Big Project MondayI’m planning my next big project today. I believe I’ve shared this pin with you – either here on blog or on my Facebook page – as a beautiful knitting project. But it kind of stuck you know…

This time my goal would be something warm for summer nights. Living on the island has it’s flaws. It’s windy and moist – not overly warm I say…

As you can see on the pin (you have to click by the way) it’s pretty straight forward.Β Basically I need to knit two huge pieces. But…

I’m thinking I want to use some other stitch pattern for this. Of course I do, right? It would be too easy otherwise πŸ˜€

 

I’m thinking “Lace with cables” from one of my history post.

Beautiful shawl pattern with lace and cables

Well, what do you think?

I believe it’s lacy enough and it has cables so…

Yes – decided. This is my pattern for my knit poncho. Is it a poncho?

Anyway – now the hard part. Also, most fun part (for now at least). YARN… (no, it wasn’t shouting… it was happy high-pitched shriek πŸ˜€ ).

Let’s look at my expectations. It’s quite a big piece so it needs to be light, but heavy enough to “fall” nicely (very contradictory, I know). At the same time I want it to be warm, but not too warm (again… :D).

It’s good that you’re a knitter. Otherwise you might be thinking that I don’t know what I want πŸ˜€ But you understand me very well, don’t you?

I’m gonna most certainly use something natural. But not 100% wool. Oh no…

wool + cotton? cotton + linen? ahhh… alpaca + silk?

And then the color…. Pink like on the picture? Or maybe white (oh I love white). Maybe something bright? Like yellow or blue … Oh, oh, oh – purple? πŸ˜€

Common, would you help me out here? πŸ˜€

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21 thoughts on “Big project Monday – new project

  • 11. April 2016 at 17:53
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    Oh, this will be sooo pretty! My recommendation would be a nice wool, maybe a little alpaca thrown in, but definitely silk in the mix. I used to always knit with acrylics and surprisingly i find I like wool, some of it anyway, and I love the sheen that silk gives a piece. Maybe you want a lot of silk in the mix. I live in the south of USA, so my summer nights are not even cool in the heart of summer. (Just for the record, what island do you live on?)
    Color? Not that washed out pink in the picture, and white is so plain. I’d go for something with spunk! A nice mustardy yellow (if you can wear that color), or a teal/blue/green color. In my younger years, I would have done it in white or beige (practical), but I’ve “wised up” with age and say, why not enjoy the pretty colors, even if you can’t wear it with everything (and who says you can’t). I really like the saying, “knit with the good yarn FIRST”.

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    • 11. April 2016 at 18:00
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      Thanks for your opinion. I think you’re right about using good yarn. I tend to be “cheap”, but this time I think I’m gonna splurge little bit. And actually I really like the thought of blue… Oh this is so hard… Fun but hard πŸ˜€

      By the way – I live in little country called Estonia, on the island called Hiiumaa https://www.google.ee/maps/@58.8352199,22.894933,9.5z πŸ™‚

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  • 11. April 2016 at 19:33
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    If you could order online, KnitPicks.com has beautiful yarn called, Gloss a lace weight 70% merino wool and 30% silk blend for under 7.00 US Dollars. I use it to make shawls that everyone loves, when they findout it is a wool/silk blend that always ask if it was very exspenive to make . When I tell them it cost less than 20.00 to make they do not believe me. It comes in many color choices, the Kenai is a beutiful blueish green blend of color.

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    • 11. April 2016 at 19:37
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      Thank you – I’m checking it out…like literally…. as we speak πŸ˜€

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  • 11. April 2016 at 21:40
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    Nice pattern, I think it would look great in a nice Jade colour. Depending on what time of year you intend to wear it will be the influence for the yarn. I tend to wear polo necks from Autumn through to Spring as I need the high neck to cover my crushed vertabrae.. I don’t like tight polo necks but as you say you live on a small island so you may get more wear out of it than I. Cables will put weight into the garment so I wouldn’t go to a heavy weight yarn a blend should work well; if you can wear wool then there are lots to choose from. I have used Acrylic and cashmere in the past and it knits up nicely but may be a bit light for your purpose. Have fun doing your research. Looking forward to seeing your final choices.
    Tina

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    • 12. April 2016 at 06:58
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      Thanks Tina and exactly my thoughts. At this point, I’m wondering if pure silk would be too heavy for this… I’ve never used pure silk…

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  • 12. April 2016 at 06:13
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    Very interesting choice for summer! I think whatever yarn you select needs to be not too heavy with all the drape this design has. It might droop too much if a rayon or other heavier fiber were used.

    Can’t wait to see how this looks with the stitch pattern you propose. I think its gonna be a beautiful piece.

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    • 12. April 2016 at 07:00
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      Yes, I’m afraid of this – yarn needs to be exactly right because if it’s too heavy then it’s gonna look awful…

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  • 15. April 2016 at 18:51
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    I love the shapeing of that garment. I recently finished Coco Knits, Belle by Jilie Weisenberger for my granddaughter who is seven months pregnant. That twisty shape looks wonderful on anyone and I love the idea of lace and cables. I can’t wait to see your new one.

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    • 15. April 2016 at 19:07
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      Thanks πŸ™‚ I’m already working on it πŸ˜€

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  • 16. April 2016 at 00:35
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    Hi, wool/silk blend would be beautiful in a lace weight. The wool would hold the shape and the silk will give a soft sheen, drapes well too without sagging. I don’t know where you would buy this fibre as I spin a lot of my own yarn. Perhaps you could find some over there as those beautiful Estonian shawls are sometimes made of this blend. If you can only get white yarn and dye it yourself the blend will have a slight difference in the amount of colour each fibre takes up, most attractive.
    Fay

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    • 16. April 2016 at 08:01
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      Yes, I’m still searching this kind of blend, but still haven’t found it. When it’s right blend then there are no colors I like and vice versa πŸ˜€ And most Estonian shawls are from lace weight yarn – little too thin I think… I’ll find my perfect yarn, I’m sure – too bad it takes so long, I wanted to show it on Monday πŸ˜€

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  • 16. April 2016 at 03:30
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    That sweater has got to be the most wonderful design I’ve seen in a long time. I’ll agree with previous posters, a good quality yarn – merino with both baby alpaca and silk would be heavenly to wear. It definitely would be more expensive but this is a unique, showy garment that guaranteed would make one feel like a million dollars. Not too heavy and chunky a yarn, yet heavy enough so it would maintain it’s shape and beautiful textures.. The colour choice you show is lovely, so would a soft silver (warm pale grey)
    It is a beautiful design………

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    • 16. April 2016 at 08:02
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      Yes, that’s why I want to choose my yarn with special care this time. Yarn and color needs to be perfect πŸ˜€

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  • 17. April 2016 at 13:18
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    Like the pattern & totally agree that the open lace pattern (shown in the acqua) would lend a more transitional feel. Anything with silk would give it a nice drape, can you get a silk/alpaca blend? I generally use only a small amount of wool because I’m really sensitive. Personally something in a light colour would be more transitional, maybe a lilac???

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    • 17. April 2016 at 14:37
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      Yes, silk or silk blend will be nice. Actually I chose my yarn and color I chose was jaw dropping πŸ˜€ Absolutely nothing like me – but I’m not revealing it yet πŸ˜€ It was a silk blend and I’ve never spent this much money on a yarn πŸ˜€ So I’m quite giddy πŸ˜€

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      • 18. October 2016 at 17:54
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        Do you know how much yarn will be needed? Will alpaca/silk blend work? So excited to get more detail!

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        • 18. October 2016 at 20:25
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          I’m sorry, I don’t know anything yet. πŸ™‚ I can give you more information once I’m done or about to finish… I think alpaca / silk blend sounds fantastic. I can say that I have total of 1 kg of that yarn. I figured that if it’ll be enough for big sweater, then it should be enough for my afghan…but I can’t promise you anything – it may be too little, and it may be too much…

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  • 30. April 2016 at 13:35
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    I saw your video and your accent is not bad at all, in fact, I was surprised your English was so good. Don’t know why I was surprised for you write in English very well. What language is your “native” tongue?
    Well, back to the video, I Love, Love, Love your yarn!! That color will be beautiful on you and why not get people’s attention when you wear one of your lovely creations? I’m excited for you. I love to get new yarn, especially when I have a certain project in mind. Can’t wait to see how it develops.

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    • 30. April 2016 at 14:04
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      Thank you πŸ™‚ I’m still nervous about this video and I even don’t know why – it was huge for me. It took me 5 hours to click a button of “send” πŸ˜€ I’m Estonian – I have studied English but I don’t have much speaking experience… I started this blog in English to practice and it really helped. Now I need to tackle a fear of speaking πŸ˜€ I’m even scared to speak publicly in Estonian so… πŸ˜€

      Yarn is fantastic – I already made a swatch and will block it soon. I’m really really excited :)I guess it’s common thing for knitters – excitement of new yarn πŸ˜€

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  • 28. October 2016 at 20:08
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    Great project, indeed! It’ll look awesome almost in any colour… but black, perhaps… not sure!

    It’ll also be my ‘singular sweater’ for this winter; Don’t know if someone has already commmented it -don’t have enough time today to read all the comments- but the designer herself call it odd sweater, or something like this. (You know how on-line translators work πŸ˜‰ )
    Well, sure it’s not a poncho… it could be but it shouldn’t have the ‘elastic band’ at the hips. Ponchos go down as capes, they can have different lengths, of course; and you can wear them with a belt as well but don’t have that bottom part sweaters have!

    Anyways, it’s really a ‘must’ and I’m going for the yarn right now

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