New Project: Iris Tunic

The most interesting projects are the ones that don’t go right in some small way.  This one is starting off on a challenging foot and that makes me happy because I know it will come out more beautiful because of it.

I found the perfect yarn for the Peace Tunic by Kristen TenDyke from her book Finish Free Knits at my local yarn shop Twisted. Since it’s the Rose City Yarn Crawl this weekend I even got some swag for shopping. They only had four skeins at 200 yards each of the dark green yarn that I wanted for the project and I needed about 1,000 yards. I thought about going to a different shop tomorrow or finding another yarn there (I tried) but then I had an idea: Do the lace portion in a different color!

five skeins of yarn Final purchase: four skeins of dark green and one of dark purple. I think the purple is going to make a very nice lace inset. Plus it will be skill building as I have never done a vertical stripe before. So far I’ve found a tutorial on intarsia knitting and two on vertical stripes.

It’s really hard to capture the color of yarn in a photo so it’s hard to tell how fabulous the yarn is. Madelinetosh hand dyed superwash merino wool. The green is called “Moorland” and the purple is called “Iris”.

Adult sweaters are expensive. In preparing for this sweater I’ve done a lot of research to make sure it comes out well. By well I don’t mean knit well, I mean I really want it to look good on me when I’m done.

My research tells me that I look good in “deep winter” colors, v-neck tops that are long like tunics and dresses with empire waistlines.  I did color analysis, shape analysis and face shape analysis. Mostly by searching the internet and guessing. I also started paying attention to what I was wearing when people told me I looked “nice today.”

With the Rose City Yarn Crawl happening this weekend Twisted isn’t winding skeins into balls until Monday. It’s pretty easy to wander over in two days but it’s also pretty easy to hand wind a skein too.  I’m also impatient to begin.

A note on my links: unless it’s something really unique or wonderful I don’t link to sites that greet with a pop-up ad or invitation or join notice. I also prefer single page instruction with pictures not video. Occasionally I’ll link to video but I learn better with text and pictures I can stare at for long periods each. Most of the shops will be here in Portland, OR unless otherwise noted. I try to make my book links link to Powells, our local big book shop, and patterns link to Ravelry which is an amazing resource.

Anyway it’s time to go wind yarn so I can get started. The only other thing left to do to start this project is to come up with a name for it other than “peace” tunic. Maybe my iris tunic. It will look like two fields of iris running through the woodland green.

The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Schurch & Parrott

My book arrived!  During my sock conceptualization exercises I did some searches to see if what I was thinking of had been done. I found the Knit Picks review of The Sock Knitter’s Handbook and based on the pictures alone bought it. Now that I have it in my hands I find it chock full of diagrams and tips based on sock concepts rather than full sock patterns.  Exactly what I was looking for. Oh, bind-offs I will try you all.

sock architecture from the Sock Knitters Handbook