We were headed to a grown-up’s birthday party, with whiskey in mind for our gift, but wanted to wrap it in a unique way. Found the Cable Knit Wine Cover and Scottish whiskey needs a sweater, in my opinion.
The first try was an off-white one from Cascade 220 “Superwash” which felted. I like to wash a gift before I give it so I know it will hold up and just to make sure it’s clean and all of that. I think this company may have changed hands or something. I love the yarn feel and colors, but the Cascade 200 Superwash ALWAYS felts on me over the last few years and it’s WAY thinner now. So I won’t be buying anymore of that.
Second try was Red-Heart Super Saver in gold, which was fine because it actually matched the black and gold bottle. he liked it, so all was good.
As far as the felted one goes – I may use it for an eye glass case. THAT’S HOW SMALL IT BECAME!
Yesterday I completed my Camp Loopy 2013 challenge. The Gaia cardigan in Cascade 200 superwash. The price is around $11 a skein, but for the rich colors, I feel it’s a reasonable price for wool (not ‘yarn’). Sure, I could save a lot of money using craft store acrylics (I call these ‘yarn’), but for me they tend to be too hot for where I live. The Cascade wools breathe and feel more comfortable and they have so many colors available in this easy care washable wool.
My modifications: I only used 3 buttons, Used seed stitch instead of reverse stockinette and then extended the sleeves to 3/4 by adding more rows and doing a few increases when the mood hit me to taper them.
The fit was spot on and I know I will get a lot of use from it.
I’m allergic to new and unwashed Noro – badly. So, of course I must make a Noro sweater while I have a sinus infection. Makes sense – right?
So, sneezing, wheezing and coughing this was Sunday’s progress. Notice I forgot to make button holes, so I found 2 great links ( one from TECHknitting and another from AnnyPurls) that will be very helpful. I LOVE THESE BUTTONS! They are Czech glass, found online somewhere over the years and I’m finally going to get to use them. Very exciting.
This was a fun pattern, the Common Ground hoodie, and I chose Cascade 200 regular (yes, the felting kind because I live on the edge). I had 10 skeins in plain whit and really wanted to use them for something big. If I get a stain or spot, I will just dye it if it’s still wearable.
The pattern was nice, and not boring. I started the hood, then reconsidered it. I couldn’t imagine that much warmth when it’s 85° outside. I may regret it on that one winter day we get here, but I think it will be ok.
Once it’s finished blocking, I will snap a better photo.