Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Yellow Cardigan


The yellow cardigan is done.  It is “Golden Harvest” by Veera Valimaki.  Golden, indeed!  Look at that glowing yellow yarn.  It looks like a crocus in the snow.  A bowl of honey.  Actual gold, even.  It is Malabrigo Rios, in “Frank Ochre” and I am completely bowled over by its beauty.  When I wear this, I feel like I am glowing, too.  

Trying to take my own advice, I started something a little more complicated:  


This is the beautiful Birkin sweater, knit in a monochrome palette.  I got this far in an advanced state of monogamous devotion, and then ran out of the cream contrast yarn, so until the supply train leaves the distant warehouse, I guess I’ll have to find something else to do. 


Socks!  There is no excuse not to make socks.  It snowed today.  

I want to thank you all for your lovely, warm comments last week, on my new favorite topic:  Making vs. Stuff.  I loved the conversation, and it gave me a lot to think about.  Let there ever be knitting and making in my life, all of my days.  

30 comments:

  1. I love that color...and have a couple of skeins in my stash! Cannot wait to see pics of the FO. Hope you can trouble shoot (and win at) soon :-)

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    1. I hesitate to say it’s “fixed” because who knows, but I managed to squeak up a FO photo. Whew! :)

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  2. Oh, that cardigan is stunning!! what a great design and fabulous colour!

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  3. The cardigan is SO stylish and you look amazing in it. Having been 'blessed with a large chest, I always think knitwear looks frumpy on me. Oh to have your figure. But then we always want what we don't have!

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    1. The secret is the silhouette of the design. I'm 'blessed' that way too, but I've kind of figured out the shapes that minimize the effect. No cinched waists for me, and no empire styling. Close at the yoke (above the 'blessings', haha!) and then looser in the body. Bingo! Try it. :)

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  4. That cardigan is the queen of all glorious yellow cardigans! I love it.

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    1. Whee! It does feel superlative. Thank you, my dear. xoxo

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  5. Love it. The pattern is on my to do list, must get going on it. CN.

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  6. I love the colour and the design.

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    1. They do work well together, don't they? xoxo

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  7. It is a burst of lovliness and yes I am a driven maker too but it is just the way we are - some people collect beer mats! So keep knitting beautiful things you fantastic lady. Jo x

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  8. Hi again Kristen, can't believe you have been wearing that colour as I have been wearing that exact same colour cardigan over the last couple of weeks. Mine wasn't hand knitted but from the lovely White Stuff shop and it was as if my soul was craving that incredible colour after the long dark winter that we have had in the UK. Wearing it has been a joy and has lifted my spirits, it also felt very apt for Easter.
    Yours is stunning btw.
    At this time of year I also get the urge to wear verdant fresh spring green as an antidote to all the dark greys, blues and blacks I have been wearing all winter. I have just finished a teal aran cardigan (Rowan pattern) but got so confused at the neck have left it with my friend who luckily is an expert, but it was such a dark colour I didn't really enjoy making it so don't think I will try anything like that again. However I have just finished an aran crochet square blanket in cream with light and dark grey accents and I am pleased with the results. My other daughter has just gone to central America to volunteer in a school and I am thinking about her so much that I think I will start to make one for when she returns in oatmeal. A very happy Eater to you and all the knitting community and thank you for all the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Jane,

      Yes, after a long gray winter, during which I mostly wear gray and more gray, this yellow is a breath of fresh air! Your crochet blanket sounds beautiful. :)

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  9. You make such lovely things. I love the cardigan and those pretty socks are gorgeous

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  10. That is an amazingly glorious cardigan! That yellow! I love off centered button bands, but have not made one yet...

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    1. I think this is my first asymmetrical attempt--weird going, but I like the result. :)

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  11. Your yellow cardigan is just awesome! Probably one of the prettiest cardigans I have seen. It would really dress up a pair of jeans. You are so very talented!

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  12. Love the yellow and love reading your posts.

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  13. I just love this yellow cardigan!!!! I mean I LOVE it!
    Mona

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    1. Thank you, Mona! I really love it, too. That yarn, I mean smoooooooosh! :)

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  14. I wish I could knit sweaters. I knit socks over and over and give most away. I also make quilts. Is one hundred too many to have? I don't know. I have given so many quilts away, also. It's the making that brings me joy.

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    1. I don't think one hundred is too many! A big pile of soft, floppy quilts is one of the best things ever in this world. :)

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  15. That cardigan is so beautiful!! I adore it. I would look ill in that shade of yellow, but the design and the fit is so exquisite and I would make it some shade of blue.

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  16. I just went and looked at the pattern as it's published. I like YOUR version so much better! The scrunchy collar, the slim fit with the button placket going down farther. More tailored look, which I love.

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