Last Thursday, after playing my mix & match of yarns and designs, I finally settled down with this design from World Knitting spring/summer 2005.
I was looking for something away from my usual laces patterns that I knit for this time of the year. I had cables in mind, and sure I found one with plenty of it! :) Did you notice how many cables are in this design?
In my stash I found a set of 7 balls of a red cotton yarn. It is an Italian yarn named Filatura Di Grignasco - Colorado and 100% cotton. The recipe uses needle size 5 but I decided to go for size 4 (3.5 mm) since the border is 163 stitches and my yarn is thin. Knitting the border was not fun , specially the consecutive cables. I should had known it! I could see it clearly in the design. ...( But I wanted to knit it!) Then the decreases came, more than 30 sts down, going to 131 . um...That's more close to my normal 100- 120 sts for my tops. Working up more, there were the zig zag cables, not so difficult but needed attention and counting through the diagram. To my surprise, after a few repeats of the pattern, things came much smoother. And yesterday, I finished the back side . I tried to take at least 20 pictures and here is my best shot. The color is not so dark, it's more a coral red. I had to enhance the color of the photo, so that the stitches would be more visible. ( the background is my bedroom rug, and is off white not blue ). And I named it as "Coral Cables"! ( double click on the picture to enlarge it)
And last, going back to T. Waves, thanks everyone for the encouraging comments! It feels goooood! And to prove it, here is a picture of me wearing T. Waves. I am a bit shy to show myself here, specially that I have put some extra weight this year. After taking several shots (my photographer , 2nd son, was patient enough! :) ), I was able to select this photo here:
OK, right? Um, maybe I lost some pounds? ??? Hopefully it's true! Ask my son, and he will tell you that the credit is on the photographer! :)