Sweaterday: Swimming Along

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I made a lot of progress on my I∂unn sweater this week. I brought four balls of yarn (which miraculously arrived the night before I left—a mailperson dropped them off around 7 PM, well after my regular mail had been delivered—I’m not sure what happened there), and knit all four of them, which amounted to a great deal of knitting being accomplished.

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I added some waist shaping, which is missing from the cardigan, working three sets of 4 stitch decreases and increases that begin about an inch below the divide for the arms. I placed the back increases and decreases on the back, not along the sides of the body, which I think makes for a slightly more flattering fit on me. I’m really close to starting the ribbing at the bottom—I may have that to show you next week, but since I ran out of yarn, I shipped the sweater back to myself, along with some Christmas presents I’d received, so it all depends on when that box arrives and how much I’m able to knit before next Saturday.

Today’s the last Sweaterday for 2012! I hope to be able to continue posting regularly on Saturdays for a while in the new year, as at some point I’ll be working on Heidi Kirrmaier’s Rain Dance as part of the Sweater Odyssey knitalong.

But now I’m going to go play in Central Park.

FO: Age of Brass and Steam Shawl

This shawl was supposed to be shown off last month, but I never was able to get time to photograph it (that’s pretty much the theme of all my posts lately, isn’t it?)

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This is my Age of Brass and Steam shawl, and I knit it using two balls of JC Rennie Supersoft Cashmere DK that I picked up in London (the yarn is mostly wool, and feels a bit scratchy while you’re knitting with it, but softens up delightful with a wash).

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I added an extra repeat (which ended up being a shorter row count than the other repeats) because I wanted to use up all the yarn.

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As written, this is a pretty shallow shawl, I think. But it’s an easy knit, and very easy to add length if you’ve got the yarn. And it looks really nice “artfully” draped over a tree branch, if you ask me.

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FO: Urchin Hat

For whatever reason, while taking pictures of my Urchin, I made the dumbest faces.

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And of course, felt the need to share them with all of you.

Stupid faces aside, this is probably my new favorite hat.

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It’s Ysolda Teague’s clever Urchin hat, from Knitty Fall 2007. Constructed entirely in garter stitch short-rows this hat took me about 3 hours to knit.

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I added a bow to the side to use up the last of the yarn. I used one skein of Malabrigo Chunky in the Violetas colorway. It’s cozy and warm and I love it.