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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I just sent this:

off to a magazine. I debated how much to show here, but in the end, opted to be safe. I don't think they'd be too pleased if I showed too much of the stitch pattern. Suffice it to say, I couldn't stop petting it - it's very soft and light. When it comes out, I'll post more about this then. I hope it won't be too long a wait - it's very hard to complete something and not share!

I've been intermittently obsessed about making a simple, moderately fitted cardigan out of Jaggerspun Zephyr - a wonderfully soft merino/silk laceweight yarn that comes in beautiful colors. There's an almost tweedy character to the shades due to the shifts in dye intensity when it comes in contact with the merino and silk. I have a cone of the suede (toffee) shade burning a hole in my stash. At first, it was to become this:
I've knit this already for a friend (but forgot to take a photo before it was gifted - drat!) out of the recommended Suss Fishnet Alpaca yarn (a doubled yarn composed of 2 laceweight strands of an alpaca/viscose blend). And I wanted one for myself, but in a slightly less fuzzy yarn. I saw something very similar to this recently at the BCBG Outlet store and still love it; so I think I'll still knit this someday in Jaggerspun Zephyr.

But the moderately fitted cardigan continues to beckon. I'd love to kill 2 birds with one stone and possibly submit whatever I come up with as a design idea for some publication - the problem is that I've rarely seen Jaggerspun Zephyr used for anything other than shawls/scarves in commercial publications. Knitting a long-sleeved cardigan out of a laceweight yarn - even if it's knit in a slightly larger gauge to give a somewhat sheer effect - doesn't have much widespread appeal I guess. Oh well...

The problem with obsessions is that they never quite leave you alone. They interrupt your thoughts, burrow their way into your subconscious, and refuse to be exorcised until they're realized - one way or another.


Blogger Melissa said...

laceweight long sleeve cardigan, that sounds like my kind of sweater - but i'm also crazy so I don't think I'm your average knitter! :)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Iris G said...

I've made fingerless mitts with Zephyr, and they pilled crazily. This merino and tussah silk blend, when knitted into something that gets worn (friction), just won't stand the test of time, imho.
BTW, the reason why it's not seen in knitting mags is probably because Zephyr is a weaving yarn.
Congratulations on your accepted pattern!

4:31 PM  

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