Audrey in Black

Oh, hello. Fancy meeting you here! My sweater? Why, it is brand new. And I knit it myself!

Why yes, I would be delighted if you admired it from the back as well.

The lace detailing? Well, it’s — hey. Eyes up here, buddy!

Okay, okay. Enough shenanigans. My Audrey in Unst cardigan is finished and I’m pretty happy with it. The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts‘ BFL sport in the “shadow” colorway, which I love for its softness and sturdiness, but it’s temporarily unavailable. 😦 You might try writing to the Blue Moon folks to ask when it’s coming back!

So, knitting this was pretty great — no seaming, genius construction, well-written pattern, etc. My only problem with the finished product is that the armholes are weirdly deep. Observe:

I haven’t seen anybody else complaining about this on Ravelry, so it’s probably my fault somehow. At first I thought it might have to do with my row gauge, but no — that was spot on. My stitch gauge was a little tight, so I purposefully knit a size bigger than my bust measurement (whereas the pattern tells you to knit it with zero or negative ease), so it’s possible that this is how the problem arose. I am, however, very happy with the fit across my bust — it does seem to have ended up spot-on zero ease, which is exactly how I wanted it.

It’s been awhile since I knit a fully-featured cardigan; I got on a lace kick right around the time I started this blog, and when you’re a lace knitter, it’s easy to feel like you’re a knitting ninja. But knitting this cardigan made me realize that I have a lot to learn about garment construction & strategy. I wish I’d somehow been able to figure out that the armholes were going to be too deep — it would have been easy to correct by just knitting the fronts and back a little shorter (since the thing is knit bottom-up). The only modification I made to the pattern was knitting the sleeves much shorter than the pattern called for, for my stumpy little arms. I’m continually shocked at how short my arms must be, based on the way most patterns are written. I did all the arm decreases at the every-seven-rows rate, instead of switching to every-nine-rows as the pattern suggests, and I knit 10 fewer rounds of ribbing at the cuffs, and the sleeves still came out a bit longer than I would have liked!

All in all, though, this was a success, and I’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of it. I’m also inspired to try to knit more sweaters and get better at this whole customizing-to-fit-my-weird-body thing.

So, what else have I been working on? Well, some lace, obviously:

This is Anne Hanson’s brand-spanking-new Campanula Scarf, which I fell madly in love with when she showed the swatch on her blog a few months ago, and which I started nearly as soon as humanly possible after she released the pattern. I’m knitting it in the insanely gorgeous Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply in the “Burnished Gold” colorway that I bought at the delightful Hill Country Weavers shop during the trip to Austin that Pat & I made in the spring. It’s officially my second-favorite LYS behind ImagiKnit in San Francisco, which is just staggeringly incredible. HCW is basically a small house stuffed top to bottom with gorgeous fiber; they have a great selection of luxury & art yarns as well as a bunch of the basics. So anyway, this project basically has me swooning every time I pick it up. I haven’t succeeded yet at capturing the lustre of this yarn, but believe me — it glows.

I also just started this project yesterday, which is kind of a secret for now, so you won’t see much more of it until it’s done and in the hands of the recipient. But the yarn, FYI, is the famous Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! , in the “Fairy Wren” colorway. I bought myself two skeins of Bugga! for my birthday (along with, uh, all that other stuff I showed you in that birthday post), and this one, though the colors are gorgeous, I decided wasn’t really for me. Fortunately, I was able to figure out who it would be good for in pretty short order, so it’s being put to use. The yarn really does live up to the hype; I recommend it highly — very soft and very sturdy.

And — what’s this?

Is it — something I managed to start and finish so quickly that I haven’t even blogged it yet, but it’s done? Yes, I think it is. But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it in its full glory!

9 thoughts on “Audrey in Black

  1. Wow! How do you get so many projects done? I still have the same 4 projects stalling in various places around my apartment.

    Scary news that San Francisco has an incredible knitting store — I fear for my future hypothetical paychecks! 🙂

    Your lace jag might be catching, actually. I might have to finally finish some of my projects so I can justify starting on some serious actually-lace-weight lace knitting. Some nice lace scarves (or a cardigan like the awesome one you just finished) could spice up my work clothes nicely.

    …Right, going to go do some knitting!

    • Wait, are you moving to San Francisco? When is this happening? And I get so many projects done by knitting in front of Netflix every night. If I wasn’t able to multitask my movie-viewing and my knitting, I’d wouldn’t be nearly as productive.

      • My boyfriend and I are moving to SF in about 6 months when I finish school (give or take board exams etc.) — he has an independent video game company and that’s where the indie game community sort of lives. I do love knitting while watching things, so maybe I should untangle my Netflix queue!

        How far is [city in which you currently live that never registered to me because California used to be a strange foreign place in my world] from San Francisco? Or do you just get there a lot?

        • That’s awesome! I live way down in Orange County, which is like 7 hours from SF, but my boyfriend & I get up there a couple of times a year. You should seriously, seriously check out ImagiKnit immediately when you get to SF; you will have a heart attack from joy. Not only is it perhaps the biggest LYS I’ve ever seen, but it’s also staffed entirely by young cool people as opposed to old ladies (who run just about every single LYS down here in the OC), so it’s full of stuff that young cool knitters want. We’ll definitely have to hang out when you move there, but I’m also coming back east in just a couple of days & will be there through the end of the month; I’ll let you know when I’m going to be in the city!

          • Oooh, fun! Keep me updated about your trip — I’m on a reasonably calm rotation and actually can see people sometimes.

            That shop sounds reallllly dangerous! I mean, dangerously awesome, but definitely the dangerous part. Really really large AND full of cool people? Yikes… 🙂

  2. Your Audrey cardigan looks so, so beautiful on you!! Love the final result. And your wips are looking so awesome, too!! That beaded shawl is looking very lovely…

  3. I just finished Audrey, too. It’s a great pattern, and yours looks wonderful.

    I have freakishly short arms as well — I have to alter sleeve lengths in every pattern, pretty much.

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