Last night I worked on Green Gable for a few hours and now I only have about three inches left on the body to go, plus those few rounds on the sleeves. So I am almost DONE! I hope I don't run out of yarn. The pattern says you only need two skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for the smallest size, and it seems like I have a decent amount left to do what I have remaining (over 1/2 skein.) I should have a modeled picture of it by the end of the weekend unless I get distracted by something else...
One thing I learned this time with the BSCF is always to pull from the center on it. I know people always say to do this, so it might not sound like rocket science (and it's not anyway) but someone else had told me that the skeins were unmanageable if you did pull from the center on this yarn, so I always used the outer strand of yarn. Big mistake, because I always had a tangle-y mess about 2/3 of the way through the skein. I had even tried re-winding these on the ball winder, and that gave me the same result. But if you just use that center pull strand (do NOT pull out all the other yarn that's in the center) there is no tangling whatsoever, all the way to the last inch.
Anyway, enough reflection on how to work with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.
I got my latest issue of Vogue Knitting and I like a number of the patterns again this time. It seems like I never knit anything from this magazine, even though I like the patterns. I don't see a lot of other people knitting their patterns out here in the "blogosphere" either but do see lots of Interweave Knits patterns being worked on and even "knitted along" on - I wonder why this is. Maybe because they are not usually presented in a one-piece, seamless option like many of the Interweave Knits patterns are. Or maybe it is that the IK patterns are just that much better. I ALWAYS have something I LOVE in IK, whereas VK is not so consistent.
Anyway, here's what I like in this issue of VK:
Can you tell I love lace designs?! (Sorry about the flash spot...)
This suit - but particularly the shape of the top. I have a few fine-gauge silk sweaters like this from Eileen Fisher that I really love for work. It'd be great to create more in different colors.
This tank is different - I like the multidirectional look of the texture:
This simple tank:
And their one crochet pattern - although I wouldn't put the bows on:
Have a great weekend, and Happy Knitting!!