SPOILER: There is a photo at the bottom of this post, of the 50/50 cashmere/silk top colors mailed out to Spinning Club Members yesterday. So, don't scroll to the bottom if you don't want to see!
Ok, so last post I wrote about my Olympic projects. Of course, my plans have changed (I'm still suffering from KADD, apparently). I decided that a new sweater was in order ...
I finished my Porom Tam (started during the Opening Ceremonies, finished the next evening). This Great Northern Yarns Mink/Cashmere yarn is SO nice to work with, that I had to keep going with it (since what I would really like to do is roll around naked in this yarn, I am thinking the more practical and attractive thing to do is knit myself a sweater).
Here is my DD in the Tam (she's way cuter than me and takes a much better photo):
Upon finishing the Tam, I just needed to keep knitting with this yarn. The Cormo/Silk and drumcarded batts just wouldn't do (they're both nice, but they're not mink OR cashmere, and they aren't ready to knit with yet, either). So, I searched out a pattern for a sweater, and came upon Baby Cables and Big Ones Too by Suvi Simola (or, as Clara would say, Dribbling Cables). Love this pattern, and cast on on Monday night.
I've gotten this far since then:
That's the cute little cable at the neck, finished. I really like this pattern, because it's top down (so I can try it on now and then) and no seams (I usually revise sweater patterns so there is little or no seaming, and was happy to find a pattern already written like this, since speed is important right now).
Will I finish this sweater in less than two weeks? Probably not, because I get hand issues when I knit too much without a break. But I'll make a valiant effort, and it is on size 6 needles which aren't too horribly small, so who knows, I may just get it done. I'll at least get it well on the way to being done ... and once I'm done with the cables, it should fly ...
In other news, the first shipment of the 2010 Handspinning Club went out yesterday. This first shipment was supposed to be 50/50 merino/silk, but that blend was backordered, so the club is starting off with a bang, with the 50/50 cashmere/silk instead. Clubbers got to pick a color from 5 color choices, and here they are:
From left to right: Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Spirit. I *think* there may be extra of all colors but Fire. Haven't decided whether to offer them for sale (this is, after all, quite expensive fiber) or do some sort of Club Contest with them. So, stay tuned for that decision.
Ok, off to knit!