FO Friday: Goodale Firewood

 

And then a miracle occurred … I finished a sweater, for me! Of course it’s only just barely a sweater, with no sleeves, an open front, and a cropped length.  But, still, a sweater!

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Project: Goodale Firewood

Pattern: Goodale

Designer: Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Available: $5 on Ravelry

Yarn: Tosh Pashmina in Firewood

Oh my goodness, have you ever touched Tosh Pashmina? mmmmhmmmmm. It’s just that good.  My size (45.25″) used just a smidge over two skeins — so not quite as insane as making a whole sweater out of this heavenly, but oh-so-dear, substance. Goodale was designed for Tosh Pashmina, and it worked up beautifully in this simple-but-elegant pattern.

I don’t usually make things with raglan shaping, because that shape hangs funny on me.  But, I figured the open front and lack of sleeves would be forgiving, and I was (happily) correct.  I absolutely love the clever little pockets, created by folding the fronts back and tacking them in place.  The whole front has an i-cord edge, so there’s very little finishing to be done. (Even so, I stalled out for a bit with only the neck edge and sleeve ribbing left to go!)

I wore this cardi to the Fiber Fest with a shawl pin at the neck, but I went ahead and put on buttons that night — I love the little i-cord closure.  I was tempted to make the cardi a bit longer … but I think I would have ruined the proportions.  As it is, I’m glad to have 90% of a skein of Tosh Pashmina to play with.

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Did I mention the adorable pockets?

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I remain in awe of Madelinetosh’s gorgeous colorways.

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FO Friday: Foxglove Cloche

Sometimes a knitter needs an instant-gratification kind of project …

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Project: Foxglove Cloche

Pattern: Lea Cloche

Designer: Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Available: in Weekend Hats

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Foxglove

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The hat begins from a circular cast-on at the crown. Increases go along the four purl “seams.” I ended up adding one additional round of increases, because my head is big and my gauge was a tiny bit tight. Other than that, I knit as written! I tried to add some length to the brim, but it curled terribly.  I had to rip out my modified brim and go back to the as-written one — which, you can see, worked perfectly.

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I’m very pleased with my ribbon and button! Both found at Jo-Anns.

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