Rosita (jaeger)

I’m making up for lost time by updating links and making several posts all at once. I’m in good company because as I was deciding on which of my favourite knitting blogs to add, I discovered that another dormant blogger (Fake Sheep) resumed her posts this month as well, so there must be some kind of blog-inspiration in the air…

This, my third post of the day, is about my current knitting projects. Almost one year ago I started to knit Rosita, a jaeger pattern. (This image is from the book cover.)
It was rough getting started. There was an error in the book and it took a little while before I realized it wasn’t my m
istake. Of course I found the correction on another knitting blog once I did figure out it was the book and not me. (I love kntting blogs!). I can’t recall which one I found it at now and I feel badly about that because really I should link to it here… ).
And if that wasn’t enough to slow me down, almost as soon as I started knitting it, I developed a mysterious problem with my left shoulder and upper arm that quickly made it almost impossible for me to knit. I was determined though. I hadn’t kit in something like 15 years, but a colleague re-introduced me to knitting and once I started again, I was at a loss to understand why I’d ever stopped in the first place (though I suspect going to university while raising three kids and working had something to do with it!).
I had always knitted english style and I recalled now that part of the reason I’d stopped knitting before was because all that movement didn’t go well with the tendonitis that hits me from time to time. I felt that knitting continental might prove less stressful to my shoulder, but at that time I didn’t want to relearn to knit so I just stopped. Now that that the knitting bug hit again, (and maybe I’m a little less lazy than I was then (!)), I’ve re-taught myself to knit. I do think continental is easier on my
arm and shoulder and I’ve figure out how to pace myself. If Stephanie can do all the wonderful knitting she does in small blocks of 10 minutes of time in between all the other wonderful stuff she does, then surely I can get a few things knit that way as well! ( I know she said this, really, but now I can’t find the right post but you can trust me on this!)
I actually finished the back of Rosita last winter, but because I knit it while learning continental, the tension was uneven, I couldn’t knit much more than one row at a time, and I lost interest in finishing the project.
But since then I’ve had enough practice with continental knitting that I’m comfortable with my tension and earlier this month I dug Rosita out of my projects basket, unravelled the back and reknit it. I’m almost finished the front too. Here’s the back, unblocked …

While in Boston a few weeks back, I saw this same pattern (Ogee Lace) used in cardigan on sale in a fairly good quality women’s clothing boutique, which is both cool (means it’s in style) and disappointing (it won’t be as original as I thought it was).

I’m knitting it in scheepjeswol cotton 8, mayflower using size 3 mm steel needles.
I’m also knitting two baby sweaters from Little sweet peas by Sirdar (for grandchild #4 due mid-July and grandchild #5 due end of September) a pair of cable socks, and I just bought the pattern and yarn for Potpourri from Rowan’s new book, Summer Delights.

Re-learning

Last night I began working a scarf from the Jaeger book (Sienna). The scarf is a lace pattern called Aspen, the yarn is an organic cotton and I’m using 4.5 mm needles.


This is my first serious effort using the continental method, which I sincerely hope will be easier on my elbows, arms, and shoulders. I figure the continental method is knitting’s equivalent to the ergonomic keyboard. I’ll let you know how well that analogy holds …

It’s like riding a bike …

I haven’t knit in more years than I’ll admit (many, many, I can say that much!) and when I found myself in a new city with a new job, and most of my family and all my friends very far away, I also found myself with extra time which is something of a novelty!

A co-worker took me to a Christmas craft show where I saw tons of incredible knitting and truly wonderful yarns… back when I first started knitting, there was nothing like the variety of yarns there are now… bamboo, soy silk the merinos are incredible, sock yarn has become incredibly interesting and vibrant, not to mention other exotics like sea silk!

Well….

I was inspired. The next day I googled Montreal and yarn store, knitting, and any other term I could think of and in very short order found myself at Mouliné, where I bought 8 wonderful skeins of variegated wool, handyed by a women’s artisan coop in Uruguay and in two weeks (once a knitter, always a knitter) I’d knit up beautiful cardigan with a snuggly ribbed collar,

then I blocked it, pieced it together, tried it on and discovered… waaaaay too big! That’s when I recalled the importance of swatching.

So of course I ripped it out and reknit it and now it fits perfectly.

Since then I’ve also knit Rowan’s “Air” in using Rowan’s cotton Calmer, and I’m in the midst of knitting up “Rosita” by Jaeger using scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in Mayflower, which I got at yet another delightful Montreal yarn shop, A la tricoteuse laine. That pattern has proven to be something of a challenge, partly because the instructions had mistakes in it, and also because I’d never knit a lace pattern before. At one point when I was particularly frustrated, I did a search on “rosita” and “jaeger” and found this site with some very simple but incredibly helpful tips that made what was quickly becoming an overwhelmingly frustrating experience into something I could actually enjoy (I love knitting blogs!)

I’ve completed the back and have started the front.(hmmm, I’m obviously going to have to spend some time working on my photography skills!)

I’ve also realized that if I’m to take knitting at all seriously, I have to switch to continental as my shoulders are aching like you would not believe. Knittiing shouldn’t hurt, should it?