Moooom...she's knitting in the car again!
Yep. Been car knitting again. Can you guess on what? <insert manly background music> The beginnings of a Husband's Manly Jacket
! [Pattern from Phildar Hommes Hiver 04/05
. Click here to see it
.] I'm using Phildar Pegase acrylic/wool blend in solid black and variegated black. My husband chose the pattern, and after I had KNIT THIS MUCH
of the sleeve he decided to ask, "What yarn are you using?" and this is how our conversation went after that:
Me: "I'm using Pegase. The same yarn I used for the other sweaters I knit for you."
Manly Husband: "Isn't there a lot of acrylic in that yarn?"
Me: "Yes...there's wool in it, too."
Manly Husband: "But won't it pill?"
It's official! My husband is turning into Yarn Snob.
Anyway. I finished one sleeve and managed to cast on for the second yesterday while watching Madonna and Antonio Banderas in Evita
*. And did your eagle eyes notice that I used the tubular cast-on for 2x2 ribbing on the sleeve
? The tubular cast-on is, hands down, my favorite cast-on for ribbings. But I don't get the chance to use it as often as I'd like because some yarns just don't lend themselves to it very well. Pegase, in spite of its high acrylic content [looks pointedly at Manly Husband], is perfect for the tubular cast-on because its elasticity allows the cast-on edge to recover after being stretched. It knits up on 3.5mm-4mm needles, so I used the yarn over method described in Katharina's Buss' Big Book of Knitting
instead of the stockinette stitch method in order to avoid a thick edge. The stockinette stitch tubular cast-on, described in Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook
, is the one I usually use for 2x2 ribbing because it has less of a slant, but it thickens the cast-on edge so I tend to use it on finer-gauge yarns only.
In other knitting-related news, the STASH ENHANCEMENT continues! My friend Evelyn
(a.k.a. "Chicago Evelyn") sent me a surprise package containing Crystal Palace Musique in beautiful shades of blue. [Runs madly around the room in circles from excitement.] It is gorgeous! Please, click here to see it and read about it