Waterlily Tee-Getting Closer!

  
I am in a knitting rut. Three projects stuck on the needles. All unfinished in various stages of progress. Back in the olden days (two months ago) when I was a monogamous knitter, this never would have happened. I would have remained focused. One project. Then the next. Instead I am desperate for a day to myself when I can finish these up. Make true progress. Move on to new endeavors. New yarns. New everything.

Instead, work continues on my waterlily tee by Meghan Fernandes using Quince Sparrow. It has been on my needles for ages. If it weren’t linen, I would be done by now. I have paced myself to spare my wrists. This is my first and most likely last time working with linen. I am not a fan.

I am almost ready to divide for the yoke and work my first ever Latvian Braid. The pattern recommends this at 30 cm (11 3/4 in). This seemed short to me, so I am at 35.5 cm (14 in) now…not sure how much further I will go before I call it good and move on to the thrilling part of the design. 

Suggestions, dear sweater knitters?

Linking up with Ginny and her lovely Yarn Along. Just started reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Jayne September 9, 2015 at 5:36 am

    That is a gorgeous colour – cannot wait to see the end result. I have never knitted with linen. I have heard it is not so enjoyable! I tend to like my tops long, so I sometimes have to add extra, particularly if I am using a vintage pattern. Good luck!

  • Reply Iris September 9, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Very pretty colour! I often find that I have to increase the length of garments. I don’t know if they are all designed as crop-tops or if I have an overly long body or something… I’d go with your instinct and add a bit more until you are happy with the length.

    Also, those scissors are lovely!!

  • Reply Donna September 9, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Oh I hate when that happens. I had been in a rut for a good portion of the summer. Lots of things on the needles but nothing getting finished. Then all of a sudden projects will be complete before you know it. I love the color in your tee. Good luck!

  • Reply Caroline September 9, 2015 at 6:26 am

    It will be beautiful when it’s done. I also, am not a huge fan of linen but I think this may be worth it when done 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek September 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    For everything there is a season… a season of distraction? I dunno… let’s say you are in a knitting REST instead of a knitting RUT. There, that’s better. 🙂

  • Reply knittedblissjc September 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Did you wet block your swatch? Just wondering if where they are saying to put the latvian braid has more to do with where it will land post-blocking. But it depends on if that yarn grows much when blocked…. the colour is stunning! And I loved Tell the Wolves I’m Home, it’s a really good novel.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 10, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I did wet block. It helped the stitches lay flatter…but not much growth from the linen like I typically see with wool. I think the Latvian is just the border for the lace yoke/sleeves. It’s just a matter of how long the tee will be from the armpits down…

  • Reply Lucy Bowen September 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Gorgeous colour, I like longer sweaters and I would have thought you would nearly be there though.

  • Reply purepurly September 13, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Hi! I have at least four projects going on at the same time…different moods and situations nned different projects! But now I have a few large ones that I have ignored for too long…will do something about it in the darker October and November! Hege

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 13, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Who knew knitting could be such a moody endeavor…it has taken me a while to realize that. Happy knitting.

  • Reply Limescented September 23, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Love those twisted stitches, they create such a pretty texture compared to regular stockinette!

    As long as you washed and finished your swatch exactly like you’re going to do the garment, you can go by the swatch row gauge since that is what your garment will probably end up being (I say probably since I’ve no experience of working with linen).

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 23, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Thanks! I still need to figure this one out…trying to get this project off the needles soon!

  • Reply Cheri October 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I too chose Quince Sparrow in Pigeon for the body and Truffle for the lace portion. I am pleased with the results of your fabric so far. 🙂 I don’t have as much completed and was (like you) having some second thoughts about my yarn choice. I was looking for a reference on Rav and didn’t see any others knit out of linen. I really like the color you chose as well and am excited to see your finished top. Hang in there!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I need to pick this project back up! I am ready to do the Latvian braid and start the lace…need a couple hours of quiet knitting so I don’t screw it up. I did continue the body for 17 inches instead of 11, and I am only 5 ft tall.

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