Books,  Knitting

FO friday.

…yeah, on a saturday. I had good intentions of writing this post last night, but I had 30%* left to finish night circus. and I couldn’t put my kindle down. highly recommend the book – unless you have other things to do, because this one sucks you in hard. now looking back at my week, I’m not sure now how I managed to get anything else done. but I did – three knitting classes, a full day at the shop, a trip to the airport, lunch out, four classes at the pilates studio, 16 miles…and a finished sweater.

trace finished.
raveled here
trace finished.

this is trace. my second project from shibui’s heichi book. the gauge for this one is 4-1/2 stitches to the inch, which I think is too dense for the suggested heichi yarn. so I substituted maggiknits maggie’s linen and I love the way it turned out. this is a close fitting tank with a bit of slipped rib stitch to accent the sides.

it knit up quickly except for the finishing which took me – it seems! – nearly as long as all the knitting. the maggie’s linen is three strands, so that’s triple the number of ends to weave in (my least favorite part). and the pattern suggested using the slipped rib for the neck with a sewn bindoff. in this yarn, the edge just looked sloppy. so I ripped that out and simply worked a round of knit, and then bound off purlwise on the next round. just enough so the edge lays flat and it blends nicely with the slipped stitch edge on the armholes.

normally when I finish something, I cast on something new right away. but on wednesday, after trace was laid out to dry, there wasn’t any new project calling my name. I even considered swatching for mix no. 2 which I’m planning to knit in kidsilk haze. those who know me and my knitting well were shocked. I always knit in season, and there is no way I’d be wearing a mohair sweater anytime soon! (no worries, the yarn and the needles are now back in the cupboard, safely stowed away for the fall!) in the end I decided to keep working on what I’d already started. another charity hat and making waves.

and this morning, I got the call. corrina posted about laresca. I bought the pattern weeks ago when it was first published. I’ve wanted to use panama – it seems like a perfect yarn for our hot humid summer. and that lace detail. oh my. love.

thank goodness I’m working today. because I’m buying the yarn!

*isn’t it funny how we kindle readers no longer have any concept of page numbers and page counts? it’s all percents now!


  • Andrea

    This is so beautiful! I haven't seen this collection of patterns yet, but now I'm going to have to track it down. Would you say that the yarn you used is really an aran weight? I have a cotton/linen blend that's worsted and can't seem to find a good project for it and I'm thinking this might work.

  • Lydia

    a another great summer top. i blocked 2 sweaters and a shawlette, as well as, attached the band and wove in the ends of my ny cardigan yesterday AND made myself a large boxed pouch-saturday was very very productive.