January 23, 2011

Nimbus Completed

I completed Nimbus tonight, hooray! I spent Saturday afternoon seaming the pieces after blocking/drying last weekend, and decided to add the collar by picking up stitches and knitting on directly rather than seaming. I'm still not so great at seaming, but doing the shoulder seams, attaching the sleeves, and then finishing up the sides was really good practice.

 I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It was fun to knit with size 11 needles and the Peruvia Quick yarn has such a nice feel and was great to work with. Now that I'm looking at the finished cardigan, I'm really glad I decided to make the bodice longer, it would've looked really silly on me had it been only 8" long.

As a finishing touch - a vintage red button from my personal collection. I love bright red with gray. Now I only hope it will get cold again here in sunny Southern California so I can get all cozied up in this cardigan. It will be in the 70F-80s all week!

January 10, 2011

A Nimble Start

Happy 2011! I decided my very first project of the year will be Nimbus from Berroco Design Studio! I've had Nimbus in my queue for SO long. The style is really cute, classy and understated and everything that I love - I just wasn't sure if I wanted to buy any more yarn or use what I already have.

Well, I dropped by my LYS a few weeks ago and got to touch & feel Peruvia Quick, and that pretty much sealed the deal for me. It's lofty, warm and plush yet it felt light and not itchy at all! Of course, being from Berroco, Peruvia Quick had all sorts of delicious shades, and I was really tempted by the Aquamarina, Mostaza, and the Bing Cherry, but in the end I opted for something more neutral and versatile, the Gris Marengo which was the color used in the sample photo.

The pattern calls for size 11 needles - I hadn't knitted anything bulky in so long that when I started, it was going so quickly! I finished the back piece in a few days, adding a few more inches to the length of the bodice because I don't like tops that are too short, and I finished the right front and left front over the weekend. This week I'm starting the sleeves. So far it's going very well and the pattern is easy to follow. I hope I will finish before winter ends here in Southern California!

Here's to a prolific and fruitful 2011!