Posts tagged ‘liberty wool’
So here’s my DIP! (Design In Progress)
Have I mentioned I’m madly in love with Liberty Wool? I know, I know, like every time I knit with it. It is an absolute pleasure to work with. I feel like I knit so much faster when I’m using it. You know, lots of people talk about how cotton hurts their hands, because it doesn’t have any give. And I never really got it, until this project I never really noticed the difference in fibers in how comfortable my knitting was. But I am just loving the squishy elasticity in this yarn. It is to die for. I still don’t think cotton is uncomfortable, but this liberty wool is not only comfortable, it’s downright luxurious to work with. And it’s just a simple superwash!
The milestones on this project are flying by. Finished the back, and the left front, I’m making serious progress on the right front, and then I’ll only have the sleeves… but the sleeves are tricky because I haven’t done the first bit of math on them. So that could present some interesting issues. My goal is to have the front finished by the end of the week so I can spend next week on sleeves, both designing and knitting. 🙂
I have two other ideas on the back burner that I’m mulling over as I work on this project. But I do attempt to be a monogamous designer, so I’m plowing through this sweater so I can get started on all this other stuff that’s capturing my inspiration.
Over the last few days, I have been craving a new knitting project. It’s not so much a case of startitis, so much as a desperate desire to engage my mind intellectually and relax physically. Some serious process knitting was in order. A good sized project with an interesting stitch pattern. In the middle of all the infant care, I’ve just needed to claim my brain as my own. To remember I’m still the same person, even if life looks very, very different.
I was going to start a new project, some sort of cottony, beachy cardi. But when I started swatching, I reallized I just did not have the brain cells to design a brand new sweater. Then a litle lesson I learned two years ago jumped into my little head. Two Mays ago, I started a gorgeous alpaca pullover, I worked on it all summer, and come september, I had a beautiful sweater all ready to go. I didn’t repeat the tradition last year and really missed it when the fall came around.
So I decided to skip the beachy sweater idea, and finish the black cardi I started last fall.
A huge chunk of the design work was already done and I’ve been dying to make myself a normal wear-with-everything black cardi for about 3 years.
The timing was perfect.
So I guess I sorta left the topic hanging yesterday. I gave all these criteria for my favorite yarns, now lets discuss what those favorites are!
Classic Elite Liberty Wool – $7.50/50g – 100% Superwash Merino Wool – Worsted
Ever since I first used this yarn about a year and a half ago this has been my favorite yarn to work with for any project requiring a smooth worsted wool. It has phenomenal stitch definition, is wonderfully soft, and has great memory. It was originally released in a pretty broad spectrum of colors, but it wasn’t until this year that they added some beautiful neutrals, thus solidifying it as my top favorite yarn.
Knit Picks Swish – $4.69/50g – 100% Superwash Wool – Worsted
Swish comes in at a close second. It has all the same features as Liberty Wool, but doesn’t seem to have quite the same quality. Which, as you can see, is reflected in the price. However, since it is cheaper, I do frequently consider it if I’m working with a smaller budget than usual.
Knit Picks Stroll – $4.69/50g – 25% Nylon, 75% Superwash Wool – Fingering
I haven’t found even a close competitor for this yarn. While there are other yarns that give stroll a run for its money either in the quality or luxurious feel of the yarn, none of them come close to the price. Every other sock yarn I’ve been tempted by is at least twice the price, and I really have a hard time spending $25 for a pair of socks on a regular basis. It does seem like there’s room in the market for a medium priced sock yarn. Knit picks will set you back around $10/100g, while every other brand costs $20-$25. I’d love to find some reasonably high quality sock yarn for around $15. If you know of any I missed, please let me know!
Knit Picks Gloss – $5.99/50g – 70% Wool, 30% Silk – Fingering
I love, love this yarn with no complaints. well, maybe one. It really should be made available in the stroll tonal colorways.
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes – $2.69/50g – 100% Peruvian Wool – Worsted
My favorite for any felting project. I haven’t tried Cascade 220 yet, so I can’t offer a good comparison. Anyone want to jump in on this one?
Berroco Lustra – $12/100g – 50% Wool, 50% Tencel – Single Ply – Worsted
This one is a bit different, but a lot of fun to work with. It has great stitch definition and the Tencel gives it a wonderful sheen.
Spud and Chloe Sweater – $15/100g – 50% Cotton, 50% Wool – Worsted
I like this one for baby knits that are intended to be a bit more heirloom quality. it’s incredibly soft, spun to be a bit hardwearing, and is thoroughly washable.
Berroco Remix – $10/100g – 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen – Worsted
I was really surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. But I’ve now used it in three projects, and I always love the result!
I got a comment yesterday, but I’d love some other folks to jump in too. What are you favorite yarns? Why?
Ever since I’ve gotten into knitting , I’ve wanted a perfect, basic, black cardigan. When I first started working with Liberty Wool by Classic Elite last year, I knew I had to make myself a cardi out of it. A couple months ago, I started this…
The picture makes the black a tad washed out, but the yarn is a beautiful jet black with incredible stitch definition.
I put it down for a while to work on a couple other projects, but then just picked it up again. I’ve wanted this sweater for a couple years and with babies coming in March or April, it’s probably the last big thing I’ll knit for me in a while.
I’m loving the stitch pattern, it’s a slip stitch pattern that resembles a cable, but has a much more squishy texture than most cable patterns.
I am having a bit of difficulty in designing the sleeve caps. I feel like a set-in sleeve is the most flattering sleeve design on women’s garments, especially if you like a more tailored look, like I do. But in my opinion, it happens to be the most finicky to calculate compared with raglan and yoke shaping, especially since these can be done top down and seamlessly. Yes, I know there are ways to do a set in sleeve top down and seamlessly, but from the last two sweaters I’ve used those methods on, I’ve found you can’t really get the exact same effect as when it’s done in pieces. As I get more experience, I may change my mind. But this sweater definitely required the structure and precision that you get when working in pieces. I spent most of the weekend wrestling with math and trying to get my sleeve caps to make sense, but that math I normally use to design a sleeve cap just wasn’t working for me. I finally figured out the problem. Gauge. Isn’t that always the way? This time it wasn’t really an error, so much as realizing once again why gauge matters. This ribbed “cable” stitch had completely different stitch to row proportions than normal stockinette, making the math I normally use completely useless. I could have messed around and figured something else out, but I decided to call in an expert.
Shirley Paden’s Knitwear Design Workshop.
The cheapskate in me rarely, rarely buys knitting books. If it isn’t yarn or needles, or maybe a pattern, I feel like I’m being extravagant, because I’m not directly contributing to a final project. Which is just a silly perspective. But I actually did it, I put in an order to amazon right then. I hope to get it sometime this week. I’m really excited about getting a bit more educated on the ins and outs of how to design a garments structure from scratch. I’ve learned a lot from experience, blogs and podcasts, and patterns. But it’s just been a little here and a little there. I feel like this will be a much more comprehensive approach that will add quite a bit of polish to my designs.
Well, I’ll give a more complete review when I’ve actually gotten a chance to dig into the book a bit more.
In the mean time it’s back to knitting, I haven’t even started the sleeves yet!
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