Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cape*** finally

Norah Gaughan's Cropped Cardi
Pattern source: Winter 06/07 Vogue Knitting
Yarn: 100% Alpaca from Campolmi Roberto Filati in Florence, Italy
Needle: 5.00mm Addi Turbo
Comments: Finally! I almost gave up on this cardigan and would've put it in the deepest corner of my closet if not for the constant motivation I got from other knitters who modified it with great results.
My modification went like this, remove pentagons #1 and #7, sew collar band to the bottom row of pentagons instead of top. Pretty straightforward, really. And blocking it really made a great improvement. I'm loving the stand-up collar too, cute, no?
My only complaint would be that the yarn is too itchy for me to wear next to my skin. I just recently realised how sensitive my skin really is, no mohair(not even KSH), no alpaca, even wool is a little itchy. Only merino seems to be okay. Still, I can always layer up and look cool!
What do you think?

Two-tone Ribbed Shrug
Pattern Source: Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needle: 5mm and 3.5mm circular
Comments: My first FO from the book! I'm happy with how it turns out, though initially I wasn't too sure about my colour choice. The pattern was easy to follow and quick to knit, even though it was A LOT of ribbing. I don't think I'll be wearing it a lot though, since the yarn feels a bit rough on my skin. Washing it did make it softer, but still not soft enough. I do love working with Cascade 220 though, it was nice and squishy ;) I still have a lot in my stash waiting to be knit.

That shrug definitely won't be my last project from the book. As you know I'm knitting the textured tunic from the cover too, and I'm done with the body. The thing is, I put it on and it looks hideous on me! It's not even the colour, but I'm now convinced that tunic doesn't look good on my body. So I'll be frogging it and make it normal length instead with short sleeves . Other than that I also cast on for the Puff-sleeved feminine cardigan. Main reason being I have the yarn in my stash after ripping this(Jemima, 3rd picture, pattern from Anna at Fashionable Life). The yarn is Knitpicks Merino Style "Rhubarb" that I bought back in 2005. I'm not too sure why I picked that colour, I'm convinced you can spot me from miles away when I'm wearing it. Anyway, the knitting is going really slow with the small gauge, but I'm enjoying it a lot! And that's what knitting is all about, right?


bradyphrenia said...

i love both your FOs. your capecho turned out quite nice. i should really think about finishing mine.

Queen Frogger said...

Your shrug and cardigan are great! That cardigan sounded so hard to knit. Well done on sticking at it.

Knittypants said...

Cute, both of them. Your mods to the capecho have really made it work out well.

Mimi said...

How nice to have two FOs and they are both fitting you so well! I like that you modified the capecho to be fitted in the botton. It's an original design.
You also look so cute with the shrug and the orange border stands out nicely.
I kind enjoy knitting with thin yarns, though it takes long time. By the end, it's always worthy!

opportunityknits said...

Oh you really showed those pentagons who's boss! It fits great now. I just love that contrast on your shrug, it goes so well with that black T. And if you can't wear itchy wool there's always cashmere :) Have you seen the sublime cashmere-merino yet? It is very soft.

Peggy said...

They are both cute. I love how you mixed the yellow/orange with th black. It's really cute!

nona said...

Wow, you've been seriously knitting recently! I admire your stick-to-it-ness with the pentagon cropped cardi. All your hard work paid off!

Sachi said...

I ADORE the 2-tone shrug!!!

katey said...

Hi, Your modification to this came out great! I just finished knitting my first sleeve and tried it on and it was so so big. I want to try that modification you made, what I am wondering is, did you have to frog the entire thing? Or could you pull out just Pentagrame one and seven and have it work?c