JOJI Spring KAL round-up

Hello! I finally got some pictures for a few of my March/April/May projects! I’m finding this the hardest part of blogging. I make lots of “stuff” but it’s really hard to blog about them without the photos! Anyway, as previously mentioned (here and here), I have been participating in a couple of spring wardrobe-related knit alongs (KALs). While the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL is ongoing, the JOJI Spring accessory and sweater KAL ended on May 1st.  I did actually finish everything on time but sadly, did not get everything blocked and posted before the 1st so no prizes for me!  But no worries as the real prizes are the Awesome and Amazing shawl/scarf and sweater that have joined my wardrobe.  So with no further ado…

The Way From Brighton! I love this shawl even though I was quickly tired of knitting the bobbles… I made this from some lovely worsted weight silk/wool yarn that has been languishing in my stash since I started knitting (ravelry notes found here). In fact, this is the very first yarn that I ever bought. It was from the sale section at Romni and I had no idea about yarn weights or quantities I might need to make something but I loved the colour and the price was right so home it came!  Unfortunately, 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn are not terribly useful so I wasn’t able to find a project for it until I found this pattern by Joji.  It really was a lovely pairing as the yarn gives the shawl fantastic sheen (silk!) and drape.  I’ve worn it often and after looking at these pictures, I think it looks perfect with my Wispy cardigan (not blogged but ravelry notes can be found here) and my split-back tank!

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And for the sweater component of the KAL, I went with Neon.  Words can hardly describe how thrilled I am with this sweater!  Seriously, how obnoxious is this colour!  This is the Madeline Tosh dk in Tomato…  my new favourite colourway!

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Unfortunately I happen to be wearing the only shirt in my wardrobe that looks ridiculous under a cardigan!  It’s my Sencha (will blog about it soon) and it has a very high neckline.  Oh well.  You’ll just have to imagine how awesome this cardigan usually looks!  This one represents a few firsts for me.  My first all-over lace sweater, my first contiguous shoulder construction, my first Joji sweater (definitely not my last!), and my first stabilized button bands.

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Contiguous sleeve

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Grosgrain ribbon on the button bands.

If you look closely at the picture above you can see that I used some grosgrain ribbon to stabilize both button bands   I just used small whipstitches to attach the ribbon and then used the blanket stitch to stabilize the buttonholes that I cut into the ribbon.  It was a total pain to do but completely worth it!  And because I am a geek…

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So very happy in front of a camera… not at all awkward!

Sara

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Spring Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL update

Hello!  Sorry for the silence but I’m happy to report that my grant is finished and submitted!  It’s always such a relief to get these things off!  Anyway, as mentioned previously (and not so briefly!), I’ve been participating in a few Spring related knitalongs (KALs).  I’ve finished two pieces (an accessory and a sweater) for a KAL that the very amazing knitwear designer JOJI was hosting in March and April.  I’ll post about those in the next day or two as I still need to bribe a friend into taking some pictures!  In the meantime, an update on the Spring Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL that Shannon (of luvinthemommyhood ) is hosting…

I had a late start, in part due to work related deadlines but also because I wanted to double up on this one and take part in the Madeline Tosh MadMay KAL as the yarn I chose is the tosh merino light in Tart.  I cast Urban on on Saturday and it’s coming together quickly (I started the hip increases last night).  I did make quite a few modifications to the front and back bodice pieces to remove some of the ease built into the pattern.  I have narrow shoulders and I thought this one would constantly be slipping off and driving me nuts!  As always, Thao713 came to the rescue and I roughly followed the modifications she outlined on ravelry (my ravelry notes can be found here ).  All in all, this is another straightforward and well written pattern by Veera.  Compared to some of the other finished objects I have seen for this KAL, my version of Urban is pretty unexciting but I do think it will be simple and something I will wear often.

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While I had some very grans plans at the start of this KAL, my late start has pretty much put an end to that.  I should have no problems finishing my Urban on time and since some lovely linen arrived for Hélène, I’m going to try and get this one done as well.  I love, love, LOVE this sweater!  Or at least I love it on everyone else!  I have a sneaking suspicion that I should have chosen something with a little colour but the natural yarn is so lovely that I couldn’t resist!  I’m already excited for this project when I look at my tiny little swatch!

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This sweater has a couple of firsts for me.  My first time knitting with linen.  I’ve been knitting a sleep sack for a friends baby using cotton and I am not a fan but I’m hoping that the lace in this pattern will help alleviate my major issues with plant based fibres (e.g. getting consistent stitches and an elastic fabric when knitting straight stockinette).  Knitting the swatch was not too bad.  The yarn is much stiffer than I am used to with wool but everyone assures me that it will soften up with washing!  It’s also my first time seaming a sweater.  Well, knitting the front and back separately as there is no actual seaming in this pattern (use a 3 needle bind-off instead).  I’m also a little concerned about the width of the neckline (see above comments about narrow shoulders).  I haven’t looked at the pattern closely yet but I may modify this slightly.  Will see…

Well, hopefully when I next blog about this KAL I’ll have some FO to share!

As an aside, the Wool People 5 collection by Brooklyn Tweed is out!  Check it out if you haven’t already!  As always, there some awesome patterns to chose from!

Sara

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