Now that I’ve finished the two sweaters I was working on last month, I’ve cast on for another two.
This one’s a very simple cardigan in all stockinette on size 6 needles – the Summer Swing Jacket by Jessica Grzedzinski, in Garnstudio DROPS “Lin”, a 100% linen yarn. The yarn is a beautiful shimmery silver color that’s impossible to photograph well, and while it’s a little harsh to work with (and linty), it makes a beautiful fabric after it’s been washed. Should be good for mindless knitting.
The next one is the Drops 69-18 Ribbed top in Safran. I have some doubts about whether I’ll actually wear this in public, but maybe under a cardigan. Otherise, it will probably only be when I’m sitting out on the patio on a hot day. Or I could always give it to Norma.
And thank you for all the nice comments on my Retro Wild top. Although I think the colorwork could have been a lot better, I’m not unhappy with it. It looks fine if you aren’t really inspecting the stitches. But if I ever do colorwork with mercerized cotton again, it certainly won’t be a pattern that has as many as 24 (!!!) stitches of the same color in a row. There’s no way I’m going to get that to look good.
Margene, that font of knowledge, also told me why I had so much trouble with the black duplicate stitches. I could tell that the black yarn was thinner and denser than the other colors, which was why it wasn’t covering the stitches below it very well. She said it’s because the black dye is heavier. That makes sense.
Here’s a detail so y’all can see what I’m talking about. Notice the slightly uneven and puckered stitches (I admit it, my stranded tension is not great), and how the black yarn doesn’t really cover the white very well. The gray duplicate stitches look fine. (Clicky for bigger if you feel you must.)