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lila



I'm not going to apologise for my absence this time. There really is no point because I'll probably go and do it again. Not that I mean to, of course .. but that's life for you. You know how it is, it has a habit of getting in the way.

I have a new favourite knit to show you and even this has taken me a while to finish, such are my days at the moment. This is Lila, by Carrie Bostik Hoge of Madder, and I've just realised she is my first jumper knitted in the round. Both Luka and Kaari were created on straight needles (wow, they haven't been used in a while!) and the rest have all been cardigans. Oh, and there's the yarn I must mention, too. Wowee, Swan's Island is just the most heavenly worsted ever. Satisfyingly organic and feeling as blissful as cashmere, it is pure and undyed 85% merino, 15% alpaca goodness.

I loved seeing my Lila develop from a band of garter stitch to gorgeous garment, which I'll need to wear as much as I can because Vancouver is positively bursting with Spring life, sunshine and warmth right now. Details and heaps more pics of Lila are on my Ravelry page, right here.

Well, what to do next? I'm contemplating getting the sewing machine out but as far as knitting goes, let's see. In my favourites right now and contending for the circulars are -

Whispers top
Saco Stripes linen tank
Lola shawl
Brisha shawl

And you? What are you planning for the Springtime? Knitting? Sewing? I'd love to hear ..

21 comments:

  1. Your sweater came out so beautifully - love the simplicity.

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  2. Gorgeous Kate ... and thanks for the intro to the pattern, I've just added it to my 'hope to knit' list.

    I'm knitting a hat but can't decide which pattern of two ... I've had to ask my blog readers to help!

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  3. Oh it's gorgeous Kate...really gorgeous! Such a beautiful shade too!
    I'm off to put it in my library. :)
    V xxx

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  4. Your knitting is as lovely as always.
    With the weather already in the 80's here all my knitting is for Christmas gifts, but I did pick up some cotton/wool blend to knit my own Textured Shawl, I've admired yours so much.

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  5. I love the drape of your sweater, with the slightly higher front and lower back. I've heard a lot about Swans Island yarn (and their blankets, of course). I'm trying to be a little cheap about yarn right now, though, as I'm supposed to be making my way through my stash.
    It's sewing and knitting for me right now (and hopefully throughout the year). I'm taking Cal Patch's Pattern Drafting course on Creativebug (so there's a tunic coming up) and trying to find someone who has some worsted weight cotton they want to swap so I can make Azami (a hoodie pattern from Twist Collective). But really, I want to finally make the Merchant & Mills Trapeze dress...

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  6. That's a sweater to live in Kate. I would go for teh Whispers top next if it were me as it would be perfect for spring weather. Good to see you back x

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  7. It's beautiful! I've only just started my "Cosy (me)" cardigan.

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  8. Perfect. I am intrigued by the shaping. I thought you might have knit from the top down but then realised you didn't. I shall have to go and have a look at the pattern. It's finally autumn here so knitting seems feasible at last but I still have the urge to sew.

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  9. That's such a pretty sweater...think you were right to mess around a bit with the stich gauge. Hoping that lovely yarn does not pill. I might want to try this design myself. I want to do some experimenting with short row shaping.

    Best wishes!

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  10. I think this is the most perfect jumper I have ever seen. The matching of pattern to yarn and of course the beautiful knitting.
    Gorgeous!

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  11. Your new knitting project is simply perfect! Love it! Have a nice week Kate :-)

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  12. que alegría leerte de nuevo, me encanta tu blog, la sencillez de tus palabras y por supuesto todos tus proyectos, en España ya estamos disfrutando de la primavera, el sol y la naturaleza está en todo su esplendor. Besos Avelina

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  13. Happy to find your blog, amitié, Martine

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  14. Never apologize, at least not for blog absences...if we spent all our time blogging, we'd never be knitting.

    I saw that sweater elsewhere, nice to know it comes out consistently well.

    Enjoy your spring!

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  15. oh so gorgeous, it is on my must make list. you look BEAUTIFUL!

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  16. Oh my, the sweater looks so beautiful on you! And I love your future projects too. Besides a few samples, I'm knitting a Bressay Dress (by Gudrun Johnston) for my upcoming Shetland trip.

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  17. Gorgeous knit! That sweater is going in my queue! It looks wonderful.

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  18. I love this knit and have bought the pattern to get onto it as it's just my style. I do love your fit much more than the look on the actual pattern, which looks even a little shrunken. Fingers crossed I'll get a Harmony and Rosie fit!

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  19. This is so beautiful! This pattern is shooting right to the top of my queue!

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