My Blue Carbuncle

Project: Shalder
Pattern: Shalder by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Cascade 220 Navy Blue
Needles: 4.5 mm

Completed 29 March 2015
Completed 29 March 2015

I love this sweater, the fit and especially the lace yoke. I originally chose this pattern way back when the first Hobbit movie was released. I loved all the dwarves’ costumes, and I noticed that there were a lot of geometric shapes. Shalder’s yoke pattern reminded me of that. It was in my queue since then, I only started working seriously on it this year. I think I had done about 7 cm of the body in 2013, I picked it up a little bit last summer but really got down to business this year. There’s a bit of a dye lot issue – one sleeve appears to be made from a different lot, so there is a bit of a colour line at the yoke, but it’s not too bad. I have no idea how it happened. I’ll put it down as some sort of punishment for letting projects linger for no good reason.

Thursday 18 July


I finished the Thyrniros cardigan, all that’s left to do is the installation of the zipper and blocking. I still love icelandic knits, even with the lopi yarn being as itchy as it is. I started another cardigan right away, of course. I’m going to make Shalder; the yoke pattern reminds me of design elements in the Dwarves’ armour/costumes in The Hobbit.

I’m also working on a hat, mitts, and a neckwarmer. The mitts are for me, the hat is for my daughter and the neckwarmer is for my son. I am so glad I feel like knitting again.

At long last, I’ll be talking about other projects soon

It’s done! The steek cutting went well, but Felted Tweed doesn’t steek as well as Lopi does. It’s too light and cobweb-y.

Middle-Earthscape 01

I’m really happy about the way it turned out, and the pattern for the sweater is incredible. It’s an amazing pattern for a generic cardigan, I could make this sweater over and over again, just changing the yoke patt to make it different from the last.

Middle-Earthscape 02

I’ve been knitting up a storm (for me, anyway), but I put the Sutton Hoo hat on the backburner because I found my husband’s missing hat from last year and my son doesn’t have a single knitted sweater that fits. I’m already nearly half-way through the Ryuu-ko sweater.

Middle-Earthscape 03

Oh, and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

How to cut a steek. Or perhaps how not to cut a steek.

Cityscape: sleeves, yoke, collar, all done!! I thought I’d post some pictures showing how I plan to cut the steek. I’ve never had a problem with steeking, but all my experience with steeks involves lopi, which is a very sticky wool yarn. Felted Tweed is part merino, alpaca, and rayon, and the knit fabric is very light, so long story short I don’t want to cut the steek until after the buttonbands are complete.  The pictues below show the steek ready to be cut. I will cut the sweater along the orange yarn, gently pulling it out as I go. I sewed through the knit stitches on either side of the orange yarn, using yellow and blue. Once I cut the steek, I will sew the edges to the inside of the sweater, using sewing thread. Hopefully, I will have pictures of the completed cardie very soon!

cityscape yoke showing where steek is to be cut
Cityscape with steek ready to be cut


At the moment, I’m working on Cityscape, a pattern by Laura Chau. I’m using Felted Tweed and I plan to rework the chart a little bit:


Do you see the depths of my nerdiness in the mods I made? It is LOTR related if you’re having trouble guessing.

But of course, I have to finish the sleeves to get to the yoke. I’m doing both at the same time and I’m halfway through, but they are still taking much, much too long to finish:

They are up to (but not including) the elbow. If I were a better photographer, that would be clear from the photo but sadly I’m not.