Here it is! The very first post of my blog! Here I plan to talk about knitting, cooking, crafting, and perhaps other things too (books? movies? tv? music? hm… I’m interested in many things, so there’s no telling what I may come up with). In general, my idea is to write about things that one might do on their day off. Now, I know a lot of people do chores like laundry on their day off (I do too) but I hope to keep things a little more interesting by writing about activities one does for fun on their day off.
Currently, I’m working on two knitting projects. Today, I’ll tell you about the one I’ve been working on the longest, and next time I’ll tell you about the other. The first project is a Sleeveless Cardigan I’m making for myself. It’s from Vogue Knitting Fall 2009, pages 80 and 81. I’ve been working on it longer than I’d like to admit…off and on for about a year and a half. One reason it’s taking so long is the fact that it is almost all stockinette stitch, so, I get bored with it sometimes and have to take a break and work on something else for a while. I’m getting far enough along now though to see that it is turning out nicely. Plus, it feels as if I’m getting near the end, so, I’m re-energized about it. For yarn, the original pattern used Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Silk Purse, a sport-weight, 100% silk yarn. That sounded lovely, but I’m sure the price would be a bit prohibitive to me. So, I substituted…don’t laugh…Bernat Softee Baby in the His Jeans Ombre Color (a blue, green and white variegated) . And, so far, the pieces look pretty and feel very soft and cozy. The Bernat yarn is 100% acrylic, so I’ll probably miss out on the lovely draping qualities I’ve heard about silk. Hopefully, though, the finished sweater will hang alright and show off the pretty colors and the soft-yet-light fabric that all that stockinette has created. We shall see! I’ll post a picture of the pieces soon.