A couple weeks ago I finally put the finishing stitches on Purl Bee‘s cap sleeve lattice top sweater. The Purl blog is one of my favorites and this is the third sweater I’ve knitted from their site. They have all been simple, straightforward patterns, with lots of pretty pictures along the way. Nice to have a summer knitting project- I finished a toasty wool sweater in May that has been sitting forlornly in my closet.
I knitted the lattice top with Sirdar Snuggly baby bamboo DK weight yarn. It’s an 80% bamboo, 20% wool blend with a very soft touch and pretty drape. These colors are Scooby Blue and Cream and remind me of some lovely piece of Wedgwood Jasperware. This is also the second project I’ve knitted using my Addi Click needles. Oh boy, these babies really do feel like the Rolls Royce of knitting needles, and they were worth every penny!
The first project I knitted with the Addis was this simple seed stitch cowl. I fell in love with Noro Shiro, a gorgeously dyed Japanese wool/cashmere/silk blend, and ordered two balls of it as soon as it went on sale. This was my first time knitting with “fancy” yarn, though the Purl website is certainly all about ridiculously expensive fiber. I considered knitting some pretty lacy pattern, but the yarn is nubby and organic, and I figured the pattern shouldn’t be too precious. I decided to just work a very simple cylinder cowl in seed stitch. This one used up both 50 gram balls with just enough to spare to seam the side up. Bonus- knitting this cowl helped maintain my sanity during a terrifying tiny plane ride out of Rutland, Vermont. Who needs Xanax when there’s knitting.
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