Sunday, December 17, 2006

When black and purple make blue-

This is what happens when you knit one strand of sparkle railroad together with one strand of of Elann Super Kydd laceweight.

I used the CPY Curved Vest (from the freebie pattern section) with a slight modification...I cast on about 6 stitches fewer than originally called for, and added 3 on each side right before the increases for the front and back. As I suspected, this improved the pattern fit significantly...and were I to make this vest again (and I might, for MIL) I may go for 8 stitches. That only moves the back armhole in about 1".

I used about 4 1/2 balls of Estelle Dazzle in Mocha, and about 1 1/4 balls of Super Kydd in Blackberry. The Kydd is a rich, dark purple that is somehow half a step away from indigo.

I am not a big sparkle girl, and I am not a huge fuzzy sweater fan...and this project had just a touch of glam in there. I could easily wear it with dress pants or jeans.

I would consider this a good last minute Christmas gift. You have EXACTLY enough time to make one of these for your aunt, your sister, or yourself.

Go. Hurry!!!


8 comments:

smariek said...

What a nice way to blend two yarns. When Dazzle first came out, I couldn't figure out what I would do with it. Last minute quick knit gifts are always handy. ;-)

Where did you find that pattern? I assumed it was Elann, but I looked and didn't see it.

junior_goddess said...

Marie-It's Crystal Palace yarns....were you knitting when they used to be in Berkley?

B

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

You're a regular knitting machine! Wow! Love that combo of yarns; I have an affinity for railroad and mohair together.

Grace Yaskovic said...

really nice, read through the pattern, I think I may do this for MIL but for her birthday not for Christmas Great look!!

smariek said...

Ah... so that's what CPY stands for! lol. I never would have figured that out.

No, I didn't know they were in Berkeley. Was this long ago? I only started knitting 2 years ago... (wow, has it only been 2 yrs???)

Libby said...

Bets,

I cant get over how great that turned out!!! I want to see it modeled now. OH and by the way, I love the bitchiness counter!!!

Libby
PS. my blog has a new counter as well!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the b-day wishes. you are some sneaky girls! i just noticed the bitchiness counter that libby pointed out...very cute!!
-w

Lisa W. said...

mmm..very very nice yarn combo. lovely fabric. but ya need to model it!