So even though I don’t blog here as often as I used to, I still knit. And sometimes, when I get a wild hair, I actually take pictures of my projects.
We got a copy of New England Knits several months before the book came out and I was completely in love. I’ve honestly become part of the group of knitters who rarely buys books or magazines anymore, preferring to purchase single patterns (not surprising, given my job I guess). But this book…I had to have it. I found at least a dozen projects that I immediately wanted to cast on. It’s like my dream book.
When you’re sad, there’s really nothing like casting on something quick out of Malabrigo. Even better, having cute birdie buttons to put on it. This is the Brattleboro Hat, super quick & easy and lifted my spirits immediately. Awesome buttons are from Blue Manatee Buttons, of which I have way too many of now – they are all so adorable. I need to find more projects to put them on.
I had a hard time picking my next project. I finally settled on Salem Hooded Jacket.
I had some Swish Bulky in Merlot Heather that was intended for another project but I decided I wasn’t in love with the project anymore. And I loved this sweater – a hoodie with pockets! Best of all, it’s called Salem – while I have no idea which Salem they mean, Salem MA has always been one my favorite places. So that’s what it refers to in my mind.
I found some really awesome buttons at Twisted too.
There were a couple of odd things – the sleeves are much wider than how they appear in the photo in the book. I had gauge & everything but they end up being bell sleeves. I don’t really mind, but if I was to do this again, I would probably start with fewer stitches & a smaller needle size. The length is also the same for all sizes. I added a couple of inches to them, and they are
The other is the hood – it’s also the same size for all sizes. Well I have a huge head (“That’s a huge noggin. That’s a virtual planetoid!”) so after trying it on, I wasn’t happy with it. So I added a few more inches too it & am much happier.
A couple of other small mods – I slipped the first stitch on each side of the body, intending to pick them up & added an icord bind off like my Central Park Hoodie. But when I finished, I liked it how it was without it. Pockets I think ended up being smaller than the pattern – I did them like Rooibos but I don’t think I knit long enough. But they are big enough for small items, which is all I need them for.
Overall, I’m really pleased with it. Plus it only took me about 3 weeks! It’s been a remarkably cool summer (not complaining, especially after the Hell On Earth last summer) Not quite cool enough to wear this regularly yet, but I think this will be worn quite a bit this fall & winter.
It’s Capra, our new cashmere/merino blend yarn, which I absolutely love. (yes, there’s even quotes from me on the new yarn page about it.) And I love this color – generally I’m not drawn to orange, but I am more & more and this is the most perfect color (it’s called Tiger Lily). I’m hoping to finish this one pretty quickly – I’m hoping to photograph it on my Seattle holiday at the end of September…with my guy. I hope. Fingers crossed.