Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Next project: red lacy cardi

Red Yarn #1

Red Yarn #2

Oh you guys! No, seriously, you guys! Thanks so much for all the knitting love on the green dress - it totally, absolutely made my day. It's one of those weird sorta-summer sorta-not days here, but tomorrow an icy chill is heading our way, so you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be wearing my dress. Arctic blasts? Pah, I say - there's 14 balls of superfine merino in that baby!

Whenever I'm close to the finishing line on a knitted project, I like to spur myself on a little to reach the end. Alas, Olympic-sized stadiums full of knitting fans cheering me on are sadly lacking around these parts, so I do the next best thing: I jump on my bike and ride on over to Sunspun, and get myself some new yarn. Although I forbid myself from starting a new project until the current one is completed, just the sight of those lovely, unwound balls of yarn is often enough to send me into a frenzy of finishing. Hey, a knitters gotta do what a knitters gotta do!

This lovely red bamboo/viscose blend (Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK) is going to become a cute little lacy cardi for the Tyger to wear over summer, to stop her shoulders getting sun burnt. After my last 14 ball project, 4 measly balls feels like a total walk in the park! Especially since I'm finished the first one already.

(I'll just gloss over the fact that the knit- and purl-behind-the-loop stitch repeat is doing my head in, and totally ruining my knitting flow. Gah. Just as well this is going to be a small cardigan...)

What's on your needles? Any summer knitting planned? Would it be naughty of me to tell you that Sunspun has a sale on for two weeks, beginning on the 15th September? Just in time for the school holidays... I feel an excursion with the Tyger coming on!

*****UPDATE: The cardigan in question is Sirdar Pattern # 1325. Cute, huh?*****


  1. Love a red lacy cardigan! Could you please let me know the pattern as my daughter may love it too?

  2. Oops, sorry Rachel - link added in now!

  3. damn it all. with all this yarn porn going on, you're going to force me into knitting this winter.

  4. Lady, do you have some sort of secret engine inside of you? When do you have time for all of this????? I fell in love with your green dress so much that I now want to knit one for myself! Not the same since it'll never look even half as good as yours. I am still searching for a pattern I like. Winter is slowly approaching where I live and a woolen dress will be more than necessary! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Thewallina, I'll tell you my secret - we don't have a tv. Hence all those hours that I might have found myself wasting in front of the box are devoted to craft, glorious craft.

    Or sleep. Girl needs her sleep!

  6. That's an amazing red. And that yarn is beautiful to knit with - I'm making a jumper with the purple colourway at the moment.

  7. I love this yarn. Love the shine, love the feel, love how the fabric feels. I've knitted with it three times, but boy does it G R O W. And now I hope you're not frowning. Truly, I'm not trying to curse your cardy!

  8. Thanks for the tip re the sunspun sale!

    The green dress looked amazing!!! I'm in awe of your knitting prowess



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