a HUGE Red Sox fan and the playoffs with Detroit were long and boring for the most part and this sweater just flew off the needles. It also flew off my lap for several grand slams. I love October baseball, especially when the Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series. Maybe I should start a sweater for that?? Oh the possibilities!!
See you after the blocking!!