Friday, September 15, 2006

Fast growing Pine cones

On Sunday, I finished all the pieces for Sweet Pea. I couldn't wait to mend all the pieces together. However, the knitted pieces looked so wrinkled that I had to block them before attaching the sleeves. As you know, I often don't normally practice this step. ;) The weather wasn't a help at all as it had been raining for days around here. So without natural resources, I had to dry up my Sweet Pea pieces using a dehumidifier. I am satisfied with the smooth result. I don't see the creases anymore.


In meantime, I was allowed to start a new project. Here it's my fast growing Pine Cones cardi. As you can not see in the picture ( sorry, too much light), I am using the Bamboo yarn( Eden from Madil). This is a super soft yarn and the stitches glide well on the needles. It doesn't split as much as I thought it would, unless you unravell your work. It's necessary to be careful while knittitng as trying to fix little mistakes would make the yarn split. Besides that, there is a need to reinforce the tightness of the stitches. In my opinion, bamboo yarn feels similar to rayon, viscose and silk materials. Considering that these are their properties , my bamboo yarn can be rated as a very good one. Other than that, the knitted fabric is so malleable and cooling.


Despite the attention required while working with this bamboo yarn, my Pine Cones grew very fast. I was thinking that this yarn would be so adequate for summer tops. It would yield to a very refreshing and light garment. Thinking about fall knitting, I bought three lots of this kind of yarn in sets of 9 - 10 balls for long or 3/4 sleeves. So there is a need to choose designs that would require enough yarn that I don't end up with unused material. While excavating yarn in my "small hill" for a new project, I found several bags with leftover yarns from past projects. Unfortunately, the atmosphere was not as if I was finding unearthly antiques. Indeed, they were very unpleasant to my eyes. Someday, I'll need to think about a project to use them up. I only like to see unused yarn in it's mint condition. ;)

11 comments:

Siow Chin said...

Wow, your work is indeed going very fast and beautiful too! Have you tried the top-down method? It would be very useful when you're unsure of yarn amount. Recently, I donated my oddballs and leftovers to the local charity like elderly homes that knit winter items for the needy, maybe that's an option for your leftovers too?

opportunityknits said...

Really looking forward to seeing the finished sweetpea. I'm guessing that the sleeve is slightly flared? Your pine cones lace is so much clearer than in the mag. Thanks also for the information about the bamboo yarn, it sounds like something that I should try as it seems suitable for my weather here :)

Toni said...

Blocking made such a difference! Can NOT wait to see it finished. Also can NOT believe you just started Pine Cones and have gotten so far. I like bamboo yarn too.

joy said...

I've been rummaging in my oddball bags, and can't seem to part with any of it, even the bits with just a few yards. :-)

Can't wait to see sweet pea all done up; I love the color.

yuki said...

Love that delicate lace pattern on your Pine Cones cardi. Very elegant!

Have you considered knitting small accessory-type items with your leftover yarns?

yuvee said...

You're just so fast! I can't wait to find out how many skeins of Madil you end up using.

Peggy said...

Wow, the Eden yarn is knitting up beautifully. I have some in my stash too and don't know what to do with it @_@. I knit hats and striped vests with my leftover yarns. But then again, how many striped vests can one have?

sue said...

Your Pine Cone cardi looks so lovely, and I love reading your blog just to see all of those beautiful knitted items that you make. Your work always looks so professional.

Sally said...

Thanks for your kind concern. My ankle is better and raring to go looking for some yarn I hope. Your pine cone cardi is real nice!

Vivian said...

Wow!! You knit real fast!! Your sweet pea and pine cone looks great.

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