December 04, 2009

My goodness this is big, but still, I love this sweater and it remains an elegant sweater even tho oversized. But this post is mostly about the yarn, not so much the pattern. While the Kim Hargreaves pattern is great, certainly a departure from my usual zero ease sweaters, I'm always captivated by oceans of stockinette and loved those big raglan sleeves. But back to the yarn: on super-sale at Little Knits, I couldn't resist the idea of using some Sublime yarn. I love their pattern books but have never seen or touched any of their yarn. On-line, the pale blue was so pretty, the price so great that I decided to overlook the angora content. Merino-Angora is 80% super fine merino with only 20% angora, and that couldn't be that bad, could it?

Well yes.


...you already know this, and I already know this, but jeez, the bunny fur that puffs out while knitting angora is almost unbearable. Forget wearing contact lenses; and glasses and eyelashes are no protection from the fearsome flying stuff. So why did I persist? Because touching it is heavenly and the fabric it creates is so pretty and incredibly soft, I can't sing it's praises enough.

Wearing sheddy angora garments requires extra attention: don't hug anyone, don't lean and stretch all over velvet eggplant colored sofas, and always carry a lint roller with you just in case you forget the rules. Just taking the pictures enveloped my black skirt with fluff. Because of this I'll probably wear this sweater most of the time with light blue jeans.

BTW, I have an extra skein, and if you'd like to try it out, I'd love you to have it, first come first serve, but I'd prefer to ship in the continental US please.

The particulars: Edie by Kim Hargreaves from her Precious book, size xs using 8.5 sk. of Sublime Merino Angora in color #74, Innocent.

Upcoming knits: Kim's new book Winter Blooms is out and she has created magic yet again. I could knit everything in this book and this is what I covet most: Ryder, Valentine, the sweater version of Briar, and just nuts about Fleur! In the meantime I am knitting as fast as I can to finish Effie and also making a cape in some brown and grey Rowan Ribbon Twist.

You Might Also Like


  1. Your Edie looks gorgeous! Don't be put off Sublime yarns though - I love their Cashmere/Merino/Silk - it's divine and so is the colour range!
    And Fleur is very cute - but I really shouldn't add more to my queue!


You make my day when you make a comment!


afghan Alana Dakos ally pally ambassador Amy Herzog Ankestrick Arte Italica baby Baby Cocktails bakelite baking berry picking Best Friday of the Month best of Ravelry Big Sur blue transferware book review books boutique brook cables California candy child children children's activities Christmas Christmas crafts Christmas knitting cleaning collections cookie cutters cookies cooking craft Crafts crochet cross-stitch day trip decluttering decorating designer spotlight discount diy dog dolls Easter eau de vie Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Zimmerman embroidery entertaining Facebook fall fall decorating fall garden family featured first car fit flower arranging flowers free pattern Friday night party group friends funny Fur garden gardening Giants Gifted Hostess give-away giveaway gluten free gourmet group Halloween herbs holiday home how to set up a party group jewelry Kaffe Fassett KAL Kim Hargreaves kitting Knit Picks knitting laundry Le Jacquard Francais Little French Knits Los Altos lunch Mailbu Making Things Marie Wallin Martin Storey menu minimalism money talk mosaic movies my house my patterns my town nails needlepoint needles October challenge Octoberfest ollalie organizing original design outdoor seating owl party prep pear peg dolls pies pomegranates poncho preview quilting recipe recycling redwork review roses Rowan San Francisco Sarah Hatton sewing sewing room tour shawl shopping shower social media softie spring spring garden stash Stitches West summer summer garden summer knitting Sunday Morning Swans Island table setting test test knit Thanksgiving Three Irish Girls TNNA tomatoes top 10 list toys travel tutorial twinning ufo Uncommon Threads vacation Valentine vegetable garden videos wedding winter garden wip Woolfolk yarn yarn for sale Ysolda