Wanna’ Know a Secret?

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 cap1227398n 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?

23 comments on “Wanna’ Know a Secret?

  1. AlisonH says:

    Look at that! Congratulations! (Walks away humming “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone”…)

  2. km says:

    Oh that’s so pretty…and so fun to be featured. Way to go. I can totally see wanting your sample back to wear…I want to knit one of these…

  3. gaylen says:

    Oh honey that is fabulous. Now what was all the fuss about? It’s absolutely wonderful. I’m going to go check out their photos now. Love it 🙂 g

  4. grace says:

    totally beautiful enjoy the fame being on Elann creates!!!

  5. Sue says:

    Very nice and good color, too. I think I have finally settled on a shawl pattern and am now looking for yarn. I have a pretty good sized stash of yarn, but I never have the right yarn for whatever new project I decide on. Why is that?

    This weekend I’ll be doing all the things I didn’t do last weekend.

  6. Darcy Watts says:

    See that you have a wonderful talent sp lovely such wonderful news I’m heading over there right now:)(((Hugging You)))) Darcy

  7. Alicia says:

    Beautiful! I love secret surprises!

  8. Cynthia says:

    Lol, it takes me 2 days to get up the desire to finish a single square and your talking about producing a pair of baby booties by tomorrow…I can’t win!!

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    Ooooh! That’s so pretty! Gorgeous work. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the little booties. I got my first look at the newest addition to our family and I’m going to wait a bit to knit for him. He’s TINY! lol

  10. Robin in VA says:

    Very pretty!!!!

  11. p3knitter says:

    Love that color! And the pattern is so pretty.

    Yeah – booties are always good.

  12. Sue J. says:

    Woohoo!! Good for you, Kiddo!! Congratulations on a beautiful FO. It’s gorgeous!

  13. Anita says:

    Now aren’t you just pleased as punch to see it up on the elann site?! It’s just beautiful!!

  14. So excited for you! What a gorgeous piece of knitting!

  15. Woot! Now I know another superstar. Try to enjoy your weekend, showers or no.

  16. Cathy says:

    It’s beautiful, Chan! Wow.

  17. KSee says:

    I just luv it. The color and pattern. I can’t beleive the people I know who are ‘famous’. Way to go girl!

  18. Krystle says:

    What a great project! The yarn sounds wonderful, and it looks more challenging than you make it sound. Congrats… Have fun with the booties, I have been making baby stuff a lot lately and they make for a very quick knit.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Criquette says:

    That is just freakin’ fabulous! You did a great job with it. Congrats!

  20. StarSpry says:

    It’s beautiful!! Congrats on having it featured on Elann.com 🙂

  21. fireflynights says:

    As you know I managed to find this on Elann’s website before you posted about it. This is a lovely pattern and you did a great job. I think it would look good knitted into an even longer capelet.

  22. Nichole says:

    Gorgeous!!!!!! I hadn’t realized that they actually return the sample to you as well as the store credit… NICE! 🙂

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