Sunday, April 01, 2007

Soft as a bunny's bottom.

I'm making great progress on the Cottontail Cardigan... I see, now, how when you are totally infatuated with a certain yarn paired up with an intriguing pattern, things tend to just fly across (and off!) the needles. I am finished with the back panel, and it really seems like it has taken me no time at all.

The shaping though the waistline is most fascinating. As are the combinations of textures throughout this sweater. And all of these captivating details are captured so crisply by the Cottontail yarn. I have decided that Norah Gaughan is a genius. I am her newest disciple.

Here you can see the magic of Norah's method of shaping--the ingenious switch to needles two sizes smaller than the main needle size just in the midsection ribbing panel. But because the midsection panel is still ribbing, it stretches easily to conform to whatever size it needs to. It's like an elastic waistband for your pants, only not a fashion faux pas at all, because Norah has made the elastic pretty.

Pretty, pretty details. Love the combination of seed stitch, garter stitch, 3x3 ribbing, and lacy ribbing. Who would have thought such a busy combination would be so fetching?

My adoration of the soft, ever-so-slightly furry Cottontail continues. And speaking of things soft as a bunny's bottom...

You can now find new Silky Hand and Body Creams in the soap shop. I guarantee that this stuff will work wonders on dry, rough skin. Check it out if you are at all interested in having skin soft as a bunny's bottom. And, as knitters, we could all use a little help on the hands.

Happy April, everyone!

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Blogger Specs said...

Sweater looks great! (of course)

Question about the lotion: will it keep for a while? I have horrible, hideous dry hands in the winter but never in the summer. If I were to purchase some of your fine product, would it keep shut up in a cupoard until October?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

great progress!

i love how you can see the details of the garment. now if i can only learn to keep my hands off dark coloured yarns.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

wow, you're a fast knitter! i have to get my hands on some of that beaverslide, it knits up so beautifully.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I have been coveting Beaverslide's Cotton Tail yarn after purchasing the Charcoal Heather heavy fishermen's weight and the 3-strand Jersey Cream. Your sweater-in-progress looks great!

3:06 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

You're making fantastic progress there! It's coming along beautifully.
And I can't wait to try some of your lotions! Ooh la la!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Faith! said...

Your comments on this pattern make me want to knit it more than FO pics usually do! And I've been listening to the Beruit disk ever since it came out and it still hasn't gotten old. Super post today.

3:14 PM  
Blogger mari said...

That waist shaping looks spectacular. And that is some fast knitting!
Btw. Did you received my package? I hope it didn't get lost somewhere in the middle of Atlantic Ocean!

3:15 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

You are a speed demon, I can't believe how quickly you are whipping that up. Thanks for the close up pics--I would have never thought the variety of stitches used in that pattern would turn into such a subtle garment.

3:26 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Lucky me, I have actually seen and touched the bunny!!! It looks gorgeous.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Brilliance! It looks like it's turning out just beautifully!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I almost didn't realize there were four different stitch patterns--the way Norah put them together is really beautiful.

7:00 PM  
Blogger kate said...

gah! all i knit this weekend was 2" on a sock! how do you do it? it looks gorgeous!
i am now determined to convince courtney to carry beaverslide at the WILL happen.

i immediately just bought some of the ginger lotion. i can't wait! (the bf loved the soap, but this one is all mine!)

7:07 PM  
Blogger jenn said...

Your yarn choice really accentuates the wonderful textures of the sweater. I had never heard of Beaverslide yarn before (I'm still a fairly new knitter) but I am definitely going to check it out now.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hey, you have west elm sheets! They're really pretty.

The sweater is looking great too!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

I like the simplicity of the yarn that you've chosen with the texture. Mmm lotion. You know, we knitters do sit on our asses alot...maybe it would be good if our bottoms were as soft as babies bottoms.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

It looks wonderful! The design is excellent. Your sweater enthusiasm is infectious. One more week of work hell, and then I will have enough energy to do more than knit a scarf.

I made it to your etsy shop in time! Yay! I'm glad the lotion I bought doesn't have aloe, as I am allergic to it. So many lotions do. Shea butter is a favorite of mine.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Wow, look at you, speed racer! I love the shape of this cardi.

Now: did I miss out on Rosy Grapefruit hand cream by being in Ann Arbor all day? Because tangerine seems like a reasonable subsititute, but not if Rosy Grapefruit is going to show back up anytime soon.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

That pattern is really something. Such a clever design. And I love that you use a toned down yarn that makes the pattern stand out even more.

Can't wait to see it finished!

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

It's beautiful Megan. And, did you say HANDCREAM???

3:43 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

You know, this sweater did nothing for me in the VK. Perhaps it is my serious aversion to navy. I wish I could look beyond color, but navy just turns me off.

Anyway, in your beautiful cottontail yarn, that sweater is gorgeous!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous s t a c i said...

The different textures are so lovely, and I think using such a soft, pretty color really puts the focus on the stitches. It's going to be such a nice FO!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Kodachrome said...

More yummy stuff in your etsy shop!? You etsy sellers are killing a girl on a budget!! The handcream sounds delightful, nevertheless...

As for your progress on the cardi: wow.

11:21 AM  
Blogger seedless grape said...

Wow--you have made serious progress! And it looks beautiful, too. Can't wait to see it all finished!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Dude, you are just zooming along on your sweater! It's looking fantastic and oh so soft. I must try beaverslide.

Congrats on expanding your product line, too:) Exciting news.

1:50 PM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

looks great - can't wait to see the finished sweater!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

The sweater is looking fabulous Megan, that shaping is genius.

And hand creams? Yummo! (Love your packaging) Think I'll be ordering agin soon...

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I'm going straight out and buying you the Jo Sharp pattern book.
And I'll reply to your email tonight. x

9:18 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Wow, you're moving SO fast on this! The pattern shaping does sound really interesting. I've never really been taken by this pattern before, but the combination of it with the Beaverslide is coming out wonderfully!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

You are fast. The cottontail is being knitted up into so much fabulousness. Looking at that cardigan in the magazine, I am thinking that the dark yarn did not do the stitch pattern justice, I like your version better. So go and knit faster so we can all see it done!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

I can't wait to see this sweater in its final state - I love it. I wish I could give it a squeeze and enjoy the yarny goodness.

6:46 AM  

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