Sunday, March 19, 2006
But isn't it almost spring? Yes, it is dear friends. I'm talking about my Angelica tunic that I completed last week. I didn't get a chance to take her picture until this weekend. We finally had a break in the rain and general unpleasantness. I like her quite a lot and will be wearing her a lot this spring. I think she will be perfect for next fall too, the Indian summer time for sure. So without further ado, here are the specs. Pattern: Angelica Renaissance Tunic by Stephanie Japel Yarn: Cotton/rayon/silk blend handpainted by Over the Rainbow Yarns in the Autumn colorway Needles: I used size 11 circ for most of it, and a size 8 circ for the keyhole Time to complete: Once I got started, this sweater took about 2 and a half weeks, give or take. I don't keep real complete records on when I start a knit. What I learned: Most of the skills needed for this sweater, I'm already familiar with. I have to say, that I did learn a bit about how to attach a crochet loop for the button. I crocheted a rather long chain, and ended up tacking it in several places behind the sweater. This makes for a more stable buttonhole, and makes the finished product look more tidy. I also found that even though my yarn as advertised fit the intended gauge of the sweater, I achieved a much more drapey fabric than many of the other knitters who've made this and used wool, or even the Hipknits silk suggested. I can only surmise that this has to do with the fiber content, and the needle size I had to go to to achieve gauge. I rather like the extra drape. I also found that Over the Rainbow Yarns makes a fine dyed yarn. This colorway is gorgeous and knit up really nicely with minimal pooling. I want to thank everyone who left such supportive comments about the loss of my grandmother. It has been a difficult time, and I really appreciate the concern, thougts, and prayers.