Finally, I am able to show an FO after two months with neither sewing nor knitting outcome. I started working on it while vacationing in Indonesia.
Pattern: Rusted Roots by Zephyr Style
yarn: 4 skeins of worsted weight Karabella Margrite (now discontinued) purchased at ImagiKnit. It is 80% merino and 20% cashmere and was intended for the backward cabled pullover but I changed my mind. The yarn is soft and buttery so I don’t understand why it was discontinued but i do see a slight pilling issue.
Needle: size 6. I was actually experimenting with this project. I love working with merino but my FOs always come out bigger after washed and blocked. So, I took a chance by using one needle size smaller than what I would have knit with hoping that it would come out just right. The result is a sweater with negative ease but it’s wearable. Although, I was a bit frustrated because the hem came out so tight that i had to re-do it. I first used a regular bind-off then switched to decrease bind-off to loosen the hem a bit.
Modification: none other than just lengthened it a bit
All in all this is a sweater that will get a lot of wear. It’s simple and so proper for work and weekend. The pattern is simple and easy to follow, quite well written. It is also a fast knit especially because it calls for worsted weight yarn. I should have used a cotton yarn to get a more structured outcome but it is not bad at all. The only thing is I wish Sarah Johnson, the designer, would add a schematic to the pattern so i know all the measurements.
Other than finishing up my knitting project, I also managed to allocate some time to paint my bookshelves. I put on a primer on saturday and the first coat on sunday. My workmanship is not bad but could be better, hopefully the second coat will conceal all the flaws
The weekend sorta come and go like that but i actually got a lot done. I went to my first swim class (it’s about time a girl knows how to swim), finished Rusted Roots and worked on frills for Rosa, attended Three Irish Girls trunk show (and came home with a bunch of yummy yarn, to be blogged), painted bookshelves, did grocery, watched Inception (what an awesome movie). Unfortunately, we haven’t done much stuffs outdoor to soak up the summer which will end in two months in California. We are hoping to do something fun starting next week like bike across Golden Gate Bridge, wine tasting in the upcoming wine country in Livermore and vicinity, hit the beach and try out new brunch places. What have you done this summer?