The buttons for my Silver Belle arrived this week. Once project manager always project manager I guess. I won’t need the buttons for some time yet, but it is important to plan ahead and make sure there’s no great show stoppers. It feels kind of nice to have them already! I just love the celtic touch and it will go really well with the cables on the cardigan.
My Silver Belle has been resting for a bit. I had a ruff start where I didn’t like the beginning and had to rip and work out my own way. And then of course the fact that every row contains a lot of stitches doesn’t contribute to speedy progress. My Silver Belle will take some time.
Last Wednesday we had out first knit café at the office with 6 of my colleagues joining in and before we were done another two had signed up for next time (whenever that will be…) I took on the role as instructor and between the instructing managed to make another one and a half row on my Silver Belle. It’s turning out really nice!
I got started on my Silver Belle and after 5 rows (approximately 2000 stitches) I realized that I had missed one B section (should I kick myself now or later?) Oh, well, I had also realized that I don’t like starting the cables on row 2 and that doing so messes up the bottom edge (and in the pattern it’s just left like that). Hmmmm.
It’s not thaaat bad, but on something I’m going to invest I don’t know how many hours, well, I’m just not satisfied.
So after a few days pondering I tried out a solution where I cast on 4 extra stitches for the B section cable and 2 extra stitches for each cable on the C section.
I’ve then decreased on the right side using the ssk and the k2tog, (once on row 2 for the C section and twice for the B section, i.e once on row 2 and once on row 4). In total 4 extra rows using the pattern except for decreases and skipping the cables. For the A and D section I made no changes, but skipped the cables on the 4 first rows.
This way I will keep the same shaping, but in a more controlled way. I just think this might work.
Yesterday my 9 skeins of Madelinetosh Chunky in Thunderstorm arrived and with a surprise yarn lotto ticket.
I scratched immediately and…
Yeah, I got a Malabrigo skein! (Tove and I both agreed the yarn lotto idea is a brilliant one).
Today I started my Silver Belle, naturally with the boring stuff first. After swatching and measuring I decided to go for the smaller size because even though I decreased the needle size to 4 mm my swatch was still slightly bigger than the pattern gauge.
I’ve now made some progress. Cast on and knit two rows. The yarn is lovely!
I’ve also had a chance to check out Eat.Sleep.Knit a bit more and they have some lovely yarn brands in stock. The site is easily navigated and the pictures are wonderful. I think I might have found a new favorite yarn shop! AND customs didn’t stop my package this time (woho)!
My fingers just clicked home an order of 9 skeins Madelinetosh Chunky. Ooops! Well, I have thought about it for ONE WHOLE DAY so it’s not all an impulse.
It began yesterday when I started thinking about knitting a cardigan or sweater or something and happened to find Silver Belle/Romy from Debbie Bliss. Love at first sight! Even if I was quite tired (I will have to blame that whole power outage morning escapade where I had to wash, dress and make myself ready in candle light…) I’ve concluded that I really WAS tired, because I didn’t see the free PDF pattern link and bought the book from Amazon. Oh, well!
I’ve now spent a whole day thinking about what yarn to use and finally decided that I’m too much in love with Thunderstorm from Madelinetosh to feel okay knitting with something else. I’ve never tried Chunky though, so some changes at least.
After some searches I found Eat.Sleep.Knit where they actually had enough Thunderstorm Chunky in stock and took it as a sign. I mean, it’s SOOO OBVIOUS. A yarn shop with cats in their logo, my selected yarn in stock and ships to Sweden = BUY IT!
I’m sooo excited! I wish I could start tomorrow. Perhaps I can start to decipher the pattern or something…
The pictures are from the Liliaceae shawl by Angelika Luidl that I did (in Thunderstorm). Look at that wonderful color!