Sunday, April 22, 2007

Libbi cardigan

This cardigan was love at first sight when I first saw it on the Helen McCabe's website. I like bubbles, so these patterns are definitely for me.
First I thought she is selling the kits - but no, it's not the case, it's the finished garments you get.

So I am approximating my own pattern, based on her pattern. I don't know if this is ethical or not - anyway I try to feel better about this by advertising her website here. Somebody might decide to get one of the ready made sweaters she is selling. They are beautiful.

My modifications : instead of four lines of bubbles I'll have three lines and I will have to imagine the cables and the repeats.

I had another attempt to start it, a few months ago, with Aurora 8 but I did not like it for some obscure reason so I've ordered some thick cotton from elann : Online Ravenna - green. I wanted some nice strong green.
This is the green on their website.

but it's not quite what you get. What you get is a much more psychedelic yellowish version of it, which looks a bit like this (can't capture the color right ).
Anyway - it's a very strong fresh green and here is where I am now. I've started it last Sunday. I have no idea if I'm going to ever wear this color - but I need to do it.

Obviously I did abandon everything else.

I am going to need more yarn probably; it is disappearing so fast on 6 mm needles and with all these bubbles. I never order enough, I've got 750 gr - WHAT WAS I THINKING ??? - but it will be a good occasion to get something else as well with the next delivery. The only problem is that the cheapest delivery from Canada in UK is taking 6 weeks.

It will not be cotton ever, I decided I do not like cotton - never used it before - but it is so demanding, especially the k3togs.

On a more optimistic tone : my climber is climbing and attempts to covered the old, long time unused antennas.

This is always great news when nature knows its ways to cover all the technical crap we're polluting the planet with. A big well done to the climber !


Marina said...

Isn't that strange how sometimes, for whatever reason, we need to knit something?

It's lovely

Jeanne said...

Its beautiful - I love the pattern. I am impressed you are able to create the pattern based on a finished item - are you using something as a guide or just going free style?

Silvia said...

I am always going free style, then I complain it does not look like the original :).
I had no choise with this one as I did not have the pattern but you can see it's quite an easy combination - classic cables then my bobles are k, p, k in the same stitch then purl these three stiches on the WS then next row k3tog.
It's all about trying and improvising. My mom can reproduce the most complicated pattern just by looking at it - I am less advanced :) I'm afraid but I keep trying.

fleegle said...

I am not much of a green fan, but that is really spectacular!