Sandy Knit-a-Long

Written by Sarah on October 29th, 2012 Posted in DIY, knits, life, new york city, photos, style, sweater, technique, WIP, yarn

Hello, East coast! Are you having a hurrication day? Pretty much everything in the city is shut down since the trains and buses aren’t running. I hope you’re all stocked up on snacks and beer!

Anyone up for a Hurricane Sandy Knit-a-long?

When I found out last night that my office would be closed today, I took the chance to cast on the swatch for this Debbie Bliss faire isle sweater I’ve had my eye on for a while. I’m obsessed.

The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2012 issue. I’m using St Denis Boreale yarn which is some super soft American Wool. The MC is this great gunmetal grey Pewter colorway, CCs are Champagne, Spicy Rose, Gray Card, and Blue Eggshell. Sadly, the St Denis lines are being discontinued. The yarn is gorgeous and I’m disappointed I discovered it too late. Also, I might be stocking up and hoarding whatever I can find especially since it is on sale until the stock runs out.

I’ve since cast on for the first sleeve. I love the way these colors look. I’ve been dying to make a faire isle sweater with some neutrals mixed with neon. That Spicy Rose is absolutely perfectly bright. So much fun. I’ve decided to use only size 3s (the pattern calls for 3mm and 3.5mm needles) and I hope that works out.

I’m having a few issues with the pattern. I think I’m reading it properly but I’ve caught a few wonky spots. I may need to consult with some other knitters. And there’s no Rav page for the pattern yet. Eek! Anyway, I’m working through that. Still a big fan.

I’m not sure right now if I should be carrying the CC up the sides or cutting and rejoining. I’m leaning towards (especially on the advice from  a few friends) carrying them very loosely. I’ll do anything to avoid weaving in ends. What would you do?

More updates when there’s some nice light for photographs! Until then, follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics of my #sandykal.

Are you knitting the hurricane away? What are you making? Are you prepared for the storm?

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Comments (9)

  • ac
    October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    I have already put together my Sandy project– a scarf out of my homespun. I am not going to start it until the power goes out.– ac in Northern Virginia

    • October 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm |

      I hope your power doesn’t go out but I also hope you get to do a lot of knitting!

  • October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |

    I also am not a fan of weaving in ends. Since the yarn doesn’t appear to be superwash, I’d say go ahead and pull the strands up along the side. Over time they will mat down a bit.

    • October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm |

      Ah! Good point! I’m going to try carrying them now.

  • Aunt Sherry
    October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |

    That pattern looks like you will be wearing one gorgeous sweater when it finished. I guess it will be your “Perfect Storm Sweater”! Yuk!

    • October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm |

      Punny! I like it 🙂

  • October 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |

    I’m making a TON of progress on a holiday gift sweater. Seriously, if this keeps up, I’ll have this baby done in no time!

    • October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm |

      Haha! I can’t wait to see the FO!

  • November 2, 2012 at 9:45 am |

    Oh, this looks so nice! Can’t wait to hear and see more about it.

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