Finally, progress on Gaudi

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It’s taken a lot of fiddling and more time than it should, but I am finally making noticeable progress on the Gaudi cardigan by Martin Storey for Rowan.

I hit a problem with this pattern as soon as I started working on the colourwork section and I think the problem is nothing more than the peculiarities of my own gauge, compounded by my personal preferences. I knit three-quarters of the way through the colourwork on the back at least four times, very possibly more, and each time I couldn’t make it work. The armhole would be plenty deep enough, yet I would still have at least 30 stitches remaining to decrease which would add another 2-3 inches to the depth of the armhole. The back returned to my knitting basket a number of times to rest between bouts of wanting to work on it.

I have finally settled on following the spirit of the pattern rather than the word; I worked out my method for decreasing the correct number of stitches without it resulting in a batwing sleeve, and I finally knit the whole colourwork portion of the back in less than a day. Of course, having knitted the colourwork so many times, I am now very familiar with how it goes and don’t have to consult the pattern at all.

On this final stab, I decided that life was too short to have an extra ball of yarn on the go and fiddle with knitting the edge in the pale colour as the pattern instructs, so I have gone for a strictly striped look right across. I really want to wear this cardigan and if that’s what it takes to get a cardi I like, then that’s what I’ll do.

I am currently working on the first sleeve, having decided that I’d like to get to the sleeves out of the way nice and early in the game. Sleeves are always larger than you think and there will be less knitting involved in the two fronts so it’s nice to keep them until last.

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I still adore this pattern, and I love the colours so much. Can’t wait to wear the finished object. The only thing that gives me pause for thought is the yarn. It’s nice enough to work with, but oh, it sheds so annoyingly. I am sure this is down to the 25% Alpaca content in the yarn, which was always going to be the element I was less than charmed by. I want to knit other designs from the “New Vintage Knits” book, but at this point I have to say I will probably look at knitting them in Shetland wools rather than the Rowan Felted Tweed. Of course, I haven’t finished the knitting and washed the garment yet – I may well discover at that point that Felted Tweed is just the bee’s knees! I am changeable like that.

How is your knitting going? Any garments being worked on?


Just as an aside, the coconut cake in my previous post was divine. Unfortunately, it was absolutely certainly not a diet option – my weight rocketed from the first mouthful. But it’s okay if I keep such things as occasional treats.


 

Knits in progress as December wanes

Hello again, nice to have you back with me for an update on my current knits. I am not being a monogamous knitter at the moment, which is rather out of character as you know. I must admit this causes me a tiny bit of concern as I don’t think I will make progress on everything and I hate to leave things in abeyance.

The “old gold” wool

You may recall before Christmas I was having a dither over whether to continue knitting the Rimini cardigan by Martin Storey with this 4-ply yarn, or to abandon that and knit a thicker jumper holding two or three stands of yarn together. Well, I tried a thicker jumper and didn’t really like it so I reverted to the fine-knit cardigan which I know I will wear. However, what with the Christmas knitting and the dithering, it was clear I would not be finishing the project before Christmas so I decided to put it on hold, probably until the spring.

The “Dr Foster Went To Gloucester” socks

Another thing you may recall is that I knitted one sock out of this lovely Mr B Yarns wool back in September. I went completely out of my comfort zone and knitted it toe-up, incorporating the delightfully-titled Fleegle Heel and was very happy with it at the time, and in no doubt that I would knit the other sock when I’d finished… (insert whatever seems appropriate!).

I didn’t ever knit that second sock, but I thought knitting it would be the ideal project to fill in the time before I did my Christmas cast-on of the project I really wanted to work on. However, as soon as I tried on the sock I’d finished, I knew I wasn’t going to complete them. I had reverted to type and was dreadfully unhappy with everything about the toe-up construction. Luckily, I have small feet, and one 100g skein of yarn can more than adequately provide me with three socks, so I simply cast on a relatively plain, cuff-down sock. I experimented with the idea of doing a short row heel rather than my normal heel flap and gusset, but after two attempts I gave up on that too and went with what makes me happy.  So here is my progress to date – a HO:-

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Dr Foster Went To Gloucester – still love this colourway

I have decided these will be my New Year Socks, so I had better get the second one knitted over this weekend.

The Gaudi caridgan by Martin Storey

I had promised myself through December that I would cast on for the Gaudi cardigan once my pre-Christmas socialising was done and so I sat down in the calm of Christmas Eve and made a start. This is how far I have got – to the waist of the back:-

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Halfway up the back of the Gaudi cardigan

I love this pattern so much. I love the colours and the fact they change regularly makes for a more interesting knit. The only thing I don’t like quite so much is the Rowan Felted Tweed wool. Oh, I love how it looks, I just don’t like the fact that it incorporates alpaca. I am not a fan of alpaca and every time I use it, I experience a twinge of regret. A nice Shetland wool would give the same look and, in my opinion, a much nicer knitting experience, so I will note that for my future edification.

Not that I’m going to allow that little carp to put me off this project! I intend to make steady progress on this garment and get it finished quickly enough to keep me warm through February and March which are often the colder months in my part of the world. I reckon so long as I do a few rows each day, it will be done before I know it! Shame that I completely failed to do a few rows yesterday (my excuse is that I had some work to do on an item for my Etsy shop and that was more important).

Today

So, for today my plan is to cast on the second Dr Foster sock and do some work on the Gaudi cardigan. Oh, and see how much exercise it will need to work off today’s mince-pie-and-cream input! I have been rather indulgent over Christmas, without going totally overboard. However, I have been very good with exercise over the days of festivity, which has to count for something, surely.


How is your knitting progressing? I’ll be back on Friday with some ink stash enhancement, then on New Year’s Eve I will post my review of my 2018 knitting projects.