It has not been the best knitting weather here. It has been a bit hot, especially for Colorado, especially for 7,000 feet up in the mountains. I went to knitting group, but there was only one other knitter (plus the shop clerk) there. It was in the 80s and I understand if the other members thought it was too hot to knit!
It is summer. In honor of that, I've decided to have a summer repeat. I knitted Bianca's Jacket last year, but since that was before I had this blog, I haven't discussed it here.
I did post this picture a few entries back, which prompted some to ask for more views. I'll oblige in this post, and start with the basics: the pattern appeared in the Fall '06 issue of Interweave Knits. I used 4 hanks of Artful Yarns Fable which I had in my stash. I had bought this yarn in a yarn shop in Fort Walton Beach the summer before, and finally decided it might be enough for this short, lace-yoked jacket. I really liked the Fable, especially in the golden-brown/green/teal colorway. I thought 4 hanks, with nearly 200 yards in a hank, would be enough for a crocheted tank top. It would have been, but I began knitting, and my choice of pattern changed accordingly. I looked at patterns for months before finding Bianca's Jacket and deciding
I would have enough yarn for it. It was enough yarn, but barely enough--I had to go with 3/4 length sleeves instead of the long sleeves the pattern has. Actually, they end just past my elbow. I puzzled a bit about the length. As I read the pattern, the lack of shaping and the lace cuff would produce a bell-shaped sleeve. I didn't want a bell-shaped sleeve. I thought if I ended it at the elbow, the lack of shaping wouldn't matter. It is simply a straight sleeve, with a lace cuff.
The yoke and the shaping in the bodice work out well in the Fable, which has enough silk in it to enhance the drape. The pattern was written for 100% silk yarn. Fable is mostly cotton, with 15% silk. Despite the difference in fiber, it works well for this pattern. It was the right gauge, but I was in between sizes and decided to cast on for the smallest size to save yarn. Due to the stretchiness of the lace pattern, it does fit.
I wore this little jacket over a long sleeved shirt on the second day of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I didn't wear it to show it off. I really hadn't planned to wear any of my handknits to the festival--I was intimidated by the presence of tens of thousands of knitters. The thought of allowing them to see my knitting, to judge my knitting, was not appealing. However, it turned so cold, I was forced to layer whatever bits of clothing I had brought in order to keep warm. I was glad, in the end. I received compliment after compliment on it, from the woman who stopped her car in the parking area to tell me she knit it at the beach the summer before, to the exhibitor who asked me if I designed it. I'm proud of my little jacket. You see, my knitting ocasionally produces a wearable item. Not often, but sometimes.