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Quick Sand

Posted by Andi on November 22, 2015

Quick Sand
Pattern: Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Berroco Captiva in Silver, 8.12 skeins (795.8 yards)
Needles: US 9
Date started: September 18, 2015
Date completed: November 14, 2015

I finished this lightweight sweater just in time for winter. And it’s my own fault. I actually finished the knitting 13 days before I wove in the ends. We had an extended autumn this year, so that’s 13 days I could have worn this sweater. Instead I only wore it one day – the day after I finished it. It was kind of warmer that day. That was it.

This sweater is knit from the top down, and uses an increase I have never used or even heard of before. As I started increasing for the yoke I noticed that the increases created holes in the knitting. I didn’t like how it looked. I wondered if other knitters had the same issue, so I looked at the finished projects on Ravelry and discovered that the holes from the increases line up and are actually a design element of the garment. So I kept going, and now I love the increase holes.

Quick Sand

The pattern calls for aran weight yarn. I was surprised to see that the Captiva yarn is classified as aran weight on Ravelry given how thin it is. I love the drape on this garment, which was knit on size 9 needles. I think if I had used a smaller needle the fabric would gave been stiff. However, on a size 9, the knit stitches are open, if that makes sense.

Quick Sand

This isn’t a sweater that will keep me warm on a really cold day, but it will be perfect for spring and autumn, or slightly cooler summer nights.

I haven’t started another sweater yet. I have a few sweater’s quantities of yarns, and I’m not sure which one I want to do next. I have a few things I need to finish first before I can start another sweater.


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Dalkey Mitts and Cowl

Posted by Andi on November 6, 2015

Dalkey Mitts//
Pattern: Dalkey Mitts by Carol Feller
Yarn: Sophie’s Toes Merino Sock in Pumpkin Spice, .3 skein (105 yards)
Needle: US 3
Date started: October 3, 2015
Date completed: October 8, 2015

Dalkey Cowl//
Pattern: Dalkey Cowl by Carol Feller
Yarn: Sophie’s Toes Merino Sock in Pumpkin Spice, .54 skein (189 yards)
Needle: US 3
Date started: October 8, 2015
Date completed: October 26, 2015

I thought this yarn was cursed. I tried knitting several things with it over the years, but the projects never worked out. Earlier this fall, I decided to make one more attempt at a project with this yarn. I found these patterns in Carol Feller’s Contemporary Irish Knits book, which I love. When I realized I could get both a cowl and mitts out of one skein of yarn, I knew I had to try it with this yarn.

I really love the results. These pieces are perfect for autumn. The lace on the back of the hand and all over the cowl keep you from overheating when wearing it on slightly cooler days.

We’ve had unseasonably warm weather here lately, with highs in the low 70’s. The mornings are a tad bit cool, however. I don’t like wearing a jacket in the morning because it’s too warm to wear it on the way home. I wore the cowl and mitts the other morning for just a bit of added warmth, but unlike a jacket I can stick the accessories in my backpack on my way home from work. It was perfect and kept me from having a chill on a cool morning.

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