Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer woolens

Hand knit Purl Bee Pebble Tank  |  Summer woolens on *sparklingly  |  http://sparklingly.blogspot.com
{  After taking these pics I re-blocked to make the top longer / acceptable to wear to work  }

Sure, it's technically summer, but if I managed to make and wear one wool knit top and survive,  why not another? I dug into the same stash of Peruvian wool that I bought earlier this year, choosing a pretty, hazy gray skein. It reminded me of the way the sky looks before summer lightning strikes, so it seemed the right choice for a knitted tank for this time of year.

Hand knit Purl Bee Pebble Tank  |  Summer woolens on *sparklingly  |  http://sparklingly.blogspot.com
{ Neckline / armhole detail  }

I finished 85% in one weekend, and then I hit a wall and took another two weeks to finish up the straps and block it into shape. Meanwhile, I kept my hands busy during Netflix-fueled evenings filling up our wicker dining table basket with these.

Hand knit Purl Bee Pebble Tank  |  Summer woolens on *sparklingly  |  http://sparklingly.blogspot.com
{  Rear detail—excuse the crazy hair...and bathroom shot  }

Now after all the napkins and tops, I need to switch gears to some wee baby bits. Perhaps a cardigan? A winter cap and bootie set? R has also taken to reminding me that it's been a long while since I've knit him something, so there's that to consider, too.

This is the best part—choosing what to make next. Although, strutting around from mirror to mirror when I'm home alone to check out all the angles of a finally-finished piece isn't so bad, either.

5 comments :

  1. J - you're breaking all kinds of common *conventions* for hand knits! tank tops... super fluffy napkins... what's next?!! -M

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    1. What a nice thing to say! Thank you, my dear!

      I started (and finished!) a baby cardigan last week, but I'm not thrilled with the results, so I plan to unravel it and redo! Me and my poor math skills and eagerness to plow ahead before thinking through my changes created a slightly non-proportionate result... :/

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  2. Since I read your blog - I have been wanting to knit/crochet. I know basic knitting but want to start do crochet- any tips? helpful videos?

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    1. How exciting! Check out VeryPink–she's got super clear "how-to" videos on her site and on her YouTube channel, and consider joining Ravelry—it's a great online community that functions like a portfolio so you can catalogue your projects and capture notes, keep track of your stash of yarn, needles, and "to-do" list of patterns AND (best of all) there's a great forum where you can ask people for help, which I did a LOT of when I started up again. I'm on there as "vesparossa". Come find me!

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  3. thank you J. i will def be looking those up :)

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XOXO,
J.