Sweaters in the summer

finished coda-2I’m pretty thrilled with my SSKAL 2014 project, Coda.  The sweater is a lovely Brooklyn Tweed pattern, by the talented Olga Buraya-Kefelian.  The yarn is Cascade 220 (one of my all time favorite workhorse wool yarns) in Summer Sky, an apt name for a summer sweater project. It’s been crazy stinkin’ hot here in Arkansas, but surprisingly the weather was in the low to mid 60’s for part of the day yesterday and today, and I got to actually wear this for a few hours yesterday.  Amazingly good timing to finish. finished coda-3I adore this pattern.  It has impeccable little details, like tubular cast ons and bind offs that make it look really polished.  It’s reversible, which is very cool.

finished coda-4I sort of wish I had made the smaller size, at least somehow in the top piece, because the yoked side (with the curved arch) seems to have more material than necessary at the top and can look a bit balloonish if I don’t keep my shoulders back. finished codaMaybe I can just think of it as extra incentive to work on my posture.  This was a very fun and engaging knit.  I’d put it at a 3.5 out of 5 skill-level wise.  There are lots of areas of stockinette where you can tune out and relax a bit, but the cables pull you back in and keep you on your toes, as well as the raglan and yoke shaping for the top piece.  Luckily, the pattern included row by row instructions for some of the trickier parts, so you can follow along with a row counter easily.  finished coda-5I can’t wait for more chilly weather to wear this!

One sleeve at a time

If some knitting can be done in pairs, I usually do so.  I always knit socks in pairs, and I almost always do the same for sleeves.  This time I changed my mind.  coda-6The sleeves are simple enough and could be done two at a time, but I have several projects going where I’m pulling from both ends of a wound ball and I get tired of untwisting it, so I decided to just do these one at a time and avoid that on this project.  Much of the raglan/yoke shaping is tracked row by row in the pattern, so it will be easy to keep things identical.

coda-7This sweater is making me long for colder weather.

Warning: Cables and short rows are highly addictive

Coda has captured my attention for quite a few evenings this week. It’s my SSKAL14 project this year, and it’s delightful to knit. It was smooth sailing through the stockinette. I threw in an extra waist decrease and knit an extra 3/4″ length for my 37″ bust size.  Then I got to the cables and really fell in love. coda cables-3Especially when the cables turn into an arch with short rows. I just want to keep going and going and finish the section. I will be a little sad when they’re over. coda cablesThis is definitely a knit where I’m soaking up lots of pleasure from the process. I highly recommend the pattern.

SSKAL14 begins!

The yarn came Monday afternoon!  Now I can turn this: 

summer skyinto this for this year’s Summer Sweater KAL. The yarn is Cascade 220 in Summer Sky heather, one of the most truly gorgeous yarns my eyes have beheld. codaMmmm.

coda-2Though the unstretched ribbing looks like a sweater fit for a child, it does indeed fit over my hips. I tested it just to be sure.  I’m making the 37″ size and I might add a tad more waist shaping than called for in the pattern, but it looks like it will be an interesting part of the journey when I get to the top, and in the meantime, the subtle heathered blues will enchant me.  The KAL started a week ago, so I’d better get going!  I have a couple of secret projects that may slow me down, but I’ll make time for the beautiful Coda.

The teeniest of sneak peeks

Though I wish I was casting on for the Summer Sweater KAL right this moment since it starts today, it will be a couple of days until I am able to do so.  In the meantime, I’m finishing up a little surprise something for a friend.  This is as much as I can show you because the object is still a secret. surprise

Also, the yarn I ordered for my SSKAL Coda is in the mail rather than in my hands.  I found some Summer Sky Heather Cascade 220 on sale and couldn’t resist getting it.  I had been planning on using more of the Pyrite Heather I used on our family sweaters from last year, but I just couldn’t bring myself to knit with it again so soon.  I used it on a Beatnik for last year’s SSKAL and while I love the color, I felt I needed something brighter for now.  I have some Cascade 220 in Straw and Provence in my stash, but those are in larger quantities than I need on this sweater, so I want to save them for Stranger Cardigan  and September Morn.  Both of those sweaters are on my fall/winter sweater queue, but Coda will likely be worn sooner in the season, so it gets to be my SSKAL project.  Luckily, for this I don’t have to worry about swatching because I’ve knit several sweaters in Cascade 220 on a size 7 needle that get me 4.5 sts an inch, so I get to cast on Coda as soon as the yarn hits my doorstep!