FO Friday: A Scholarly Cardi

I told you earlier that I had finished this sweater, and I have!  Maybe a few days after I had originally told you I had though…I’d forgotten that I needed to knit and sew the band piece (kind of an integral part of the design, no?).  But! It is still done and it is purty 🙂IMG_8883

This yarn was totally fabulous to work with and made knitting the sweater fun!  I love the deep purple color and the slight halo it gives.

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I don’t get to keep this version, it’s going have a life at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, where it can be loved and petted and tried on by many a knitter.IMG_8884

Pattern: A Scholarly Cardigan

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino

Mods: None.IMG_8879

Joining up with Tami!  What did you finish this week?  At least the week is finished, so even if your crafts didn’t bring you any end products, you’ve got the weekend to start anew tomorrow!

WIP Wednesday: A Scholarly Cardigan

First off, I want to wish my Dad a Happy Birthday!

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The past two weeks-ish I’ve been spending some time here and there working on a new version of the Scholarly Cardigan to hang out at Yarn & Coffee!IMG_8632

I’m down past the sleeves and minimal back shaping and am getting into the knitty gritty of the textured section.  This pretty purple color in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino is going to be perfect – it’s heavy enough to withstand the texture and keep the wearer warm, but with short sleeves, the cardi won’t be too hot for summer.IMG_8635

The project page for this version can be found here.IMG_8634

Oh, and are you signed up for my colorwork class this (and next) Saturday at Yarn & Coffee?  We’ll be making one of my latest patterns!

Way Back When…

Remember wwwaaayyy back in November and I shared this post?

From Humble Beginnings

I’m still working on that there project, its slow going, but that’s fine with me because I want it to turn out right.  Its nice to have something to fall back on between Christmas gifts and custom orders, and this yarn is so luxurious and wonderful that its always a treat to work on the project.

Here’s what the beast is growing into:

Mmm basketweave

I was a tad worried about running out of yarn and so I decided to go ahead and get some more.  I ended up deciding to purchase two more balls of the Plymouth Suri Merino rather than just one, and so I will count it as 1 of my 5 Yarn Diet purchases for the next 5 months.

Oh, and speaking of the Yarn Diet, did you see over there ———->

In my side bar I’ve put a little counter so I can show you what I started with and what I currently have.  And yes, the number did jump from 250 to 260 because I found another bag of yarn that I had forgotten to count….don’t judge.  Its a problem.

I’ve overcome the first step, admitting it.

Swatching Turned Into Knitting

Remember that swatching I was telling you about?  I’ve started working on the garment and lets just say that I’m super excited about it 😀

What could it be?

Can you guess what it is?  I’m sure its not all that difficult, but I can’t show you too much right now, as there’s not much to show.  Hopefully this will all change in the near future and I’ll have a completed project to share!

Blue Gray? Gray Blue? Blue Gray.

And I must say, I love this yarn.  The color is changing as I knit it, in the balls it looks like a gray blue, but when I knit it up, the blue is really shining through and making the project into something different!