Friday, August 07, 2009

Moving Right Along...

On a world tour, well not exactly but in some ways better, it’s a world knitting tour, and the best part is that I don’t even have to leave my house, get on a plane, or renew my passport.

I just finished my Opium Poppy sweater designed by this girl in Poland (pattern here: ( The pattern is in very broken English but I was able to decipher the most important parts. As a matter of fact, her English is way better than my Polish so I think she did an excellent job of documenting her instructions.

The pattern did not include instruction for the sleeves so I just winged it and did raglan sleeves which worked out fine. I also changed the stitch pattern to one out of my Japanese Stitch Dictionary (Yo S1 K2 PSSO). I will try to get some pictures of the front tomorrow. Essentially this sweater is knit from the bottom up which mean no seaming…. Yeah!

I used Cotton Fleece yarn that I had purchased way back in the beginning of time when I first discovered that you didn’t have to buy yarn at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. This was my very first real yarn that actually had wool in it. I liked the way this stuff knit up and it is actually a pretty good yarn for a California sweater (mostly cotton -80% / wool 20%). I used several sizes of Options needles ranging from US #5 through #7.

Next stop on my staycation tour is Finland. I found this little gem (Pattern: ( one night while browsing Bloglines. Here is an example of the finished product:
I have some yummy red Malabrigo (Tiziano) sock yarn left over from a hat I made and I’m going to knit this pattern until this little ball of yarn runs out. I’m hoping it will be enough for a scarf big enough to wrap around my throat when it’s cold outside. I’m on the second repeat and so far it is a fun pattern, just complex enough to keep it interesting as I knit my way around the world.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Looks great! I'm so impressed you were able to work from a foreign pattern. Must see pics of front too please. :)