The other day I promised some Eunny Jang-esque design posts so I'm going to make good on that promise now. I've been kicking an idea around my little brain to do a cardigan for my friend A's new little peanut set to be born (sometime around) the end of August. I'm thinking challenge here: fair isle, steeks, non-traditional baby colour combo, hemmed edges and pu&k button bands and such. I was looking at basing the whole thing on this little steeked sweater, but adding stitches at the center front to accomedate the steek that will transform it from a pullover to a cardigan.
I fell in love with this fair isle chart:
which I think will make a really pretty allover fair isle pattern in this yarn:
Okay, I said non-traditional and I went with the pink, but in my defense the brown doesn't exactly scream "baby" (A knows she's having a girl otherwise it would be pale blue and brown). Lanett Superwash is a great yarn, I love it for socks and other fine work and it washes like a dream. I'll be swatching some of the pattern up in the next few days and I'll post photos then.
So first I had to see if I could actually do the steeking. I knit a swatch the other day for this little jacket I want to make for M. I have a ton of this yarn (thanks ebay!) and I wasn't getting gauge so I decided to cannibalize it to give steeking a try. So this:
then I pu&k on the button bands to give this:
(click here to see it unbuttoned)
Now I'm going to toss this through the wash to see what happens to the steeks.
I also need to play with the tension on my sewing machine a bit because it was a bit looser than I'm feeling comfortable with.
On to other things now. Forecast had a bit of a break for a few days to have a mid sleeve block. I was worried about the length and where the horizontal ribs were going to hit my arm so I gave it a preliminary bath and laid it out to dry to see what would happen and I'm glad I did, it's eased some of my fears about the sleeve length as well. You can't tell so much from the pic but the horizontal ribs on the sleeve fall exactly paralell with the ones on the body when the cardigan is on which is a total happy accident but I like the effect. I'm hoping to have this done by the end of the (long) weekend as I'd like to get buttons sometime next week. I saw the most perfect green clay ones at Lettuce Knit the other day and since I'm going down on Wednesday for Amy's party I want to be ready to pick them up.
Between swatching and steeking and all that blocking I started a sock too. The Child's First Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks. Yarn is Fleece Artist merino in the most gorgeous ruby red.