After seeing Mel’s handspun Fractal Danger, I immediately dove into my stash for suitable yarn. I came up with the 2 ply Rainbow Farms Pygora yarn I spun up over a year ago. (Top skein of the bottom photo) I have to say, this yarn is really really yummy. I had to rip out the first few inches of the scarf several times until I found the right needle size for a fabric I liked. This yarn just got better and better as if bloomed. Needless to say, it handled the ripping very well. You can see the area that I re-knit several times in the small elongated triangle to the above right of the yarn ball.
Don’t you just love those stripes???? The stripes were in the dyed into the fiber. All I did was split it in half lengthwise and spun the yarn as a 2 ply. You can see the yarn in progress in my previous post, Miracle Fabric. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn about one color repeat short. I had to finish it off with some Cascade 220 Superwash. It’s slightly denser than my handspun but it worked. Now, I just need to add buttons.
This was such a quick and fun knit. Much more fun than the first time around. Why? Minimal ends to weave in. Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes the first time around either. I zipped along on the sweater before I realized that I forgot to increase for the cuff fullness. Riiiiip.
To ensure I don’t make this mistake again, I decided to write out line by line instructions for myself. After a bit, I wanted stitch counts. So, I stopped once again and built a spreadsheet that calculated my line by line and my ending stitch count by row. Yes, I’m a geek. Anyway, I think it took me longer to build the spreadsheet than it did for me to knit the darn thing. It helped that I took the train into the city to have a tea and chat session with Penny.
- Yarn: Handspun and Cascade 220
- Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) 32″ or 40″ circulars; these were perfect length to work all the way around with enough room to leave the side stitches on the needle while working the center back panel
A few knitting notes on this BSJ (so I don’t lose my notes and have to start all over again next time!):
- I used double decrease around a center knit stitch so the decreases match the increases.
- I used a 2 stitch I-Cord all around.
- I made 3 – 2 stitch buttonhole in the I-Cord edge. (3-2-8-2-8-2)
- At the bottom corners, I added a single (unattached) I-Cord stitch before and after the centered/corner stitch to make it a clean turn.
- At the neck corners, I added 2 (unattached) I-Cord stitch to ease the corner.
- I grafted the end of the I-Cord to the 2 cast on stitches at the beginning.
I finally got around to winding these off of the bobbins. I don’t remember where I purchased the fiber. I think it is Crown Mountain Fibers. I’ve lost the tag so I don’t know what the color way is either.
- superwash merino
- spun & plied on Watson Marie
- chain plied
- 250 grams
- 2 skeins, 884 yards
- 1,604 ypp
Maybe another vest?
- Half Bombyx Silk Brick from Northeast Fiber Arts Center
- Spindle spun; plied on Matchless with 21:1 flyer
- 55 grams
- 652 yards
- 5,361 ypp
Not quite the yardage of the other half brick.