A.Co Knits

October 17, 2011


Filed under: Stripes!,Sweaters — Tags: , , — alcohen @ 11:03 pm

My Stripes obsession began last year. I walked into my Poli Sci class, looked across the table, and saw a girl in a striped sweater. I immediately was intrigued, and spent the entire hour and fifteen minutes figuring out how I could make my own that mimicked the best parts of the sweater I saw in front of me while rectifying its faults (needless to say, I didn’t do so hot in Poli Sci that semester).

Now, over a year later, I present Stripes!

This is my first sweater design, and I’m in love with it. It uses two fingering weight sock yarns in an alternating color pattern, and has waist shaping to give it a fitted look.

I know it’s the wrong season for a sweater like this, but I wore it over a t-shirt at Rhinebeck and it was perfect for the fall weather. If you wanted to, you could lengthen the sleeves and it would be more appropriate for fall and winter.

The sweater is knit in pieces and seamed with set-in cap sleeves. It’s a fairly quick knit (I had other things going on, so it took me a while, but I ended up knitting the fronts and sleeves in under a week). I’ve written the pattern for multiple sizes, and many of them only use 2 skeins of sock yarn, so it’s a great way to use a couple special skeins. I used Dream in Color Smooshy and Slackford Studio Hedonist Sock, which is part cashmere. Stripes is soft, lightweight, and comfortable.

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry or by clicking here.

October 16, 2011

Rhinebeck 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — alcohen @ 9:48 pm

My mom and I just got back from Rhinebeck. We had so much fun!

When we walked in, we saw kangaroos and lemurs.

Then we got down to the yarn buying. We managed to hit every tent/booth before it started raining. Towards lunchtime, it started to get very crowded. I didn’t even go into the Sanguine Gryphon booth because the line was so long, as always.

Here’s a picture of the Ravelry meetup. We didn’t go, but I passed by on the way back from putting some of our purchases in the car.

All in all, it was a great day, and we got some gorgeous stuff. My mom got some sport weight wool to make a sweater, but I made the bigger purchases of the day. I have been dying to make Vivian since I tried on Ysolda’s sample when she came to Brooklyn General (it fit me perfectly, even though it’s not my size…it’s like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants jeans). I got this chunky yarn for it from Wild Apple Hill Farm in a gorgeous purple color.

Then I got this really sparkly laceweight from Maple Creek Farms. I got sock yarn from them a couple Rhinebecks ago, and I loved it, so I made sure to go back to the booth. I’m planning to make Icarus with it.

To top it off, I got a spinning batt from Loop. It’s self striping and sparkly and gorgeous.

All in all, it was a terrific weekend, and I’m super happy with my purchases. Hope everyone who went had as much fun as we did!

P.S. More coming about the sweater I’m wearing in the picture in the next blog post!

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