Seiren

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Central New Mexico rarely has “heavy coat weather,” but October-April is definitely “scarf season.” Temperatures rise and fall 30 degrees within a single day; mornings and evenings are chilly and afternoons warm-ish. A wool cardigan is enough to keep my arms and torso warm while driving to work and running errands, but my neck is always cold.

Enter Hiroku Fukatsu’s Seiren, an easy-to-memorize lace pattern done in fingering on size 4 needles (I used size 3).  A variant on the classic feather and fan, it’s reversible with a luscious, liquid drape.

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Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts red label in OOAK Laurel colorway.

I’ve typically shied away from fingering-weight projects because #windingandtangling, but now that I own a yarn winder I want to knit all the fingering-weight, drapey things, as soon as I get done making all the other things.

 

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What’s your favorite fingering-weight pattern or project?

 

 

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Spring Break, Part 1

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What takes the edge off of hosting a week-long family visit? Knitting cashmere in the round, that’s what.

I purchased Bonnie Marie Burn’s ChicKami pattern seven (!) years ago to make a gift for a friend and stashed it away once the project was finished….until 800 yards of Tanis Fiber Arts’  luscious amber label motivated me to dig it up. The color is Purple Purl, and reminds me of hydrangeas:

 

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Photo: Farmer’s Almanac

 

I made a size 40 chest, shaped waist version, with wide straps. My gauge swatch was spot-on stitch-wise, and a little tight row-wise. So….how did my FO wind up looking like this?

 

 

Apparently my week off was at least relaxing enough to loosen my knitting.

A quick google search yielded some shrinkage tips from Jerrod at Oxford Cloth Button Down, who advises that “you have to be okay with losing the sweater.” Well, I’m not okay with losing the sweater, but magical thinking has taken over and I’m inordinately hopeful that nothing bad will happen because, well, just because.

I’m going full bore and machine-washing the sweater in a pillow case in very hot water, hoping for sufficient shrinkage sans felting. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, any sweater shrinkage stories to tell?