So, I’ve been a busy knitter these last two weeks. I finished the Waterlily a week ago and then started working intensively on the Brolly shawl. However, the rows are getting pretty long by now and every row there are two more stitches increased so it takes longer and longer to finish a row. I am at 320 stitches now and still have a 100 to go, but that’s only 50 more rows BEFORE I can start the border…I decided to take some time away from it to work on other projects.
After seeing a couple of pretty Seaside Sundae blankets on Ravelry I got very excited to make my own. When I first saw it I wasn’t very interested in it because I don’t really care for the colors they use in the magazine. But colors are of course a matter of taste and seeing the other two blankets made me give it another look. I decided to make this blanket for my mom since her birthday is coming up and therefore I chose green as the main color since that is her favorite. The color combination reminds me of the ocean and I am quite happy with it. Also, my mom is not a big fan of random (which is how I think the triangles in the pattern are arranged) so I decided to make it more orderly. Also the outermost border will be only one color. I have decided to make it 2 rows longer so I expect it to be ca. 125 cm instead of 104 cm. So far I have completed 10 squares of the 60 that I have to make. The yarn is Drops Merino Extra Fine and luckily they it is currently on sale with 35% off.
I had some leftover silk from my Waterlily and I have been crocheting bow ties from it. Each tie is only a few grams so I will probably have enough for 8-10. I still have to sew them together and add the central piece. But I like the way they look.
I am going to try to add a regular post on this blog. I will call it “On my Needles” and I plan to show my knitting and crochet WIP. I do not know if this will be a weekly thing or just random, we’ll see.
Right now I am working on two knitting projects. The first is the Waterlily top from PomPom quarterly issue 8. It is knit in soft silk from BC garn in grey. The yarn is very lovely, it has lots of character and texture and I am sure that the top will feel great to wear. I have never knit a garment in silk before but thought I would wear it more in summer rather than a top made of wool. I guess I could have made it in cotton but it did not occur to me when I was choosing the yarn. I have almost finished the top, I only have the lace part of the front left and then the usual finishings. The second project is from the same issue of PomPom. It is the Brolly shawl knit in thin wool from Geilsk. The yarn they use in the magazine is Swedish and a bit of a bother to buy if you do not live there. The yarn from Geilsk is Danish but has the same yardage and wight and also comes in a wide range of colors. It is easily accessible for me since it is sold in an online store here in Germany so I chose that instead. I love the colors. This is a very easy and mindless knit, perfect for on the go. I usually have it with me when I am on the train and also when I take my boys to the playground.
Here is another make from PomPom magazine. This is the Fieldwork Cardigan from last years summer issue (issue 5). It’s funny how long it can take to start a project. In this case I already had the yarn when I got the magazine last May but I only got myself to start this March. I took the project with me on vacation and had plenty of time to knit so it went quickly. I finished the four panels in about two weeks, but was not able to block the pieces and stitch them together until I got home. Then I also knit the garter stitch borders and finished. I used Merino Singles from Lioness Arts in the colorway “Seeing other People” which is a deep shade of red, very pretty. I actually won the yarn in a PomPom KAL last spring. I got two 100 gram skeins and used almost all of it for the cardi. I think it was a very nice paring. The yarn is excellent to knit with and feels high quality.
The construction of this cardigan is unusual and I know there has been some confusion about it. First of all it is knit from the side in four panels: right back, left back, right front and left front. The two back panels are grafted together and then the front pieces are sewn to the back pieces which means there are two sleeve seams, one on upper arm and one on the underarm as well as side seams. This is a lot of seams on my opinion ( I am a lover of seamless knits) and makes the construction complicated. Before seaming the panels together you have to block them “to measurements” as it says in the pattern. I found this confusing, since the measurements given in the pattern are that of the finished garment which has borders that add to its length and width. I would have found it better to have a figure or table with measurements of only the panels.
The Wave Lace pattern is relatively easy, a repetition of 4 rows over seven stitches so once you get the hang of it the knitting is a breeze. Also because the four panels are very similar, it feels like you are knitting the same thing four times and by the time I started the fourth panel I had gotten a little bored. However, I followed the pattern to the dot, with one exception. I decided to graft the pack pieces together before blocking since it felt unsafe to do it with lots of open stitches, even though they were on a thread.
The PomPom magazine makes sure to write all their pattern is the same style. It is clear and precise, they explain every special method at the beginning of the pattern and they always indicate if you are working from the right side (RS) or the wrong side (WS). I find this very helpful and missing in many patterns. You also know what to expect if you make many of PomPoms garments . However in the Fieldwork cardigan pattern there are many mistakes regarding the precision and things that were overseen. Some of the mistakes have been corrected in the errata, but not all of them and not clearly enough. This is especially obvious towards the end of the pattern where all descriptions get very short. In the sewn cast of it is not indicated from which side it is and the stitches in the button holes do not add up. At least to my best knowledge it should say:
Buttonhole Row(RS): Sl 1,k to last 7 sts, work One Row Buttonhole over 5 sts, p1. In spite of this, the cardigan is a beautiful garment and I am very happy with my make. It is pretty and perfect to complement flowy (summer)dresses. I have talked about my love of PomPom magazine before and they continue to amaze me with their beautiful designs and I am very exited to get the next copy in only a few weeks 🙂