Why this journey?

I've been retired now for over a year. Husband has been sick but is now doing quite well with new pacemaker. I continue to knit and knit and crochet. Recently I became friends again with my sewing machine so you will see some of those projects, too. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Match dot com

I don't think there's a site -- yet -- that promises to match you with the best pattern / yarn combination for the item you wanna knit.  Maybe there's an app waiting to be released?

Matching site or not, we knitters 'just know' when we've got it right.

I've had this wonderful Heritage Cascade Superwash sock yarn for several months.  Original intent was to make a lovely neutral cardi, inspired by some of the classics of the 40's.  Then I found a pullover from Textured Stitches.  I think I made at least 5 swatches, cast on about 200 stitches, knit or ribbed a few rows -- and ultimately set them aside, every one.

Now I think I've got it!  (with apologies to Professor Henry Higgins?)

The Paravel Wrap from Tricksy Knitter.  It's just grand and surprise!  It calls for fingering weight yarn (I've got plenty of that!) and size US#6 needles, straight or circular.  The designer gives the how-to for making the shawl wider and longer.  Ssssshhh -- I didn't even swatch this one.

I've  only finished one border repeat (8 rows, repeated 12 times), but it's working up quite nicely.

This one's knit across the wrap, so there is a manageable number of stitches.  I added multiples of 8 so I'd have a nice wide wrap.  Each edge has a scalloped border and then one long side has the v-shape border you can see in the link picture.  In between is a rib section on each end and a basket-weave type pattern for body of the wrap.
On the iPad using GoodReader.  I'm marking rows and
counting repeats with bright green highlights.

This one's a match -- wrap and yarn will be perfect together.  Check out Tricksy Knitter and sign up for the blog.  You may just find one half of your own pattern / yarn match there.

General announcement of note to no one but knitters -- I cleaned my house.  You know, with a dust rag, and a vacuum cleaner, and glass cleaner.  This process also included mopping the kitchen wood veneer floor (great look, terribly high-maintenance.)  If you knit or do any sort of craft that is more fun than cleaning you'll 'get it' that this is a momentous announcement.

But the BIG announcement of the day is the Match dot Com that resulted in a pattern / yarn combination that will be absolutely wonderful.  I can hardly wait to wear it.

1 comment:

  1. I've been following her husband Charles on G+ for a while. She has some awesome patterns, and he's got some awesome role-playing and computer stuff going on. I'm sure your wrap will be as beautiful as the pictures.