Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Yarn Along 20

Joining Ginny from Small Things in her weekly Yarn Along

I'm not doing that much reading at the moment but I am knitting a lot. Too much actually because my wrists and hands hurt again. I haven't had problems with that in a while but now it's back. I partly blame the yarn I'm knitting with at the moment. It's Linolo from ONline Garne, a blend of linen, viscose and cotton. While it's nice to knit with in general, it's of course different than knitting with wool. Despite the 42 % linen fiber it's relatively smooth and the viscose compensates a lot, but still it's a bit stiff and I have a lot of stitches on the needles.
The pattern is Goodale by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and has been in my queue a very short time because my lovely friend Linda gave me the pattern for my birthday this year. I spent a lot of time searching for the right yarn (and then spent even more time choosing the colour). I wanted to knit with something other than wool and as I like linen very much, I decided to go with Linolo. So far I'm pleased with the yarn, I hope it will be nice to wear. It is spun rather unevenly, so for once I'm not fussing about uneven stitches =) I had a hard time deciding on a colour, they were all very pretty. I ordered the yarn online and was hoping that the pictures (and what my screen made of them) were close to the actual colour. I have to admit, I was hoping for a more reddish colour and not so much the pink it actually turned out to be but I like it nonetheless.
The cardigan is knit from the top down, which is a first for me. I will have to switch to a longer circular needle or put the stitches on scrap yarn if I want to try it on during the process but the fact that I can rather pleases me.

Like I said, not much reading happening around here at the time but I do read a couple of pages at a time from the second Harry Potter book in between all the knitting. I know the HP books so well anyway that not much concentration is needed =)

I finally posted pictures of my finished Cotton Candy Bobbles Cardigan which was the subject of several Yarn Alongs. If you'd like to see how it turned out, please read this post or go straight to my project page on Ravelry (project notes still need to be filled in...).

Have a nice day with lots of inspiration from fellow knitters and crocheters!