Saturday, February 25, 2006

In search of knitting fairies

I've been so unlucky with my knitting lately! Nothing seems to be working...:(
So I think I am in need of help, from knitting fairies? I haven't given up yet but taking things a part are not fun but rather frustrating. I thought my latest lilac (lavender?) cardi was coming up nicely but the front turned out so skinny. I tried to stretch it and convincing myself that an additional border would help until the reality was so obvious.
I started another project on Monday with hopes to regain my confidence. It just happened that on Sunday, I found Jaeger Luxury Tweed on sale . It was a difficult task to choose a color as all their shades are so pretty. I almost walked out with two colors but with some control I only bought a bag of China Pink which reminds me of cotton candy, so soft and yummy. As usual, I could not wait to knit with the new yarn and this time I had a good excuse to knit it right away as I had no major WIP, at least not any working well.
I used double yarn and Japanese needle size 10 ( 5mm ) as advised by the saleslady. I don't enjoy so much thick yarn but the idea of a quick knit wasn't so bad after all. I started with the usual back side and the first attempt turned out very big and I had to unravel it. Sighs, no knitting fairy around! I just had to start it again and with positive thinking I got this far:

The design is from a Japanese book "Sweater Collection" published in 2003. It looks like to be a reprint because the cut of the patterns look somehow outdated.

Right now, I am a bit worried about the uneven border formed by the big leaves. Hopefully, the ribbed border will help to straight it out.
It's definitely a winter cardi, I wonder how it would knit as a single strand. One thing that i didn't enjoy much was the fact that a lot of white hair were shedding all over. I would not advise this yarn if you are an allergic person. I am hoping that it will stop eventually.

As I don't know the existence of any knitting fairies, I'll hope that these flower fairies extent their luck to my knitting!

Here is a close up,

I simply adore my new fairies. Did you notice the left one is a tulip fairy and the right orange one is a hawthorn fairy? I have been searching for them for a long time and to my surprise I found them a month ago just nearby a yarn shop. I was waiting for the yarn shop to open and while window shopping the nearby stores I spotted these figurines. As I only had heard about it from my sister I had no visual clues. Indeed, I found my flower fairies and I hope they will double as my knitting fairies too! ;)

6 comments:

joy said...

Maybe you have to leave cookies and milk for them to come?

Love that pink color, I'm sure the fronts will even out with blocking!

erin said...

Your new pink yarn looks very soft and you've chosen a nice leaf pattern for it. Don't worry, the button band will sraighten out the leaf border. And those fairies are sweet.

knitties said...

Your new project looks great and I think the front borders will even out after a round of blocking. Your fairies are cute too!

candsmom said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the lavender cardi! It was so pretty, too. But, your pink sweater is gorgeous and looks wonderful! I don't think you'll need any fairies here as it's turning out beautifully. ;-) Your fairy collection is so cute! Can't wait to see the completed sweater... take care and have a great weekend, Mimi! :-)

Doreen said...

Cheer up, your new cardigan looks great in cotton candy. I'm sure after blocking and the ribbed border the border will straight out.

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