Friday, September 25, 2009

Damson & Gretel

I am not referring to the fairy tale but to two of my projects. Damson is off the needles .....

This had been a fast knit & I would have finished it earlier if I did not frogged twice. As Damson is not a triangular shawl, there are 6 points of increases. It took me a while to get use to the pattern. Anyway, I did enjoyed all the garter stitch knitting & the plain lace pattern.


It's knitted with Swiss Mountain Sea Sock, a mix of 51% silk, 29% merino & 20% seacell. This is my 1st time knitting with this yarn & I love it. It's so soft & silky & I think it's the perfect yarn for this shawl. Look at the drape ......


If anyone of you is thinking of knitting Damson, just be warned ..... I ran out of yarn after the last row & only had 50cm of yarn left & I had to cast off more than 500 stitches! The pattern asked for 440 yds/402m & I had 400m. Even if I had the extra 2m, I would still run out of yarn. Thank goodness, I found some leftover merino in almost the same color & just cast off ......

..... can you tell the difference?

The other project that I should have finished weeks ago ......

...... but it's still on the needles. This is Slanting Gretel Tee which I started off quite well until I came to the armholes. It's quite an unusual construction where I had to do a provisional cast-on on waste yarn to hold the stitches for the sleeves & then cast them off later. So the sleeve is just a cap. I was not so sure if I would like the sleeve & was thinking of just knitting a sleeve separately & then attaching it when I start knitting the yoke. I just could not decide & so put it aside for a while.

Yesterday, I decided to pick it up & just carry on knitting & follow the instructions. I hope I am doing the right thing .....

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

They are both beautiful Ann!! Great, great job!!
Suzanne

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the Damsen and you can't tell that there were any problems with the yarn! Both are beautiful projects.

Rachel said...

Damson is beautiful (and can't tell the difference on the cast-off at all!). And keep us updated on how you do with the Tee's sleeves. I just got the yarn for that knit and am debating whether to go ahead and cast on (it's in competition with a few other patterns!). I really love that pattern and yours looks great so far!

Anni said...

Love the shawl. And can't tell the difference in yarn colour.