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April 19, 2007

From Susan — A Little Vittadini, Please

Filed under: Vittadini Nicole 1 in Silk — lv2knit @ 11:30 pm

My brain has been marinating the last three days in computer training — egads!!  I’m in a total vegetative state. 

One nice break in the computer action is that I took my lil silk top along for the ride.  The other night I had to rip the whole thing out.  It was 5″ too big around and the knitting was sloppy.  It did not look good at all — so much for gauge swatches (“We don’t need no stinkin’ swatches!”).  I also did not like the stockinette hem — the roll thing was not attractive.  So, I started over and opted for 4×4 ribbing instead.  I went down a few sts and a needle size and I think it’s going to be fine.  It is hard to tell from the picture but it is kind of pretty in person.  The silk has a lovely sheen.  I also like the hardiness of this yarn.  I ripped it out twice so far and it looks like new.  It is much easier to knit on the smaller needles so this has become a great carry around project.

Vittadini Pattern Book 27 (Nicole 1, adapted) in Mulberry Silk, US size 6 needles

I’m still debating about my bigger, at-home project.  I started swatching a lace jacket from the recent issue of Knitter’s but it may not be “the one.”  There is always the alluring Bohus to think about!

Tonight was Knit Night.  Kind of a small group tonight, but great just the same.  Several of my peeps are making dishcloths with a US state on them — out of Sugar ‘n Cream.  Here is the link for the patterns.  They are kind of cute. 

Tomorrow afternoon Meg Swanson will be hanging out at the Yarnery from about 2-4 pm.  She’s in town for Yarnover, which is on Saturday.  I’m really looking forward to it, but I have a lot to do to get ready.



  1. Er, did the Continental Design lose its place in the queue?

    I’ve been sort of avoiding handpainted yarn because of the pooling and flashing “problem” but that one seems to be behaving very nicely.

    Did I see the word … lace? No, I don’t think the family needs a 12 step program … yet 😉

    Comment by Marina — April 20, 2007 @ 8:04 am

  2. From Susan — Yes, so far the silk has a nice, even speckled appearance. However, I’m knitting in the round at this point. When I get to the armhole shaping I’ll switch to back and forth knitting. It will pool differently, but I don’t care. I am always going to be wearing this under something, so the body of it will always be hidden.

    Comment by lv2knit — April 20, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  3. Sorry I missed last night. A last minute SNAFU with the girls and rides. I too am between big projects although I did start the “Clementine” shawlette from the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits issue. I’m using the Knit Picks’ Alpaca Cloud in “Mist”. Also started a felted purse for a church silent auction. See you on Sat. at Yarn Over. I am bringing a friend from my Wed. night knitting group.

    Comment by Lynne — April 20, 2007 @ 8:32 am

  4. Susan- I’m at that point- trying to decide on a big project, working secondary
    projects in between.

    Sounds like you have a great fiber community where you live. I’d go just to see Meg Swansen.

    Comment by Lorraine — April 20, 2007 @ 9:01 am

  5. I need to swatch for a new project myself. I bought 10 skeins of DK thinking it would be enough for a cardigan, and it might be, but — only if I’m very careful with the selection.

    Comment by AuntieAnn — April 20, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  6. I hate having to be careful.

    Comment by surly — April 20, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

  7. So – the lace jacket… is it the Loden Mist maybe? It’s gorgeous!

    Bohus or Loden Mist? What decisions a knitter must make!

    Comment by Denise~ — April 20, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

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