Hela Zip Front Cardi
Originally uploaded by spinknit
I cast off the Hela tonight. I honestly did. I have never knit a sweater faster, or loved one more. Now I need to sew in all the ends, graft the underarms, buy a zipper, and *gulp*.. cut the steek. I have never even seen one done before, so I think I'll spend a while doing research before I take out the scissors. That, and buy tequila.
My friend Gyda sent me the Lopi from Iceland, and I've had it in my stash for several years waiting for the correct project. When I saw this pattern on a fellow-Ravelry member's finished objects list, I knew it was the one.
It fits well, and the sleeves are the right length. Thank you so much Gyda!
Up until last night I'd never done colour work correctly. I'd just made it up as I went along, and now I've had the benefit of watching a number of YouTube video instructions. I knit this colour work with the dark yarn in the left hand, knitting continental, and the light yarn in the right; throwing. I thought it would take me a few rounds to get the hang of it, but it was completely natural, and makes so much sense. My knitting speed has increased 10 fold.
So.. tomorrow I'll block it. And, hopefully take some decent pictures!