Last night, our Knit Along group met for the first time at the Willow Springs studio, and we really liked our new digs. A few people with other crafty interests joined us, along with Penny, who has a pottery studio on the site. It was a rowdy and fun time, and several of us kicked off our Fairwind Knitalong. Rhodi, who was under the weather and couldn't join last night, will be making the cardi with us, bringing our total up to six! We just tripled the Ravelry stats for this project, LOL. We also decided we might need to be the errata testers as we pored over the directions together, finding a few typos and a missed asterisk. It is wonderful how multiple minds can help get through a new project!
First, off... here's Rowen, casting on her version.
Rowen is using a beautiful merino/silk yarn she found on sale at the Webs tent sale last year. I didn't write down the name of it, but I love the high sheen that the silk and the multi-ply gives to the color. I picked Classic Elite Magnolia for my version, another merino/silk blend. However, since that yarn is a single ply, it too has sheen but doesn't reflect back as much light.
Of course, I forgot to get a photo of mine.
We sat side by side throughout the evening, comparing notes about the instructions, and trying out the unusual increases used in this top-down sweater. Cecily has you do a lifted increase using the stitch in the row below, then knit the one above it (on your needles), which makes for an interesting double-v look as you work them... I practiced several times on another piece I had with me, and we agreed it was a rather pretty-looking increase. That's where we discovered a bit of dyslexia in abbreviation-typing.
Stephanie (Wooly Daisy to some of you Bloglanders) was the one who found this pattern, while 'window shopping' on Ravelry. We all had a few choice comments about whether she had read it first... however, we all agreed it is very elegant, and we liked many features: the offset front closure, the delicate ribbing on either side, the nice edging you get from slipping the first stitch of each row, and the lace pattern.
This next photo shows Claudia (left) and Stephanie casting on... Stephanie is using Cascade 220, but she is happy with her gauge and fabric, so we all agreed she should go forth and prosper. Plus, we are here for her if she stops feeling that it's working.
Claudia is using a lighter-weight yarn, probably closer to fingering than sport, but we helped her decide how to approach that problem as well... and will keep you posted on her results and outlook. She is making her sweater as a gift!
Note that Claudia is still smiling here - it's early in the evening. Things got much quieter as more concentration became involved in getting a new pattern set up.
The next picture pretty closely captures the lovely gold that Stephanie has chosen, along with her very cute tin for holding markers.
One of the comments that brought the most laughter during the evening came when Claudia told us she had cast on a second time because she hadn't realized she was supposed to leave the markers in place... knitting together is so much more fun!
The last photo is Barbara Sue, who is also using Cascade 220 (and of course a different needle size than Steph, to get the same gauge!)... she chose a lovely beige, though that is hard to tell in this photo. We loved how she wore her 'jeweler's eyes' to work last night... Barbara Sue works at one of the gold shops in our 'mountain mining' region... the irony being that few mines remain open, though amazing gold has been found in this region. B Sue's employer, Terry, is a very creative goldsmith.
I promise frequent updates, including some pictures of my own version, as all six of us produce our sweaters together.