This was the first year, since moving to Eugene, that I’ve been able to attend the Black Sheep Gathering. It was so worth the wait. On Friday I took the bunnies who flirted shamelessly with the alpacas. On Saturday, breakfast and a shopping spree with my fellow knit nerds. I didn’t want to go home, sigh.
Archive for June, 2008
Juno is done.
I am thrilled with the results. I modified the collar and was nervous about the way it would fit right up until the last stitch (coming up with possible problems and fixes the whole way), but it is lovely in every way. Just in time too, it’s supposed to be chilly this weekend.
Of course you do. When I saw that post I knew I had to knit it. My husband (who really knows how to rock the holiday gift giving) gave me the magazine and enough Queensland Kathmandu Aran to make it as one of my Christmas presents. I started it and brought it to my knit group. While we drooled over the pages, I made a frog worthy error. It was actually a blessing in disguise. If you have never looked at Rowan #40, they have a section in the center that features a group of women of various sizes, shapes and ages modeling the sweaters (think the Knitting Daily gallery but with more diversity of size and a professional photographer). While looking at how Juno fit the women, I realized that the Harlot’s tweedy version (while glorious) wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted one that looked EXACTLY like the one in the mag (that hardly ever happens to me). Typical of me, I stuffed the error ridden back piece into a drawer and knit on about a hundred other projects.
Then a brand new Michael’s opened right around the corner from where my husband works. While checking it out one day I noticed a bunch of Lion Brand Cotton Ease on sale. I’ve used this yarn for many projects. It’s soft, durable and a great workhorse yarn. The color was a dead match with the magazine. A little math and I realized I could make Juno with this for less than $20. But I felt sacreligous somehow, making a Rowan sweater with Lion yarn.
Really, it’s turning out quite lovely. I just have to knit the neckband… which will happen very soon. I’ll share it with you and you can judge for yourself.