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Tape & Trim

 

Project monogamy is a difficult task for this knitter. I've been working on Epistrophy for months now (right?) and despite some obvious progress I still feel so far away from the end goal. To inspire me to keep on keeping on--I'm on the sleeves right now and I firmly dislike knitting sleeves--I'm looking ahead to the finished piece and the super necessary button band tape selection. Kate Davies has some great suggestions for places to find and buy tape on her site and I've assembled an Etsy list of my own below. Not quite sure what I'll be picking for Epistrophy. The cardigan is pink and purple...yikes! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

Colorwork

 

E's mom sent me a whole sweater's worth of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK earlier this month (thank you, Mary!) and I've been spending all my free time thinking about what I'm going to make. In addition to the nine skeins of tweedy pink there's one skein of tweedy purple. Inspired by Felicia Semple's cardigan, and one of the lovely colorwork designs on it, I thought, "Hey! That could work here!" and then, surprisingly for me, "Lemme swatch that!" And so I did.

The result, while a little wonky around the edges, is so fabulous that I think I'll have to do it! The variation in color is certainly subtle but I think it will knit up nicely.

I haven't yet decided if this project will be a pullover or a cardigan. If I go the cardigan route, I might just try my hand at steeking (thanks again, Felicia, for the inspiration!). Here's some more simple colorwork inspo from Ravelry:

1. Strokkur by Ysolda Teague// 2. Lady of the Lake by Susan Mills // 3. Stasis Pullover by Leila Raabe // 4. Sundottir by Dianna Walla

So even though this sweater isn't technically a Better Sweater, I'm still planning on documenting the process of knitting it in this journal. My goal is to make up the pattern myself as I go, which should be hilarious. I am pretty badat math (a huge bummer as a knitter) so there will be many foibles to share. But if it all works out in the end maybe I'll start crafting my own patterns for future Better Sweaters! I've designed a few hats in my time...how much harder can it be? I'll keep you posted!

Before I can get this new show on the road, however, I need to finish Better Sweater No. 7! Almost done with the first sleeve woohoo!

Also, my Addi Click Interchangeable Needle Set arrived and I am SO STOKED about them (see image above)! Knitting the little colorwork swatch was a breeze with the yarn slipping so easily off the needles. How I wish I'd bought these years ago. They are indeed an investment but certainly one worth making!