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FO Friday: Coquette

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It is finally, finally finished. Yesterday, after a long, long day of classes, I managed to dredge up the energy required to unpin it from my blocking mats, sew up the armholes, and sew in all of the ends (well, most of the ends. I promise that you cannot see the little one I missed around the armhole). So I can introduce you to a finished version of Coquette.

Everything about this pattern was pretty much a surprise, mostly in a good way. I don’t usually enjoy summer patterns, but Interweave Knits Summer 2012 was pretty good, and I ended up falling in love with this vest/tank top by Adrienne Larson. By complete accident, I ended up purchasing the required yarn, Zitron Filigran (100% wool). This may be the first time that ever happened!

As for mods, I did shorten the pattern considerably. Even though I did a guage swatch, I think my tension must have changed while I knitted. I blocked almost entirely for length, and the tank is overall looser than I expected. This was actually a happy surprise, as I was expecting something very fitted, and now I may even be able to wear this while working! Besides that, the pattern did call for an icord finishing, but I’m scrapping that. The selvage along the edges is plenty even, and I really, really do not feel like making lace weight icord for a year.

Also surprisingly, I have over 3/4 of a 100g skein left, which is pretty impressive considering the next size up requires you to buy an extra skein. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with it, but it might make a very pretty summer shawlette. That is, if I ever feel like working with lace weight again!

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Now that I’m finally finished with the vest, I’m really excited to move on to some other long-term projects. My mom wants a sweater for the Holidays, so I should probably get seriously started on that. I have the yarn, and I’ve even make a swatch- I just need to block it. Plus there’s the short-term hat on my needles (another present).

And I can’t stop thinking about a design collection that I’ve got stuck in my head. Now is probably not the time to start thinking about something this long term, but it’s an idea that I really, really like. I’m considering approaching Knit Picks about an ebook, although I have no idea what that process looks like. The other option would be self-publishing on ravelry, and I also don’t have much of an idea how that would go, either. Do any of you have any advice for more about that?

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WIP Wed.: Coquette Tank

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This WIP Wed. post is brought to you by the Coquette Tank.

Right side= pretty

Believe it or not, a lace-weight tank is not the quickest project ever. Who would have thought? Still, I’m getting used to working with lace weight and enjoying the process along the way. I may have to abandon this project for holiday knitting, but I think that I will be happy to come back to it. Besides that, school has been a little bit insane, so I don’t have too much time to talk. I hope your week is going a little better!

Wrong side=ugly

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Yarn Acquisitions!

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Before I go back to unpacking (I just moved into my first apartment!), I wanted to share my newest skeins with you 🙂 Sorry about the quick post, but there is a lot lot lot to do, plus I want time to work on the delightfully addictive socks that I’ll talk about Wed.

Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice

First, there is one skein of Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice (100% Merino Wool- 250 yds/100g) in the Cinnamon color, a lovely brown. The yarn is really thick and luscious- exactly what you would expect from Merino wool. I think that I’ll make a Windschief with it- I got the pattern for 1/2 off a couple of weeks ago! I’ve been pretty jealous of everyone else’s, and I think that it would make a great Hanukah present for my father.

Zitron Filigree

The second yarn is two skeins of Zitron Filigran (100% Merino- 600m/100g) in a lavender color. I’ll probably use it to make myself the Coquette Vest, which I have been lusting after ever since it came out in the summer issue of Interweave Knits. I bought the yarn not even noticing that it’s exactly what is called for in the pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever used the required yarn for a pattern before. I’ve always thought that I am a tight knitter, so now I’ll get to compare my guage to someone using the exact same yarn!

Ahh- there’s no picture on the ravelry page! The Coquette Vest is on the right.