Thursday, April 12, 2012

Going Green

I bet you weren't expecting a new post so soon! Well let me say, neither did I! But I really wanted to share my FO with you guys, as well as my next project.

Thanks to everyone for the opinions about Knitpicks, I liked seeing what everyone had to say about them. I also want to thank you all for the opinions about my Abalone Sweater. In the end I decided to use the Sari Silk and boy am I glad I did!

(Does no justice for how pretty this is)

I know a lot of you are considering knitting this sweater also, so I am going to give an honest review of the pattern.

1) I really liked how easy it was to knit, as well as how it was adjustable to your gauge and yarn,. I wish there was a bit more shaping, but overall I loved how easy it was. If I had to do it again, I'd probably make it go to a little bit further on my chest.  So I give the construction a 9.
2) The pattern was a bit vague in spots, probably because it's not written in the USA. I had to re-read a few things quite a bit before I comprehended what they required. I am still not sure if I did it exactly right, but it worked out. The major dilemma I found was separating for sleeves, but that may just be because I am a novice sweater knitter.  I give the writing a 6.
3) Finishing, which was also a bit vague, I really liked because I didn't have to block it! I could if I wanted to, but I probably wont. So I give that a 9 also, just for being a little confusing. 

Overall this pattern is getting a solid 8 from me, I would definitely make it again or adapt it into another pattern. Can't you just see something with cables or a design? The yarn here is Manos del Uruguay silk blend in the Mermaid colorway. I know you can't see it well above, but each skein pooled differently, so it is a bit striped, but I love it! And the sari makes it very unique! I have no clue how I will wash it when the time comes, but I'll figure something out.

Finally, do you guys think I should put a tie in the front? I have a bit of Manos left and was thinking of making a crochet chain and using it to close the front (with a bow) when I want to? What do you all think???

I also want to share my next endeavor. I am going back to spring socks, with Yukon by Pagewood Farms that I purchased at Wildflower back in November. The sock pattern I am knitting is Pyroclastic, a pattern that looks perfect for this color. :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Relay is this weekend (tomorrow!) and I am all busy getting ready for that. I will keep you posted on how it goes.


Oh and just for fun, here is Muffin hanging out in the Catnip plant we have in the back yard!


  1. It came out great! Love the bright green accent. As for a tie, I think it could work, but the sweater looks great on you as it is.

  2. Muffin! I love it when Muffin is on your blog. I'm simply blown away by how amazing this cardigan turned out! Picking out the sari yarn to make up for some extra yardage was ingenious. It also looks amazing on you! I'm not sure about the tie, maybe give it a try and see how you like it? I'm just biased because I love it so much the way it is now. That sock yarn looks great, I have a feeling that the socks are going to be a lot of fun. Good luck with Relay!

  3. I'm so glad that you went for the silk - it looks great!
    No tie - I like it as is :)
    The sock yarn is lovely isn't it?! You're right - perfect for the pattern.

  4. Just love the way your sweater turned out! And I agree with everybody else- I'm thinking it looks great as is. Have a blast a Relay- I'll be thinking about you.

  5. What a gorgeous cardigan! I've thought about knitting this pattern, too, and am re-inspired now seeing yours. No tie -- that's just me as I never belt my cardigans -- but you're the one who's going to wear this, right? Enjoy relay this weekend!

  6. It looks gorgeous :) I've had the pattern in my queue for ages, really must get round to knitting it!

    I love the yarn, manos silk blend is one of my very favourites, and that colourway is gorgeous :)

  7. Lisa, I love how the sari silk accents the Manos! That cardigan is just super-gorgeous, and it looks perfect on you. I think a tie would be nice, but it also looks really comfy and Spring-y just open in the front. Also, love the new sock yarn, and Muffin looks so sweet and happy, as always! :)

  8. Love the sweater, the color is great!

  9. That sweater is lovely! I like the idea of a tie in front.
    I am excited to see your socks in the Yukon!


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