Balmoral cardigan Started: February 2005 Completed: August 2, 2005
Pattern: Dale of Norway book 115
Yarn: Dale Sisik in 1031 Aubergine
Needles: size 3 and 5 Addi Naturas (29" and 40") Some detail shots:
I can officially say that this is my favorite thing that I have knit so far. This cardigan is so ME! I love the color, the tweedy yarn, the velvet ribbon! I am also very happy with the overall fit. Far too many of my knits sit in my closet because they did not turn out how I wanted them to… this will not be the case with Balmoral. This knit will be my staple in fall and winter, and I can even wear her now in the chilly Archives where I work! I did modify a few things… I made the neck a little wider and did not lace the ribbon around the neck and sides. I thought that the hem and waist were enough detail.
I started Balmoral back in the winter, after making the book/yarn purchase at All About Yarn. For some reason, I set her aside, and when I returned for good about 10 days ago, I knew this would be my next finished knit. It was a great joy to knit… even on the small needles!
The velvet ribbon detail is one of my favorite things. I really lucked out to find such a perfect color match at Joann earlier this year!
|This same book, Dale Adult 115 has another great pullover with some simple lace detailing (hard to make out in this pic) but this is definitely on my list off fall/winter knits. The yarn is wonderful and I love working with it, and I just happen to have enough skeins of blue Sisik in my stash!|
With this lovely cardigan all knit up, I will probably begin my Knit Picks Hourglass in the next few days.
However, I may take a quick detour for this…
I found this pattern through Libby. She searched for a bolero pattern and came up with this freebie from YesterKnits. That site is amazing! I was so impressed with the patterns they have. I requested the pattern and received 4 documents in return: instruction sheet, schematic, info on YesterKnits, and a photo of the finished bolero. I have some stash yarns that will be well-suited for a project like this–I am thinking red for this baby!
Around the house, we have been reaping what we have sown… We have had a nice crop of cucumbers and tomatos in recent days. We are also reaching the peak with many of our pepper varieties. Unforunately our zucchini got some sort of wilt and died, but it did produce three zucchinis before doing so. Kris made our first batch of pickles with the cucumbers and some of our dill, and this past weekend, he made some jars of his award-winning chipotle salsa. Last year, he canned about 20 jars of salsa… and all of them are gone. It was high time for some new stock! I daresay that this batch is better than last years! He really knows the right combo for yummy salsa.
Updated to add: The recipe that Kris used for the salsa is here:http://www.homecanning.com/usa/AlRecipes.asp?R=369 (he added the chipotles to the mix by himself–determined by taste!)
The pickles were canned using the standard "Refrigerator Dills" technique, which can be Googled for lots of results. HAVE FUN!
Hope to get some natural light pics of Balmoral soon… stay tuned… have a happy Wednesday!