Saturday, February 11, 2012

Karanfil*

Yesterday I started my first spring knitting project:


This is Kim Hargreaves' design Ghost, from her Calmer Collection book.  A nice, longish, slouchy belted cardigan.  Perfect for early spring.

I had originally started another Kim Hargreaves design with this yarn - Audrey - but after I got half way up the back I decided I just wasn't crazy about it.  It's a very pretty sweater, but I really don't like the feeling of clingy knits.

When I reorganized my knitting stash about a week ago, I discovered a whole bag of Calmer in Carnation (pink) that I'd forgotten about, because I put it in a place where I don't usually keep yarn.  So instead of the 15 balls I thought I had, I actually have 25!  I honestly don't remember buying so many bags of it, but there was a deal from Jannette's last year that obviously was too good to pass up!  I remember it being $20 a bag - a steal for a yarn that generally retails for $14 a ball!

Has anyone else started on spring knitting?  My list for spring is kind of long, so I thought I'd better get going!


*Karanfil is Turkish for carnation.

12 comments:

  1. What a pretty color! I don't like the feel of clingy knits either-- they make me feel sweaty and gross, plus I prefer a bit more modesty. The "Ghost" pattern is lovely! It's such a nice style, too-- perfect to throw on when you need a little extra warmth! Oh, and I really like Calmer! I wasn't sure I'd like knitting with cotton, but it makes such a nice, light fabric!

    I'm still working on cooler weather knitting, for now, mainly because I'm more drawn to fall/winter type cardigans.

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    1. Hehehe - I've heard Calmer referred to as "Crack for Knitters" and that's not far off, in my opinion!

      Interestingly, I'm more drawn to spring/summer knits - although they're a lot less practical!

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  2. I used Calmer in the first sweater I ever knit. It was a joy to knit with. I've often wondered how it wore but it was a gift and I've never inquired.
    After a long knitting hiatus (socks don't count), I'd like to knit something for spring. Not sure what or if I'll even get to it but the idea is there.

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    1. Calmer wears really well - you can machine wash it and run it through the dryer for 10 - 15 minutes, and it's good as new!

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  3. Gorgeous pinky-peach! Perfect for spring. :)

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  4. I also fell into the Janettes Calmer yarn sale trap! But now it's been discontinued and so I'm glad I have it! I love Ghost and haven't thought about that book in a while. It's around here somewhere, maybe I'll pull it out and copy you ;) Yes, I'm doing summer knits now too!

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    1. I love Jannette's! My wallet doesn't love it so much though! I'm glad too that I have the Calmer. Has the whole yarn been discontinued? I've been looking for information about it but haven't been able to find anything positive. Such a pity if it is.

      This will be the third sweater I'm making from that Calmer book! You should go ahead and copy - I think it's a great, casual sweater!

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  5. Ahh, spring knitting -- it's been on my mind although we suddenly got a bit of snow here in NY this weekend so go figure! As for discovering that you have 25 balls of Calmer, what a treat.

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    1. We got a sudden snowfall and drop in temperatures too! I had put aside my legwarmers to do for next year, and then I suddenly wished I had finished them afer all!

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  6. This pink a similar to the one I'm knitting into a pair of sox.

    This cardi is quite an undertaking. Lots of ?stockinette?

    hugs
    Gerry

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    1. Yes, lots of stockinette :-) But much bigger yarn and needles than I'm used to, so it shouldn't be too bad. Also, the Calmer is such a treat to knit.

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