Tuesday, March 27, 2007

My Precious Cottontail.

Laura has one. And now I have one, too. My Precious. My Precious Cottontail. Soon to be my Precious Cottontail Cardigan. We all need a Precious, a project that is sheer and utter joy to knit. Not one that you want a whole lot and so work, work, knit, knit, toil, toil to finish so that you can have it (ah, product knitting!), but rather one that you take pleasure in, every stitch, every moment you spend knitting it. Wait... I've become a process knitter?? So long as I have my Precious, I have.

Did I happen to mention that I love this yarn? I should clarify that the Cottontail is more wheaty-tan than smokey-gray. I might just be the biggest gray yarn lover ever, and, I must admit that when I purchased the Cottontail, I was expecting more gray than brown. But it turns out that I love this wheaty-tan. It's nice and subtle.

My Precious will soon be this fabulous Norah Gaughan cardigan. The thing I love most about this cardigan is that it is so full of different textures without being all full of cables. And it has some ingenious shaping in it: instead of decreasing through the waist, you knit sections through the middle with smaller sized needles. Interesting concept, I think. I'm not exactly sure whether or not the Cottontail is a perfect match for this cardigan--it may actually be a tad too thick--but I'm convinced that it will be a beautiful match in the end.

The first section of the back panel is already finished. The lace ribbing is so pretty. I start the next section, a K3, P3 ribbing, on smaller needles.

Off to follow the fiber trail to happy, contented process knitting...

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Blogger Emma said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous. I am looking forward to seeing your progress!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

That is a really cute pattern; I hadn't seen it before. It's nice to have a project that you truly enjoy on the needles. I need to cast on for those...right now I'm just trying to power through some gifts.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Carson said...

Big fat agreement with your blog today!
Love the restrained simplicity of grey yarn.
Actually it does look pretty grey in your photos but then cameras/monitors can do strange things to subtle hues.
So perhaps it should be called "Wheaten" after the biscuit (or cookies as you know them...cross cultural communication in baked goods can be confusing).

Also love Norah Gaughan.
I think she is my knitting designer du jour.
I'm planning on doing her Kenobi in Beaverslide fishermans weight (I checked out your link yesterday...can't argue with those prices!)
Very intrigued by this idea of smaller needle size for 'decreasing'. Will follow your progress with interest.

So... should your post title be sung to the tune of "My Funny Valentine"?

11:35 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

I agree. It's definitely good to enjoy the process, but it's also good to be working on something that you want or at least someone you know would want to have! I've got a few beautiful fos that I made just because I love the process, but now they sit in the back of a closet... unloved. :(

11:57 PM  
Anonymous kelp! said...

The yarn looks soft as a bunny's bottom!

Where is that cardi pattern from? I seem to gravitate toward Ms. Gaughan's patterns these days.

1:26 AM  
Blogger K8 said...

That is some beautiful yarn. And I like the your comment about the pattern being full of texture without being full of cables. It's really very nice looking!

1:28 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Beautiful! Is it really the Fall 06 IK? Why don't I remember it? I may be going crazy.

That yarn looks so soft! You may never take the sweater off once it's knit.

2:12 AM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

I can understand the attraction. The yarn looks like it's spun out of fluffy clouds.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love working on my Lady Eleanor so much, I've put it aside for a bit so that I don't get sick of it and grow to hate it! :)

Your cardi-to-be is beautiful and that yarn! That yarn!

6:14 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

I agree that we all need a Precious One...and I am this close to ordering some Beaverslide, thanks!!

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Wow. I clearly have not yet met the perfect yarn, because I don't know this sensation at all! I'm jealous :) Looks great.

7:04 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

i was just thinking in the car ride to work this morning that i needed a nice spring cardigan (made of non wool)... that looks SO lovely and SOFT.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

beautiful. I think the yarn is a great match for that pattern -the light color will make the texture really show up!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous seedless grape said...

It looks beautiful already!

The idea of shaping with smaller needles is interesting . . . I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous nova said...

Thank you for the color clarification. I really wanted this yarn when I thought it more grayish. I tend to look not so great in the wheatish-tannish colors (yay, temptation averted...but I did purchase some really great orange yarn from Beaverslide--so alternative temptation found...). I think the cardigan will look great.

10:49 AM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Oooohh...your precious is growing up to become even more precious.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I love it! Great pattern and great color! I'm glad you've found a project that makes you so happy :)

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Very nice!! I like that color alot,and that cardi! Mmm. I have the beaverslide color cards, I'm resisting the urge to pull them out and order!!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kodachrome said...

Thanks for posting a picture of the Gaughan cardigan. It's beautiful. (Just so you know: I went off on a mad google chase looking for what you meant by the Cottontail Cardi yesterday, after you first posted about it-- :)

And as others have said, I am curious about the waist-shaping. Keep us in the know about this!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

ohhh great choice that cardi is a fab pattern. I like the wheaty-tan look of your cottontail I can almost feel the softness!

5:06 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

Sometimes, it's all about the process.
Great pattern, by the way!

5:53 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Looks great--lovely sweater, and of course, lovely yarn. It looks so nice in the lacy ribbing!

I gotta say--I might give you a run for your money on the gray yarn love. It's my favorite color, and I often have to talk myself out of buying more of it so I don't have too many gray sweaters!

8:06 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

That is going to be gorgeous! I love grey.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I'm working in a similar colour, but your st pattern leaves mine for dead... FOR. DEAD!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Mmmm - Beaverslide! Yes, indeed I have the fever - and I have to say, ordering shade cards was half the fun - I'm going to have to put aside my instant gratification urges in the future and remember this. And further evidence that the Beaverslide folks rule - they don't charge shipping on shade cards unlike (ahem, Knitpicks) some other folks who I refuse to cough it up for!

Your sweater looks fab - I can't wait to see how it shapes up from where you're at - the texture is great!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

I would challenge you in your title for "biggest gray yarn lover." I'm just on a yarn diet at the moment or I would totally have ponied up for some of that gorgeous Beaverslide.

10:20 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

Wow, you managed to find a pattern that is as lovely as the yarn.

Precious indeed!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Ooooh, I love that cardigan!

8:59 PM  

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