Monday, March 15, 2010

set a deadline, and made it...

I decided at the beginning of the weekend that I was going to finish the body of my Spring Cardigan. (I got tired of calling it the cotton/rayon cardigan - it's so pretty, it needed a name.)
I want to wear this soon, so a concerted effort had to be made.
Voila. One completed body, and 2 inches of a sleeve started. I had to force myself to stop - right now it hits just below the waist - once I add the bands and give it a soak to relax, it should finish up right at the top of the hips, which is what I wanted. So now it's sleeves, then the front and neck band (planned for garter stitch, to match the columns and rows of garter I have added in for textural interest), buttons, and I hope to be wearing this is a week or two.
Although it's looking like brown here, it's actually a rich olive green - this picture shows it a little truer to colour.

Up close (and back to looking brown), you can see the rayon (actually viscose) fibres wrapped with the cotton. The viscose adds a dimension of sheen and drape against the matte cotton, which does the job of holding the shape. Pure viscose would be too slinky and pure cotton wouldn't drape the way this does. The problem of course is when you blend two fibres like this, the yarn tends to be splitty. But not as bad as I was expecting, so it's worth it.

I really must find the bag of black Luna I know I bought - I'd make another sweater like this in a heartbeat.

7 comments:

Lucky Canuck said...

Looks great and you could wear it this week if you're fast enough finishing!

Needles said...

Looking good. Luna is one of my favourites.

KnitTech said...

You're almost done. Keep up the good work.

Sigrun said...

can just imagine how the yarn feels. I'll be looking forward to the finished product.

Brenda said...

It looks lovely. IS it your design?

Carol said...

Looking good! I hear ya on the splitty. The Black Tomato sweater I made was a cotton silk blend. Soft and lovely. AND splitty.

Sel and Poivre said...

Oh that sounds like it just feels like spring! I love the close up of the fabric illustrating how the different strands go together and offset each other.

I also love the vertical stripes of contrasting texture.

It really looks like a piece to go to again and again once its in your closet - no wonder you want it off the needles and into the wardrobe!