|In front of Wakehurst at SRU|
With over 4,200 projects on Ravelry it is easy to see why the Saroyan is so popular. It is a quick-ish, fun knit that is perfect for beginner lace knitters. And each row has you doing something different. There were several reasons I decided to do this project after my baby blanket.
First, there was a sample knit in my knitting store that was simply stunning. I noticed it the first day I walked into the Knitting Corner. It was knit in a scrumptiously soft and decadent yarn and all I wanted to do was cuddle it. Second, once I looked up the pattern I saw that it was named after a character from one of my favorite TV shows, Bones, Cam Saroyan. And third, it was a KAL at the Knitting Corner. So, as soon as I finished my blanket, I got knitting!
I enjoyed knitting this a lot. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I learned some new things which I always love, such as SSK, M1, and K1FB. I also really enjoy the Ella Rae Bamboo Silk yarn. It is pretty affordable and it is just decadent. I feel like I'm wearing a designer piece around my neck...like if I go walking down the street someone will think I dropped a couple of hundred bucks on this baby (I live in Newport, RI...it's quite possible people think like that around here LOL). And I now have something to wear to Stitchs East in October :)
|Pay no attention to the scary closet/2nd bedroom in the background|
I finally finished knitting it last night, and quickly brought out the ironing board to block it. I'm still trying to figure out what method of blocking I like best. For my last two projects, I spread it out with some T-pins and sprayed it with a water bottle. For my first scarf I did the soak method. I have an iron (that I don't know how to really use), but am a little nervous to try steaming. For now, I like the spritz method. This was also the first project I've knit on bamboo needles since the very first project and I'm not sure how I feel. Maybe with a smaller project it would have been better, but the weight of my Saroyan on them hurt my wrists so I could only knit one leaf at a time in the straight section (where the most stitches at a time were). I think if I knit another one, I will try it on my circs and see how it compares.
My next project is a knitting surprise :) So, I won't be able to post anything about it until sometime in September. My friend Jackie is lending me her Addi's US10 circs for it. After that, I don't know what (other than a few dishcloths) I am going to knit. I have a couple of Christmas presents I should start thinking about.
Sugared Violet Saroyan Project Details:
Pattern: Saroyan by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in Viola
Needles: US 8 (Bamboo Straights)
Notions: Two Lantern Moon stitch markers