Back in February, I began making excuses for not knitting hiding behind a veil of secret knitting. There’s more still happening that should be happening, but the BIG secret can be seen HERE. For today anyway (well, since earlier this week to date), it can also be seen on the “front page” of Elann.com!
It’s not as pretty as their photos, but MJ was good enough to model it for me before I shipped it off. I knew from Anita‘s experience last fall that it might be a while before I saw my work again.
Project: Firsts Moebius Capelet
Pattern: Candace Eisner Strick’s Moebius Capelet. It can be found a couple of different places, but Elann sent me the Spring/Summer 2006 Vogue. The moebius cast-on is a little challenging per the pattern, but I found good ol’ Cat Bordhi on YouTube and suddenly, everything made sense. After that wee moebius neckline, you switch to the bigger needles and the thing just flies off the needles. That is, as long as you like the picot bind-off, which I simply adore.
Yarn: Elann’s own Soie Lin in Provencal Blue. It’s a nice go-with-everthing shade, and I do hope my sample is returned in time for me to enjoy it a few times this summer, but I am going to use my store credit to order more for a yet to be determined project in garnet. I also love chartreuse, but know that’s got too much yellow in it for me to wear near my face.
The yarn is a silk-linen blend, in case you aren’t great with French. I hated knitting with pure linen a couple of summers ago, but since this is 70% silk, the linen merely keeps the yarn for slipping all over the needles. It is splitty, but that doesn’t bother me much.
Needles: I used my trusted Addi Turbo Lace #1 for the neck (I think… not being able to use Ravelry’s project page created some memory lapses, but whatever the pattern called for, I used.)
The body was done on a #6 circ, because gauge mattered and particularly with anything with a few yarnovers (aka: lace), I’m a loose knitter. Can’t recall which needles, but I suspect it was the Knitpicks Options in one tip or the other.
Verdict: A couple of you know I had the devil of a time getting started on this project, but once I figured it out, I really enjoyed everything about it, except that it was over too soon. I’ll definitely use the yarn again, and I am teaching a workshop on moebius for my knitting guild. I’d do the pattern again too, if the circumstances required it.
That brings us to the weekend. There’s a baby shower I can’t get out of tomorrow, and I’m making a great, quick, practical pair of booties. (Says the child-free one. But I did thrust the first FO of the pair in the hands of a dad with a newborn and an older toddler, and he says they’re far better than socks, especially for the summer. Because he was too polite to ask for a pair [or ten] for his baby, he’ll get at least a couple of pairs.)
That’s really it, I believe, but you can bet there will be some car shopping, unless I throw up my hands and quit. I’ll post later about the Knight’s drive-by veto session last night.
What’s up for your last weekend of May?