My knitting time the past few days has been devoted to completing the front and neck edging of Islay.
First, the picking up of front and neck stitches (the waste yarn marks button loop placement):
Then working the i-cord …
And making crochet chain button loops (so cleverly integrated into the icord ):
Now just the sleeves remain! It would make a cute vest though, no?
What are you working on this week?
We got moved out of our house last week and came down to stay with my family for almost a week — it’s been a lovely time, except it’s gone by way too quickly! My mom and I have both been working on Islay as a distance KAL, and it’s been so nice to get to knit on it together this past week. We’ve been squeezing in as much porch knitting time as we can!
I love traveling, and luckily, get to do a lot of it for work. There are many things I enjoy when traveling (including, of course, eating!), but few things quite as much as scouting out local yarn shops.
Just over a year ago, I spent a month in Massachusetts for research. While there, we took a brief trip to Portland, Maine, a place I’d never been before. Even in frigid March, it was a lovely place, and we had an amazing time wandering around, eating great food and trying fun cocktails, and exploring a bit of the Maine coast. Despite the short visit, we stopped in at LYS Knit Wit. Sharing a hometown with Quince and Co., it’s one of the yarn line’s original flagship stores and had almost every yarn the company makes. I was immediately drawn to two yarns: gorgeous Tern in Columbine, which became an Everly Shawl shortly thereafter, and, unusually for me, Quince and Co’s Piper, a 50-50 merino/mohair blend, in Guadalupe. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it, but picked up three skeins, enough to make a shawl like Love and Lemons (a shawl I’d still like to make).
Fast forward to this spring and Quince’s release of a new Piper collection. I immediately fell in love with the May cardigan — which required three skeins of Piper! I cast on with the goal of finishing the sweater in time for this year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
With about a week and a half to go until the festival, I think I have a reasonable chance of reaching my goal. I’ve really enjoyed knitting this sweater. The construction’s very interesting (I’ll admit I’m still not 100% sure on how the whole thing comes together) but you start at the bottom of the sweater, work the back and fronts together, then divide the fronts and keep going — eventually the fronts are joined together, and seamed to the back, making the lovely shawl collar. The cartridge stitch is easy to do, so it’s great TV knitting, and I love the texture of the stitch. I’m not usually a big fan of fuzzy yarns, but the blend of merino and mohair has a really pleasing halo — I think it will be the perfect spring/summer cardigan.
I’ve followed the pattern pretty much to the letter — this is my second Bristol Ivy sweater, and I find her patterns clear and clever! My only deviation from the pattern as written was to knit the two fronts at the same time — it’s a method I almost always use for socks and mitts. For this pattern, it appealed to me for two reasons. The fronts are quite long, and I worried I’d lose steam after completing the first one. Also, the cartridge stitch is super stretchy, and a bit hard to measure as a result, so this ensures my front will be exactly the same length.
I spent a little time on the front porch knitting, trying a new IPA with some yummy French cheese and my new favorite crackers. I’m almost done with the fronts — full steam ahead on the final details, and fingers crossed I’ll be wearing this one a week from Sunday at the festival. Here’s to Wednesday — the week’s half done!