Love the slouchy sleeves!
Finally I have some photos of my finished Mandel! Yes they are bathroom night shots but hopefully you can still see it well enough. The yarn did indeed start to grow after blocking and some wearing, perhaps I should have stuck with the smaller needles afterall but it is still nice and comfy all slouchy like and I am loving the long sleeves. I might redo my neckline with fewer stitches and a tighter bind off to keep it from growing too large.
Yay the shoulder pleats show up better after blocking!
The next time I knit this I will do the saddles on a smaller needles from the rest of the sweater and maybe even knit the size down just for the saddle as I have tiny shoulders. I will also not do the extra rows after the body increases so that the underarm is a little tighter to my armpit.
Check out those side pleats!
One of my favorite details in this pattern is the faux seam carried along the sleeves. Isn’t it pretty?
Nice and tidy faux seam!
I love this sweater and the sheen in the yarn is really pretty in person, sorry I could not get it in the photos.
Thanks again to Anke for letting me test knit this pattern. The Mandel pattern is up and available on Ravelry now so go check it out and knit one too!
Check out the pretty stitch markers I got this weekend. They are from Hiya Hiya and I love them!
They come with an equally pretty little case to keep them in, I just could not resist.
I have been working on this loverly test knit for the Mandel pattern for Anke. I really love the classic design and the subtle details in the pattern (ooh pleats! and a saddle shoulder!). The silk I am using is very drapey so I worry that it may grow once done, but currently the fit is great and I bound off tightly in case it helps. I think this would be cute with any length sleeve as I saw when trying it on as I went along, however I am going to go all the way and stick with the original this time around. I am dreaming of making another already as is so common with other test knitters in the group. It is very interesting to see how different and still flattering it is in different yarns and with different amounts of ease. I think skinny stripes would be fun! I also think I want to try it in something like Rowan Kid Silk Haze. Ok I should stop day dreaming about another when I still have a sleeve to go with this one Almost there!
The combination of pattern and yarn have really thrown me back into the whole knitting thing. I have been struggling to get my mojo back for some time now and this got me going. Thank you Anke for designing and writing up such a great pattern! With the start of this project I have also decided to commit myself to fewer projects at one time, and be monogamous when it comes to works in progress. Crazy talk for me I know but it seems to be the only way for me to finish anything. So I pretend I have no stash and that is helping. Ok really now back I go to my Mandel sleeve. Ciao!
Look look I finished knitting something that fits and I love! Yay, these are the Fletcher Mittens and I made them with some awesome Mushishi yarn to match my pom pom hat I made awhile back. I love them, did I mention that yet? They fit great and are nice and warm, so I wear them every day right now!
Not surprising to see more snow pics, but I had these from a couple storms ago this year, so here you go!
Yup we put those giant icicles to good use in our little ice garden we call Icehenge. It continues to grow due to that little ice storm we had the other day. Man those were some serious icicles we had going on, much bigger than in my pics here but alas I was not out photographizing that day. Makes ya feel like some hot cocoa doesn’t it? And of course I have not had one decent cup this whole season. it might be time this weekend to whip some up at long last, ok off to buy me some marshmellows!
So I am taking a shot at knitting again. I never really stopped but I have barely been knitting, and certainly not focused on finishing anything for some time now. So of course now I have hit knitting trauma, everything I have tried to pick up I could not remember where I was, and things I start anew seem to go all wrong. But soon I will have a new finished project that I can wear and will wear all the time. That will be the fletcher mittens I am working on.
But for now I am showing you my really pretty and yet totally going to rip out fingerless gloves
. I got the yarn and started them while visiting Carolyn and all seemed pretty good, but then they were loose so I have already ripped back once. I just can not stand how it feels to have such a long glove on my arm, so I know I will never wear them, plus it is a bit too big at the wrist which is fine if it were loose all over but just there it will make my OCD go into overdrive so I can not have that. But here is a shot of them before they are gone forever
I have decided to pitch in late to this good cause. Am frantically searching for some red yarn in the stash and going to get started right away.
Deadline for mailing is December 15th so I better get a move on
Picked up a really old project the other day. I believe I started this back in 2004 according to my old notes. Wow! I was almost halfway through at that point, and now I am about 65% done. It is going quickly and was easy to get back into which was a relief. I am hoping to have a really nice lapghan soon
say hi to our first live house plant! we call him wasabi-sai. so tiny. we let him stay inside and just bring him out to play when it is nice out.
and how cute is this mini knit basket?
Yep, I still knit a bit. It’s just a simple sock but I like it anyway.