Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dreamy Adalia - Cast On

I also spent some time this week casting on a new sweater by Jennifer Wood of Wood House Knits.  I receive her email newsletter and was suckered in by her latest cabled cardigan, which is knit top down and has oodles of gorgeous cables.  The yarn called for is Spirit Trail Fiberworks Verdande.  I did check my stash to see if I had anything that would work, but I didn't have anything with the yardage required.  However, it just so happens that I did a Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn club last year where I received single skeins of their yarns and I happened to have a skein of Verdande.  I pulled it out and fondled it a bit and then went online and ordered yarn for the project.  Hey, how could I resist, there was a discount coupon and everything!  I ended up getting the color Daydream.
Which knits up just beautifully.
I also bought the KC Designs version of the pattern.  This is the first time I've tried working a KC Designs pattern and I'm still undecided on it.  I use KC all the time now for anything with charts, but I'm not sure about all the bells and whistles of the full blown KC Designs.  The charts have all been assembled, which means if I want to see the whole back it gets pretty tiny, even on my iPad Pro.  And if they put out a correction you have to delete your project and restart it.  Not fun, especially if you like to use MagicMarkers, which I have become hooked on.  The pattern itself is pretty advanced, at least at the start.  It's taken me 3 tries to get things right so far, and I still haven't tackled adding in the front charts, although I've read through that section of the instructions a couple of times now and think I understand what is going on.

Pattern:  Adalia by Jennifer Wood
Yarn:  Spirit Trail Fiberworks Verdande in Daydream
Needles:  US 6 (4 mm)

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