Cheating

It is a truth universally acknowledged that knitting bloggers cannot stay faithful to one project at a time. You know who I mean and if you don’t, go read her blog, you won’t be sorry. Exceptions may exist but I’m definitely not one of them. So, here’s the latest project on the needles:

Sommertop_1_1

It’s a summer top from an old Rowan Magazine, #27 I think, called Foxy. Let’s hope I’ll look exactly that in it… The designer is Kim Hargreaves which guaranties a simple, yet very elegant look, at least on the picture. How my knitting will turn out is yet to see. The back is done and the front started so hopefully it won’t be long. I’m going to machine wash it and before that I just don’t know. Sometimes I think the ribbing looks too uneven but that may be solved with a good blocking. We’ve all had our moments of hubris, no? The pattern calls for the Rowan 4-ply cotton but I’m using this cotton from the shop where I work:

Sommertop_1

It knits to the same gauge and has 178m in a 50g ball. It’s the first time I’m using it but a trusted colleague says it’s very good. It washes well in the machine, it doesn’t shrink or grows and it remains soft. I find it very nice to knit with, it isn’t stringy or hard but of course it doesn’t have the same elasticity as wool so it’s a bit harder on the hands.

I promised to show a finished project in one of the previous posts so here it is:

Sommertop_2

You’ll have to make do with this picture. My boyfriend is in Italy so there’s no one to take a picture of me. Let’s not talk about the fact that the ones he does take are crap anyway. Sorry love, you know it’s true.

I’m satisfied with the workmanship but have to say that the design has been a disappointment. The collar makes me look very broad shouldered and let’s just say that usually I don’t need shoulder pads. It also has a bit more ease than I prefer but I am wearing it right now because it is quite comfortable and warm. So even if it’s not a complete success let me quote Brenda Dayne: If you’re cold, put on a sweater! That’s what they’re for.

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