I’m all in on this Ease-along concept. Ease, ease, and more ease! I cannot get enough of the ease!
You’ll be happy to know that the yarn for my Ease-along project has arrived from World Headquarters in Nashville.
The first skein was already wound, for even more ease.
(Portrait mode is awesome for making it look romantic that there are books, papers and handknits stacked on the sofa.)
In the interest of full disclosure, my personal Sea Breeze will be strictly a cowl.
As a person whose left shoulder is hardly ever without a shoulder bag hanging on it, ponchos have never been my friend. I love the flow-y shape of a poncho. But I love a shoulder bag more. If I had to carry my handbag in my hand, even to wear a magnificent poncho, I might die.
Obligatory Pre-Knitalong Partial Deck-Clearing
As you will recall, in the fuzzy blur of the TNNA yarn industry show last month, we purchased a sweater quantity of delectable worsted-weight Cormo from Elemental Affects, for research and testing purposes.
This yarn is USA grown, spun and dyed. It’s as springy as an actual live lamb. Such was my eagerness to try out this yarn that I got it without even having a project in mind, something I’ve learned (from my bad old days of overstashing) not to do.
Luckily, the Cormo and I had barely reacclimated to life outside the convention floor, when Amy Christoffers released her latest invention: the Savage Heart Cardigan.
Photo: Amy Christoffers
Innit stunning? Can you imagine any outcome in which this lovely cardi would not look fantastique on me? (I cannot.) The perfect loosely structured, flow-y topper for my loosely structured, flow-y daily uniform. That little bit of lace, but not too much lace. The utter absence of buttons or the thought of buttons.
Photo: Amy Christoffers
This pattern is particularly dear to my (savage) heart because it is Amy’s response to the many requests she got to design an adult-sized version of her Cockleshell Cardigan for babies, which appears in MDK Field Guide No. 6: Transparency. It’s a darling cardigan with an ingeniously visible (transparent!) construction.
I’m not sure I could ever have imagined the Cockleshell Cardigan in grown-up form, but as soon as I laid eyes on it, as modeled by Amy, I had to have it. And the Elemental Affects Cormo is a perfect match.
Yesterday, I finished one side of my Savage Heart. One side is quite a bargain: it includes a whole sleeve plus one front and half of the back. This is a good stopping point, because all I have to remember is what size I made the first half (47! 47! 47!), and then I can pick it back up and knit the second half whenever I feel like it. (Size 47! Make a note of it!)
Isn’t it clever? It’s been one of the most elegant knitting experiences of my life. The sleeve increases merge seamlessly (literally) into the gentle slope of the shoulder shaping.
Smooth sailing all the way, a pleasant companion to all manner of sitting and knitting that life offers in the fleeting, golden moments of the easin’ season.
I knew there was a reason I didn’t sew up my own wee Cockleshell Cardigan: so that I could take this mother-and-child sleeve photo.
An excellent warmup for the Ease-along!