Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Fastest Sweater EVER (and more socks)!

Rosedale United
Pattern: Rosedale United (knitty) (medium/42 inch size)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon #157
Needles: KnitPicks Options Size 6(US)
Start Date: October 24, 2006
Finish Date: November 3, 2006
Comments: This sweater was a lot of fun; both the colors and the pattern. It's a great way to use Noro Kureyon to its full advantage, showing off all the lovely color changes. I didn't realize until I got to the instructions for the intarsia rectangle that the majority of this sweater is knit back and forth, not in the round as I had assumed. Luckily, Kureyon on size 6 knits up fairly quickly, even when knitting and purling. I almost left out the little intarsia rectangle on the upper back and I kind of wish I had now. It puckers a little even though I made every effort to not strand to tightly at that spot. Oh well, it blocked out pretty well and it may even out more as I wear it. I really love this sweater and I think it may be the one that gets the most use out of my handknit sweater collection. I can just imagine wearing it throughout the winter whenever I need a color pick-me-up:)

Dublin Dragonfly Bay Socks
Pattern: Dublin Bay (pdf link here)
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Dragonfly
Needles: KnitPicks dpns sizes 1 and 0 (9 stitches per inch on 0's)
Start Date: October 19, 2006
End Date: November 6, 2006
Comments:These are the first pair of Sunshine Yarns I've knit using her new superwash sock yarn. Overall, I'm very happy with the result. The texture of the yarn is rather soft. I did feel the yarn is a tad bit thin and the spin is a little splitty, but the colors more than make up for any lack of enthusiasm I may feel for the actual yarn. Dani of Sunshine Yarns just knows how to pick colors and dye some beautiful yarn. From intense burgundy to soft pale blue, this yarn absolutely reminds me of a dragonfly. I'm glad I have more of this yarn, in a variety of colors, in my stash. :)

And here's what I cast on last night - That's the new Socks that Rock Rockin' Sock Club color Pink Granite using the pattern that came with it (Marble Arches). It has the adorable ruffly cuff. Love it!

***Knitting Group is tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Borders' Cafe in Wilmette (corner of Lake & Skokie). We meet from 6:30pm until 8:00pm and any yarn enthusiast is welcome!***


mle said...

Your sweater is gorgeous!! The colors really compliment you! And the Dragon Fly socks are so fun! They'll really give you a pick-me-up in the winter!

Kaitie Tee said...

Your sweater is fantastic! Is the Kureyon itchy though?

Becky said...

That Dragonfly yarn is sooo pretty. Your STR Marble Arches are so different from mine - funny how the yarn has a mind of its own - they look great!

Dave said...

That is one wonderful sweater. I love the colours. Maybe I should make one ... eventually.

tapmouse said...

YAY! The pink granite looks good, Alyssa!

Leslie (your fellow STRer)

Kim in Oregon said...

How many stitches did you end up with on your Marble Arches? I have 44 but wonder if I need more.

And yes, if you need to part with your yarn leftovers, they're always welcome at my house!

Liz said...

Everything looks great, I bet that sweater will be cozy, albeit with a long sleeved T underneath, and I just love how the Pink Granite is knitting up. See ya tonight at Group.

Kim in Oregon said...


The sock yarn can go to me:

kim sheehan
2655 Augusta
Eugene, OR 97403

I must be the loosest knitter is the world (is that a word?) I can't get the gauge right on the marble arches at all.

Ava said...

Love the sweater and the Marble Arches. Need to start mine soon. BTW, where did you get the purple stitch holders for the DPNs?