Do people still say that? (Did people ever say that?)
I have two FOs to show you that have sort of been done for a while, but not quite.
The first one is Little Colonnade by Stephen West. He asked me to test-knit this pattern along with Herbivore, but he didn't publish the pattern until just today (after "normal" Colonnade made it's debut over on Knitty), so I couldn't show it to you when I finished it a few weeks ago.
The pictures in the pattern have all the edges blocked straight, but I wanted to see what it would look like with pointed edges. Also, as my mother had already hinted that she wanted it, I thought the pointed edges would give it a bit of a feminine look.
I used about a skein and a half (maybe less) of Regia something something Kaffe Fassett designs something mirage color sock yarn. Yep, that's what it's called. (Here's the real deal if you're curious what it actually is, I used the "Mirage Twilight" colorway). US size 4 needles were employed.
I thought the pattern was really interesting to knit, and I've never done double yarnovers before, so that was fun. I didn't understand how they were going to work until I started knitting them (they work fine).
I know people say all the time that "sock yarn isn't just for socks", but I may make an argument about this yarn. It's not soft, it's not lofty, and it sort of held it's shape a little too well with blocking. It kind of shrunk back down and didn't maintain it's pointy points after I unpinned it. ...but I'm sure it would make very sturdy socks.
Of course, this being a Stephen West pattern, it was very easy to follow, fun to knit, and the results are fantastic. I can't wait for his next design (no, I have no idea what it might be, but I'm sure he's not done designing yet.)
The other project I have to show you today is...
The zipper came in the mail yesterday and late last night I spent 3 and 1/2 hours sewing it in to the sweater.
Here are a few things I learned from the experience:
1. It is hard to pin a zipper into a sweater.
2. Thread is tiny, so is the eye on a sewing needle.
3. Zippers don't stretch like knitting does.
4. Sewing needles are sharper than knitting needles. And they hurt.
5. Sometimes function is more important than presentation...
...be quiet, I've never claimed to be able to sew.
and last but not least, 6. I think I would choose buttons over a zipper on a cardigan any day. Much easier, much faster, much less stressful.
And for the record:
Pattern: Franklin, from Queensland Collection No. 9
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed (10 balls in Chestnut, 1 in Pulp)
Needles: US size 6
My brother wasn't around to model the sweater for me (he's in a play and is always in performances or rehearsals), so just imagine me, but taller, and skinnier, with longer arms.
...and with that, I have to go shove all of my things into my car and drive across Wisconsin. I'm hoping to leaving in 7 hours, but I haven't really packed anything yet and I still have a few loads of laundry to do, and I need to sleep at some point in there too, so we'll see how that all works out.