I began Liesl this weekend. I’ve been drooling over this pattern for a year now. It’s a airy tunic length summer top, that will be nice to wear over leggings or skinny jeans;however, it is made with linen fiber. Linen has definite postive and negative attributes.
1. Makes a lovely organic textured fabric
2. Softens over time with washing and has a nice drape
1. Hard on the hands -I am a massage therapist-this is not good……at all : (
2. Annoying feeling of wire in your hands ..yuk!
The negatives put me in a debate over whether to take on this project. I could’ve chosen a linen blend, but I fell in love with this sandalwood shade from Louet. It’s wet spun and….Machine Washable! I was sold.
Getting gauge was kind of tricky. I managed to get the stitch gauge at 3 needle sizes down, but not the row gauge. The test swatch was fine, but now that I’m 4 inches in, my stitch gauge is slightly off. Since this is a loose-fitting top, I think it will still work out (cross fingers) .
PROJECT #2- Needles
I was ecstatic when Ravelry introduced a needle inventory page. Finally there was a place I could go to reference what I had in my needle inventory. One of the reasons this was such a boon is because my system for keeping needles was atrocious. Needles were scattered all over the house, sitting in abandoned skeins of yarn, in my clothes draws, some were hanging on closet hangers….etc It was a complete mess! I bought a circular knitting case eons ago, but never took the time to get the needles in it. Why! …. I don’t know. Some things elude the anal retentive personality.
Ahh. this is soooo much better. It makes me feel…once more…ecstatic! I can find them! All of them! I don’t know why I waited so long to do this. There are still a few stragglers hanging around, but I’ll be purchasing another case to house them too.