Monday, February 23, 2009

new things

spring?


there's lovely new things appearing out of nowhere! the sun has come out (briefly), and some beautiful little flowers have started popping up here & there. we might even be fooled into thinking spring is here already, but it's still chilly enough to call for cozy knits. luckily, another lovely new thing has appeared as well - katje is finished!

katje


i've actually been wearing it for a little while now but couldn't arrange a "photoshoot" until this weekend - just as the light was failing & the dark clouds were coming over! (the colour is still pretty accurate though). it's a very simple pattern, and the yarn is absolutely lush.

project specs:
pattern: katje from cocoknits, knitted in size xxl
yarn: artesano alpaca aran in "sunset", 8.5 balls
needles: addi 5mm circulars
modifications: only a few! i added the seed stitch border to the hem of the body and the cuffs; i also added buttons (& buttonholes!) and a bit of extra waist shaping, as well as making the body slightly longer. i also used a figure-eight cast on for the top of the hood & a provisional cast on at the underarm to avoid even that tiny bit of seaming. other than that i worked the pattern as written - it's very simple & easy to follow. if i were to knit it again, i'd probably knit a size smaller (this sweater is lovely & cozy & baggy, but not immensly flattering!) and add more shaping, as well as making the sleeves slightly narrower (they're pretty wide in the larger sizes).

& last but not least, there's a whole new colourway collection being added the old maiden aunt shop this week - you can read more about them here!

2 comments:

Christina said...

Oh, I can't believe you have flowers blooming! Enjoy them for me! We're still stuck in gray winter in the middle of the US. Love your sweater -- it is beautiful and cozy!

doviejay said...

Hey - I LOVE the new colorways! Can't wait to see them on more bases!