September 6, 2009

Vintage Knitting


A generous friend (Hi Barbara!) shared some of her thrifted goodies with me - vintage knitting pattern books. I have been pouring over them and marveling at the wonderful photos such as the one above. The whales on the wall are the best! I haven't had a chance to study the actual patterns just yet, but I have a feeling I'm still too much of a novice to give them a try. I'll just enjoy the photos for now.

September 4, 2009

St. James Completed


This is my 2nd knitting project for the summer, St. James by Tonya Wagner at MetaPostModern Knitting. It's a really lovely fit that reminds me of vintage sweaters from the 60s. Plus I just had to knit it because I love anything with a bow.

I used Cascade 220 Wool in color Summer Sky, purchased at Webs/Yarn.com when they had their Anniversary sale back in April. It's a very versatile yarn that knits up nicely and comes in so many delicious colors. I only find it slightly itchy but I'm sure I'll get over it once Fall comes around and I'll look super cute in this sweater, haha.



I don't like to pick up stitches, so I used the tip on Ravelry and cast-on the whole thing at once, using size 7 needles for the tie, then after an inch of seed stitch, bind off until there's enough for the neck and knitted down from there on sz 8s. It's a raglan-style top so no seaming is required, yay! I also changed the row count for the waist-shaping decreases in the side seams because I'm not a very curvy gal - instead of every 4 rows, I did a more gradual decrease at every 5 rows and did one less decrease. I followed the instructions for the hip increases.




I'm really happy with how it turned out - it was a good project to sit in front of the telly with and a pretty fast knit. I only used 2.5 skeins of the Cascade 220. This project was great, I want to make a few more.

Such a pretty and classy design!