Posts Tagged ‘Knitters’ Almanac’

I was lucky to have a couple of balls left over from my February Lady Sweater.  I whipped up a quick February Baby Sweater -the sweater that started it all.   This is my favourite go-to baby sweater, especially if I know the baby is to be a girl.  It’s knit from the top down and practically seamless.  I made Ella a couple of these and they fit so nicely and are super quick.  This sweater is in the Knitter’s Almanac.

You may think this is crazy, but this sweater is getting put away for Ella’s babies.  I have a couple of baby surprise jackets finished to put away too.

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You may have noticed that I love, love, love Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns.   So much so that I even bought another copy of The Knitter’s Almanac the last time we were in Toronto.  It’s the commemorative edition and has great new pictures.  It’s also in hard cover and likely to last longer than my original paperback one.  I can’t encourage you enough to pick up this book if you love to knit.  There’s a pattern for just about everything, and Elizabeth is so encouraging.  She wants you to be a fearless knitter and learn that you don’t have to be tied to a pattern.

The best part of the new edition is the February Baby Sweater (best baby girl sweater ever) has been turned into a February Lady Sweater.   I couldn’t wait to get this started and the trip to Picton was a great start.  Well here it is!!!!  I was finished by the next Tuesday -yep, a sweater in one week.  It is such an easy knit.  I made one main change.  Instead of the row of eyelet increases, I continued the raglan increases until there were enough stitches.    It fits wonderfully.  Since it’s made from the top down that means the sleeves and body are the right length for me.

I used some old yarn that I’ve been hanging on to for a very long time.  It’s leftover from another sweater but I’ve been waiting for the right pattern.  The yarn came from Eatons and was their lovely Lady Fair.  Yes I know it’s acrylic but it’s beautiful.  And sometimes you need an easy to care for sweater that won’t make you itchy.  It’s ‘sayelle’ sized wool.  The gauge sizing is my only complaint with this sweater pattern.  In her chapter about aran sweaters,  Elizabeth Zimmerman complains about the habit of sweater designers/companies saying ‘certain number of stitches over pattern‘.  This is such a hard way to measure gauge.  It is easier to match gauge given over stocking stitch.  Well, the pattern gauge is given over the lace pattern.  I used a 4 1/2mm circular (as suggested by my yarn).   I used about 10 50g balls.  I don’t know for sure because a couple of the balls were part-balls left from the other sweater.

I’m probably going to make myself another sweater out of some ‘real’ wool.  I’ll likely wait until the next time we’re in Bowmanville and see what new loveliness Tina has in store.  This sweater would be luxurious in a merino/alpaca blend.

Go make yourself one.  You won’t be disappointed!


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I thought I’d show you all my haul from the weekend  🙂  As usual, we got to Bowmanville in time to go to my favourite yarn shop, Soper Creek Yarn.  Tina always has a great selection of wool and most at very reasonable prices.  I always stock up when we are down south.

We’ll start at the top right.  That red (which is a nicer red in person) and the pattern behind it are for a nice little shrug for Ella.  The yarn is a wool blend.  Next come two different colours of Kroy for socks, the blue is likely for my MIL.  Next comes the beautiful yarn that ‘Colin’ got me for our anniversary.  It is alpaca/merino/silk/nylon and just gorgeous.  I’m going to make myself a sontag.  It’s like a shawl that buttons on, it’s from the civil war era.

The last two things didn’t come from Tina’s.   Do any of you know who the Yarn Harlot is?  She a knitting writer and has a blog too.  Well she’s mentioned going to a yarn store called Lettuce Knit.  We went there on Saturday, it’s in the Kensington Market area of Toronto.  It’s a very historic part of Toronto, filled with very interesting people.  Ella picked out the variegated pink merino.  I don’t know what I’ll make with it, it’s rather fine, but I will think of something.  I also bought the commemorative edition of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitters’ Almanac.  It’s one of my favourite books.  They have redone the example pictures and they are in colour this time.  There is even a bonus pattern.  My favourite baby sweater pattern (February sweater) has been made into a ladies sweater.  I can’t wait to get started on that.

Lots of knitting fun ahead of me.

Speaking of anniversary presents….  I finally got Colin’s sweater finished.  I won’t tell you how long ago I started this sweater, but I finished it for our 7th anniversary (wool).  It fits Colin really well and looks great.  Now he just has to remember to wear it once in a while  -ha ha!

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