Endings and Beginnings

Birdwatcher Sweater from Casapinka

Finishing a project gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. I love seeing whether my vision of combining yarn weight, color, design, and pattern is realized. I just finished my The Birdwatcher sweater. It is a summer sweater I knitted with La Jolla from Baah Yarn and it came out pretty much as I had envisioned it. I wanted a soft variation in color and the hand-painted solid, Glacier, hit the mark. If you are looking for a terrific sweater to knit and want a little encouragement, then think about enrolling in Paula’s Summer Sweater Class beginning June 24. This sweater features a textured pattern, short rows, and a three needle bind off. You will have all the support you need to knit sweater in the round from the bottom up — guidance on reading the pattern, help fixing mistakes, and a great online social group.

As I was finishing the neck and sleeve edges, I was already considering my next project. The arrival of a friend’s new baby in combination with the need for an on-the-go project made the decision simple, A Billy’s Girl Flared Cardigan, by Alma Mahler. This baby sweater is as about as girly as it gets with a flared bottom. I have knitted it once before and really enjoyed knitting the little slip stitch cables. No cable needle is needed — you just can hold the single stitch cable with your finger. Watch how to do this in the video below by Suzanne Bryan.

I selected Sueno DK the same yarn I used the last time that I knitted A Billy’s Girl Flared Cardigan.   It is a yummy soft blend of superwash merino wool and bamboo.  The yarn is a pleasure to knit and shows off the stitch definition of the wee cables perfectly.  Worked from the top down with raglan sleeves and no seams, it is fun and interesting to knit. 

I casted on stitches and established my pattern last night. I am glad that I did. It took some concentration. Now the stitch markers are in and I am ready to travel. Since this is a car trip, I have room for all my supplies (don’t forget extra stitch markers).

If you are looking for a yarn for a baby blanket or gift, I would try Sueno DK and Nako Denim Yarn.  Nako Denim is worsted weight and a 60% cotton/40% acrylic blend.  This is another yarn that has great stitch definition that shows off cables and decorative stitchwork.  It feels soft and is machine washable, which is terrific for children’s garments and blankets.  Of course, don’t forget to consider another machine washable yarn, Encore ( 75% acrylic / 25% wool) when knitting for kids. This yarn is available in lots of colors including variegated, tweeds, heathers, and solids.

I am looking forward to warmer days in Estes Park and wearing The Birdwatcher. I am also excited about starting my newest project.  Beginnings and endings are the best.