Friday, May 1, 2020
Sage Blooms and Winter Blooms: A Tale of Two Knits
Wow! How has it been a year??? A summer of fun in the sun, followed by months of fun in the rain and snow, and here we all are, during the crazy time that is 2020.
Once upon a time, back in November, Erica Sufka offered a test knit for her pattern, Winter Blooms Mini, and I signed right up, knowing I had other things to knit and sew, aha!!! But it worked out, as it's one of my daughter's favorite sweaters! Camden loves her cabled sweater, and honestly, the pattern was a relatively quick knit, whipped up in Hazel Knits Lively DK in the colorway Blueberry. You can likely see the line where I changed colors, as I apparently chose NOT to alternate. I have no idea how I fell into doing that, as it was back in November of 2019. At the time, Camden was 9.75 years old, and I knit the size 8, as I figured the chest size would better suit her, and it did!
Fast forward to last month, when Erica announced she was starting a test knit for Sage Blooms, a cardigan version of the same cable pattern - yay!!! Again, I knew I should be doing other things, but it was so pretty, and Camden was totally in the market for a new cardigan, for real!! In this case, the pattern runs down the back, and it has a nice band around the sweater, no buttons added! The version I knit up is a bit on the long side, aha; I'd temporarily forgotten Camden is somewhat short, and it's one of those cables where you have two different stopping point choices. I went with the full chart repeat, rather than halfway down, when I should have done the reverse. Because of this, I ended up knitting the sleeves long. But... I sadly thought I'd knit the armscye long enough, and I didn't. For this reason, the sweater might not fit as long as I'd like it to fit her.
But! On a happy note, Camden picked the colorway, Glacier, on Quince and Co. Osprey. I purchased the yarn from Twisted, a local yarn store I am sad to see closing (though I think they will continue the on-line shop). I'm not a pale blue kind of lady, but it's her thing, and it's so lovely! I loved the yarn a lot, but something to keep in mind with this aran-weight yarn is that it's a dense aran weight, so, at the gauge, it bothered my hands on the needles I needed to use. I love the fabric, but whew.... my wrist and hand hurts, thinking about it, aha!
Legit - you need BOTH patterns!!! Why??? You need them because you get to work with two different yarn weights and enjoy the pattern twice!!! Erica includes number counts, which I always love, and the chart is an easy one!! And I promise that if you have a kid/grandchild in your life, along with too much yarn in your stash, then these are the patterns for you!