Monday, April 9, 2007

Silkroad Sweater

As promised, here comes my finished new sweater!

Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran, Empire (137), 7 balls. Ribs are done in Zephyr wool-silk DK, which is actually a worsted weight.

My own, a plain vanilla v-neck with hourglass shaping.

I LOVE this yarn. Jo Sharp yarn collection is always fabulous in both texture and color. Next time I will try her dk tweeds for a cabled cardigan, or a vest.
The sweater is a completely seamless one, which means that the body is knit on circulars; the shoulders are finished with short rows and the three needle bind-off; and I used the top-down method for the sleeves for the first time. It must have taken a big genius to invent this (sleeve knitting) method! Did BW say anything in her top-down sweater book?

Ever since I washed (no bleeding) and blocked my new v-neck, I have been lounging in it merrily. This baby is next-to-the-skin soft and so cozy, and it pairs well with both jeans and pants. Zephyr is not as sturdy as Silkroad, which can be explained by its fiber content. I happen to like the worn effect of the cuffs, so that's not a problem but a bonus :-).

History (yes it has a history...)
The yarn was originally purchased for a scarf and hat set, at least four years ago. Then I changed my mind and worked it into a heavily cabled vest. It has never been worn, for I did not like the fit. Then last winter I found it in my stash. After some frogging, I started to modify it into a cabled sweater. Still didn't like it. Finally I frogged the whole sweater and started from scratch two weeks ago.

You see, sometimes a knitter can be very stubborn, and very patient!

During the weekend I have made some progress on the lacy shrug. A shrug is a perfect project right after scarf-knitting: no huge commitment, easy shaping, and simple sewing.

There is another work-in-progress. It's a tank top, or a T-shirt, haven't decided yet. I was trying to use up my two skeins of Jaeger Trinity. Regretted the moment I opened my mail. Everyone who have seen the swatch could not help but telling me how much it looked like a rag. "Are you really gonna wear something like this?" Obviously a wrong choice of color...

To rescue it, I threw in some soft merino in a darker grey. At least there are tonal effects now. Perhaps this piece can be named A Pencil Sketch?


JL said...

Love the colour.

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