Manu from Heaven

This is, hands down, my favorite knit so far

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Designer: Kate Davies

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK in Olivia, 6 skeins

I loved everything about this.  The pattern is so well written and comes in a bunch of sizes so it fits perfectly.  The only modifications I made were to mirror the pleats, which you can see clearly on the back detail photo, and I had to shorten the pockets by an inch because I very nearly ran out of yarn.  In the original pattern the pleats all go the same way around the neck, and I much prefer the look of the mirrored pleats. Here is where I am so grateful to the internet else I never would have been able to make it look like that! I loved the i-cord edging even though it took a while; it adds such a nice, finished look to the edges.

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This was the yarn I picked up in San Francisco after my long airport stay where I used up all the yarn I’d brought with me. Because the yarn is hand-dyed, there can be big variations between skeins, so they lay out all the skeins they have in a particular colorway so you can pick the ones that are most similar.  5 of them were almost identical, one was darker, so I used that one and alternated rows for the sleeves for a perfect blended look with no pooling.

Picking out buttons is always tough-I had a hard time deciding between the yellow shell or wooden buttons, but I thought that these echoed the overall feel of the sweater and brought out the lighter tones.

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Anyway, I love it and want one in another color!

Knitting updates!

After a few video heavy kids posts, here’s some recent knitting instead.  I know, I know, JUST what you all were waiting for.

First up, a pair of fingerless gloves-the first ones I’ve ever knit with fingers. I used a men’s glove pattern (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html)  (wordpress isn’t letting me link in text so I have to add it in for this post) and knit the smallest size, hoping that they would fit my huge man hands.  (Yes, my hands are bigger than yours.  If you don’t believe me, ask me next time and we’ll compare.  I’ll win.  Unless you’re a large man.) As it turns out, they were just a bit too big for me, but happened to fit someone else I know rather nicely.

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As a side weather note for those of you not here in Denver, that was taken TODAY.  After some of the snow had melted. I’m quite happy that I’ve been lazy about getting the garden started this year.

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Well, grumble.  What’s a knitter to do? Well, I suppose I just had to knit my own pair

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For this one I switched patterns, doing the innovative “Knucks” pattern from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html).  In this one, you knit the fingers FIRST and then attach them to the hand.  Much faster and a lot less fixing of holes.  I think if I were to make another pair of these I’d only do them fingers down.

Here’s a pic of an update of the sweater that I’ve been working on since October, on the Lego™ table.

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This is the fabulous “Manu” by Kate Davies (http://katedaviesdesigns.com/designs/manu), knitted in my first Madeline Tosh.  I understand the obsession with that yarn now.

For those of you that don’t know Kate Davies,(and really, if you’re not a knitter why would you) I find her doubly fascinating.  Not only is she an amazing knit designer, but last year she had a very unexpected stroke and blogged about it. Reading about her experiences as a stroke patient, her recovery, her experience with the Scottish medical system, and how she has knitted through it all, has given me a lot of insight into my own stroke patients at the hospital.  I encourage any health care provider who takes care of stroke patients to check out her blog and subsequent recovery. Here’s her blog- http://katedaviesdesigns.com

I’m hoping to get this sweater finished soon, before it’s too warm to wear it.  The way things are going, that might be awhile yet.