Today, I gave in to a temptation and bought more wool for knitting. I now have two brand new projects, a shrug type thing in dark turquoise Kid Silk Haze
which is a beautifully soft fine fluffy mohair yarn and a light lacy jumper which is going to be knitted in bamboo, which is a very strange idea. The jumper is No 6 on this page
and the yarn I've chosen is similar in colour to the one shown.
The jumper was meant to be knitted in silk. However, they didn't have any in stock, it's quite expensive (and yarn is silly expensive anyway), and I've knitted with silk before and it is an absolute pain! It's very pretty but it ties itself in knots if you so much as look at it. So, I've substituted bamboo yarn which has a similar sheen and defined strands but seems easier to work with. Plus - bamboo
! Like pandas eat!
The jumper looks good and hopefully I've learnt from the mistakes of the previous jumper. Those were basically to
- chose the right material (I used wool for a sleeveless jumper- if it's warm enough to have no sleeves, it's too warm for wool!)
- to keep trying it on to make sure it fits.
The pattern is mostly a repeating lacy pattern. It's quite simple so I should be doing it automatically pretty quickly. The only downside is that it is knitted as separate pieces, back and front and then sewed up. I hate
sewing up so I'm trying to work out if I can convert it to knitting in the round (which cuts out the need to do the side seams and possibly even grafting the shoulders together like you do for the toe of a sock.
Can any of the knitters on my flist advise me if this is a good idea or not? I'll need to use stitchmarkers to keep track of back and front but it's a 6 stitch repeating lace pattern so I should know if I lose a stitch and the pattern starts to drift. I'm a little worried that it may be more difficult to correct the size if it's wrong because I will have so much to rip out.
I will be taking one or the other down to Bifest with me to knit at the crafty bit.Edit
Arse. Just discovered that the gauge is very off and my gauge swatch is looking way too big. I can reduce the size of the needles but I quite like the feel of the fabric at this gauge. I may need to mess about with the pattern to get the right size. That's more interesting but a bit risky in case it's all goes wrong.