Thursday, June 2, 2011

Knitting Comfort

Rhonda at Down-to-Earth posted the other day about The Rich Experience of Knitting and that reminded me that I took some photos of my latest knitting project a few days ago and hadn't even uploaded them yet.

This is a cardigan I'm knitting from a Lincraft pattern in their book Urban Knits

Using Lincraft "Surprise" yarn.

I'm allergic to wool so have to stick with acrylic and cotton yarn, which can sometimes be tricky to find in colours that I would actually wear and at a price I can justify. The yarn for this project came in at $25.00, so a reasonably-priced project for me, considering I'm not that experienced in making cardigans or items that actually need to fit!

So far I'm really happy with the quality of this yarn, and my mother-in-law who is a very experienced knitter and spinner was also impressed.

I'm also loving the colour variations as it morphs from one colour to another. Amongst the purples are white, lilac, navy blue and a rich chocolate.

Like Rhonda I also recently bought some Clover bamboo needles and am just loving them.

I've knitted the back and left front so far, and am looking forward to finishing it all in the next few weeks, now that life is calming down a bit.

I used to find knitting very stressful, and struggled with getting the tension right and understanding the pattern and so on, but since knitting lots of coathanger covers for the school fair I find knitting easy and relaxing and it's exciting to have a major knitting project for the first time in years. I love sitting on the sofa with the sun streaming in, or the rain pouring down outside and slow down with some knitting.

What are you knitting at the moment?

(linking to Fiber Arts Friday)


DancingInTheRain said...

the knitting needles have come out and I am knitting a scarf for my eldest for school. amazingly i had some wool in her school colours in my stash - hopefully it end up long enough and the wool doesnt run out as I have no idea where it is from!

Fiona said...

Oh I hope you have enough to make the scarf! I love using up something from my stash to make something useful :-)

Stitched Together said...

That is going to be a lovely cardigan. The yarn is lovely. It is becoming easier to find nice acrylic yarn though, which makes it easier when catering for people with allergies like my Mum. Unfortunately I don't think we get that yarn in the UK, but I'm sure I'll find something nearly as nice.

Melissa said...

Lovely, nice work.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

AllyB said...

I love the purple! That's going to me a beautiful sweater.

Melissa Plank said...

What a lovely project, the yarn is gorgeous!

Voie de Vie said...

I don't envy your wool allergy! However, there's lots of great alternatives, and I love the colors in that cotton/acrylic blend.

I also love my bamboo Clovers. :)

Kathryn Ray said...

I really like that sweater pattern and the color changes are quite nice.

So sorry about your wool allergy. You could always try alpaca yarn... ;-) Tho, it is more pricey.

Welcome to FAF. :-)

Spinster Beth said...

I love the yarn! And I too love Clovers, they are actually the only needles I will knit with (except for sizes 0 - 3 circs :-)

Looking forward to seeing the sweater!

WonderWhyGal said...

oooh, the sweater will be gorgeous. How frustrating to have a wool allergy. Can you use Alpaca? Most people with wool allergies can although I've met a few who can only use acrylic. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!