Sunday, October 7, 2012

Knitting Zariski....

Sometimes there's a part of me
Has to turn from here and go,
Running like a child from these warm stars,
Down the Seven Bridges Road

There are stars in the Southern sky,
And if ever you decide you should go,
There is a taste of thyme sweetened honey,
Down the Seven Bridges Road

("Seven Bridges Road", Eagles)

(Yes, there is a small highway that has the seven bridges---in northern Louisiana's swamp marshlands of course.  You don't want to drive it unless you have a 4-wheel drive.....)

Here's my progress on knitting the shrug-like sweater called "Zariski", designed by Norah Gaughan.  I wrote her and told her what a totally awesome pattern this is and she wrote back to thank me.  I only hope she doesn't mind that I am using different yarn than specified and....well....I made mine with full length sleeves instead of the 3/4 length the pattern calls for....and....well....I changed the yarn for my version....

The pattern is written for "Linsey", self-coloring, yarn---but I am using some "Clip" yarn from the Klaus Koch Kolection, which is an absolutely gorgeous 100% Egyptian cotton yarn, and I say 'gorgeous' because Clip has a beautiful sheen to it.  (I think this yarn is discontinued.)  I am using cream, gold, and red in this pattern.  (Gotta stick a little fair isle in there--you know me.)  It's not that I don't like "Linsey" yarn---Linsey is also gorgeous.  But I chanced upon this Clip in my stash and my budget this month is a little tight.  So finding some yarn for this pattern in my stash is like "free" yarn.  Here is the Ravelry site for that pattern--here.

I finished the top part (the sleeves and yoke) and it fit beautifully when I tried it on.  You knit the top part sleeve to sleeve.  I also changed the pattern to have full length sleeves instead of 3/4 sleeves.  (Again, I just can't resist doing my own thing, can I?) 

So now I'm going to start the bottom section which, as you can see from the booklet picture, is made up of mitered squares that are knit right onto things so that you don't have to do any sewing.  Hopefully I can get that part right---I told Blaine to leave me alone today while I begin that area.  I don't want any distractions.  (Which is only fair since he told me that HE doesn't like distractions when he's on the computer.)

I found this pattern in Berroco Booket 319.

I don't know yet exactly how I'm going to color the squares.  I think I'll do the outermost borders in gold.  But wish me luck because I'm so used to designing my own patterns that I'm not used to following somebody else's patterns.  And I really love this one and don't want to screw it up.



  1. I stayed up late last night & finished a pair of socks. Now have cast on for a new pair for another granddaughter. Still have 3 pair, a shawl and a sweater at least to finish for Christmas. Decided to design a small cable pattern for this pair of socks, so actually took the originals out since it had 2 stitches too many for the pattern I designed. But I shouldn't get bored since I won't be trying to do the same pattern again.

    The shrug looks cool! I may have to check that out. I did make 1 a couple years back for my mil, but she could probably use another. Who knows if she even still has the 1st in the assisted living facility.

    1. Hi Cindy! On the shrug, I'm going to add some sort of wide border to make it longer. Don't know what yet. You have a lot of Christmas knitting to do! I did that last Christmas and was still knitting all the way up to Christmas Eve---so I promised myself not to do it this Christmas. I think I'll give everybody gift cards!
      BO :)

    2. If I had a job, I might be tempted to do the gift cards, but we still help out at least part of the kids too - so no money for that. But the knitting isn't as bad as it sounds. If I remember right I have front & back and part of the sleeves finished on the sweater - so just need to finish the sleeves, put it together & put on the neckband. The shawl is about 60% done as well - so I think I will make it!