Loved yours so much, I went out and got the book! Since I think the yarn is too bulky for the design on me, I may use Simply Soft (it's what I can afford, it's soft, and even though it does ball somewhat, it will drape nicely). What I REALLY like is NaturallyCaron's Country, but it's twice the price. Oh well, yours is beautiful and an inspiration no matter what I use!
Great job, it looks awesome! A hint about Symphony yarn, it does work up nicely but be careful what you wear it OVER, as it tends to shed quite a bit. At least that's been my experience. But you can't beat the yardage and the price!
Like most of you folks, I don't see anything in there to make me rush to the stash pile. Or the LYS. Some are NICE but ... I generally look to Knitty for some above-and-beyond, some kinda excitement. Not here for me this time.
I did a sweater in that yarn and I can only wear it with something underneath covering every bit of exposed skin. Too bad, because the sleeves fit very close in the upper arm. Too itchy for me, too hot too. Thought I had a good thing going because of the price. YOur call, of course. And as Frew-Frew says, it's nice in the hand when you're working it, holds its shape well in the sweater. Wish I'd used it for a baggy design instead of closer fit. Good luck!
I share the pain of ladder and ribbon yarns. Had to make a sample from Lion's Incredible (now THERE"S a misnomer) for the store where I teach and thought I"d lose my mind. Twists, tangles, needle points get caught in the stuff, doesn't stretch, sort of like knitting with seam binding for you sewers ... Sadly, I'd much earlier bought 6 balls of the stuff for a project which stuff now languishes in my stash ... hey, I'll gladly add it to the Pile on the Pyre ... borrow your lighter, Zombi? Or maybe we could all add to The Pile, and invite the manufacturers of these horrors to be our guest at the lighting?
Yes, your mum will love it and hopefully you can move her to a wider appreciation of other yarns ... but I DO love the charm and bead additions!
wabbit, mine is extremely light, which is good since it's wool! I used the Volare from elann.com and DID need an extra ball. What yarn are you using that's so heavy? It's not a small sweater so you might want to re-think your yarn choice ...
Hi all. I teach knitting and crochet at both stores (which tells you what I'LL be doing this weekend!) -- and I know at the last Michaels knitting event, corporate had sent instructions on how the speed knitting was to be done. You get to cast on a stated number of stitches (they provide yarn and needles) and knit for 2 minutes. It's timed, the store rep has to provide the timer. At the end the number of stitches are counted. The one with the most stitches completed is the winner. No pattern, just stockinette as I recall.
Our store had NO ONE register for the knitting speed, and only one in the crochet. Wimpy.
At A.C. Moore we've got more freedom to be creative with projects and so on. I'm actually doing an entire table of charity knit and crochet, with information on the group I participate in. Walter Reed Army Hospital will also be there with a table, and we'll all invite customers to pick up an ongoing piece and knit a stitch, a row, or whatever they're inspired to do. WR is promoting afghans for the injured military. ACM provides yarn for the projects from their discounted, odd lots and ends of skeins, and some needles for folks to try things. Of course there's other knit and crochet demos going on as well. We always get a bunch of people on the knitting party days. Everyone is free to bring problem projects, ask questions, try to knit or crochet, etc.
These events at both stores really promote the continutation of the craft we all love! Kids get involved too.