Monday, March 23, 2009

I love this vest in the Classic Elite Yarns Spring 2009 Round Pond pattern book.

And it just so happen to have 9 balls of Reynolds Soft Linen in my stash that I rescued from the sale bin at Unravel last Monday. It's not the same Soft Linen that the pattern calls for, but pretty close and would knit up into a nice summer garment.


I also have 6 100 yard skeins of this lovely stuff, gifted to me from a very dear friend via another dear friend. It's 100% wool from (guessing) the 60's or 70's and in one of the prettiest shades of purple I could ever wish for. hmmm... maybe a vest for fall?

Well I have plenty of time to think it over before it's time to start. I am currently working away on the Puff Sleeve Femme Cardigan I began last Friday, after my bout with cast on fever!

You know what I did? I ended up casting on the same old way I always have, the trusty long tail! and I also ended up going up one needle size for the cast on row, just like I always do, and it came out perfect. I was very happy! I got the best result when I used an aluminum needle just to do the cast on, then knit the first row onto my circulars. The aluminum is a bit more slippery than my circular plastic set and I think that friction was giving me the problem. The aluminum allows my cast on stitches to flow fluidly onto the needle.

I'm really happy with this pattern, too. I've only knit the collar and yoke so far, but I am finding Stefanie Japel's directions to be quite clear and easy to follow. I like how it's working up and I can see why everyone raves about her fabulous patterns!

Oh, can I talk about one more thing?
This weekend, Stefanie's going to be teaching at workshop at Unravel, the LYS where I work, for her Textured Circle Shrug from Glam Knits.

I won't be able to sit in on the class (because I'll be working) but at least I'll be able to hang out in the shop and see what everyone makes! You can contact Unravel for class times and price at (575) 647-1181.


Maryse said...

Lots of good thing going on for you! Enjoy and thanks for sharing!

vanessa.e. said...

thank you for reading :-)

gettingpurlywithit said...

Don't you feel lucky that you have all these beautiful materials, tools and books at your disposal???

And by the looks of it, you are using all of that to the fullest... So great to see that, Vanessa!


vanessa.e. said...

thanks nancy! I think the best part about working at the shop is all the wonderful knitters I get to sit and stitch with. they are quite a special bunch!!