15 March 2013

Tricky Tricsi, and some other stuff...

Hello there! Hope you're having a relaxing Friday winding down for the weekend. I had a a rather hectic week so not much was done in the crafting department, but I haven't been entirely idle with my hands so lets take a look...

Tricsi is a cute cardigan design by the talented Asa Tricosa, all of her designs are lovely and I have a few queued up. But I was particularly interested in the construction of Tricsi, it starts from the mid of the back collar, and you knit one half of the back collar plus a bit of the back on one side; then you knit the other half of the collar and the other side of the back, like this:
... then all are joined, and you're instructed to CO/pick up for the sleeves and fronts... sounds confusing? a bit lost? well, when I read the instructions I couldn't make the head and tail of it, but I was so intrigued by the idea that you could knit a cardigan top-down with build-in collar and sleeves and that it is totally seamless and self finishing, I forged on anyway...
Can you see the cardigan taking shape now? It certainly is a challenging project, one that demands your full attention as well as taking careful notes or marking off sections one by one as you complete them. Having come this far I think the trickiest parts are almost over, hopefully the rest would be plain sailing! I'm making this little cardi for my goddaughter Ericka whom I'm hoping to see at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. I'm also making an adult version for her mum, so in theory by then I will be an old hand at this "tricky" design ;-)

The annual Australian Sheep & Wool Show is going to be in July this year, a spinning friend of mine is taking part in a Co-op that will occupy a booth at the show. In a moment of madness (?) I asked to join her and contribute to her stock. The idea of making some pocket money from spinning has been brewing for quite some time, I thought this would be a good opportunity to test the waters. It's quite a challenge consider I've got three assignments to hand in before that as well as fit in work (shame!), but this is much more fun so I'm going to give it a go, wish me luck!

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  1. haha, you lost me at "it demands your attention" :-)

    I can't wait to see this cardi. I am always in awe of your beautiful projects.

  2. You are brave! I'm always amazed at folks that can figure these things out in the first place when they're designing. Kudos to you for jumping into this project. Can't wait to see the finished sweater. The color you've chosen is perfect for a wee girl.

  3. Oh my....I've never heard of this technique. Great job on working through it and I'm wishing you the best of luck. Also hope you have some great sales and a good day with your friend at the show.

  4. Can't wait to see it progress. Very interesting construction.

  5. Did I get the impression that you are coming to the states/BC in a few months? I should definitely plan to drive up there to meet you up.

    Top down cardigan with built in collar will certainly confuse me. Yours is coming along nicely. Good luck with the spinning! Selling your own yarn will be so exciting (work, what work?!) ha!

  6. Take a photo of what you plan to sell - we want to see the loot we're missing out on. :) Will you dye as well as spin, or only spin?

    And is Vivian correct - are you coming to the states/Pacific Northwest soon?