This design came out of a desire to work with another gorgeous variegated yarn that I attained, this one is Western Sky Knits Willow dk, in their colorway Shellseeker. This Purl Twist pattern was a great compliment, the way the stitches move diagonally really shows off the yarn.
Since all the ‘work’ happens on the wrong side rows, the right side rows are simply knitted, adding in the raglan increases on the yoke as you work top-down.
I only had 2 skeins of this pretty yarn, and I already knew that I wanted a small cardigan/bolero – however, this would be quite easy to adjust to a longer cardigan. This kept my interest the whole time – and of course it’s also nice to crank out a quicker sweater that you can wear even sooner (!).
While working on the body, I realized that I wanted a cabled border to go around the whole thing. Having never done this, I wasn’t really sure if it would work. I also wanted a reversible cable, that way if the fronts flipped open it would still look good.
I also knew that the cable needed to be a solid color to show it off properly. The Western Sky Knits Magnolia dk in Oats ended up being the perfect compliment. After playing around with picking up stitches, I was able to figure out the correct ratio to make it work!
It came out lovely, and it was fairly mindless to continue on once I did a couple of repeats of the cable. Once I reached my starting point, I grafted the ends together for a seamless look.
If you are like me, and always needing things to wear over sleeveless tops or tees, or want something pretty to wear to a wedding (or simply to jazz up your jeans!), you may need to make one!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the name of this design. There is this wonderful restaurant in Asheville called Stoney Knob Cafe. When David & I first got together, we would eat breakfast here every Sunday morning. We were ‘that’ couple, the annoying one being all Lovey-Dovey in our corner booth. I told him we needed to take a trip out there in celebration of me finishing this cardi, plus we were also planning to visit an alpaca farm close by.
Yes, Sydney was quite thrilled at this moment. 11-year-old Girl Drama.
While waiting to get in I spied lots of Morning Glories on a hill behind the restaurant.
How y’all doin’?
After our brunch, we wandered over to Last Penny Farm Alpacas and met some of these little cuties – Erin was having an Open Farm Day. She has about 20 alpacas total, as well as a couple of donkeys and a few sweet Great Pyrenees (of how I love these dogs!). It was a fun visit and I was certainly glad to be able to bring the girls out there too.
Getting up close & personal with one of the adorable guardians
Last week my little cutie pie Mia requested me to make her a Monster hat. What else can a good mom do but make one immediately??
I didn’t even need to ask her to be silly – this is just her :)
Love this kid!!
Now evidently I need to make her a Monster costume to go with the hat, which of course means the baby now needs to be a Baby Monster (you’ll see that one next week).
This is the last day for the new pattern promo, which you’ll find on Ravelry if you go there now!
Other than creating, I’ve been enjoying Fall as I always do, last night I made this soup (hint – it has lentils, coconut milk & indian spices), and it made me quite happy. It was lovely with a special herbed grilled cheese on whole grain bread.
What is soothing your soul right now?
NC Arboretum waterfall – September 2015