falling in love all over again

It’s not the weather, since the past week stayed hot and humid. It’s not a return to school, since I work a full-time job and haven’t been in school for years. It must be some inner psychological link to the equinox, because we hit the official start of fall and I’ve been in a knitting frenzy ever since. Proof beyond the break.

twist-front top, back (by mintyfreshflavor)

You may recall I posted this yarn in a yarn cake back on Wednesday. Late Thursday night, after swatching for a sock pattern, I cast on–finally!–for the Twist-Front Top (Ravelry link) by Adrienne Vittadini (scroll down; it’s the second photo). I’ve been wanting to make this top for years–evidenced by the fact that this is from the Spring 2005 booklet. I first saw it in one of those ads in the back of Interweave. And now I’m done with the back and about 1/3 of the way up the front. It’s a simple 4-row pattern repeat, and everything is chugging away quite easily so far. I’m eager to get to the miter shaping to see how it all comes together.

I’m using the Brooks Farm Acero I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and it is much thinner than the yarn called for in the pattern, but I did some math and it seems that using the largest size in the pattern should yield a sweater that fits me. Plus some of the comments on Ravelry indicate that it stretches (it is lace, after all) and knitting a smaller size is recommended. Keep your fingers crossed.

365.271 • spin out (by mintyfreshflavor)

Yesterday was Spin-Out, and since I don’t spin, I showed up with this in tow and knit happily away for several hours with the crew from Sit ‘n’ Knit New York. The weather was perfect, perfect, perfect. There were lots of spinners who even dragged wheels to Central Park. It was the first time I’d ever seen spinning live. And . . . I still have no desire to learn.

I want to finish this NOW! The back is blocking while I work on the front. Happily, it seems that 2 skeins of this yarn should be the perfect amount for a tank top. Note, the color is most accurate in the outdoors shot.

twist-front top, back (by mintyfreshflavor)

28 Responses to falling in love all over again

  1. Karma says:

    Oooh la la, look at that speed knitting! I really admire Adrienne Vittadini designs. And the ones I’ve done or looked at have been very well written. I hope your top turns out to be just the right size.

  2. Chante says:

    As you already know I absolutely love your pictures. Thanks for the tip and I’m heading to best buy during my lunch tomorrow to try and find that cute little doohickey.

  3. Ashley says:

    Well, I feel better that it’s a tank top–the sweater you were knitting in my head had long sleeves, and I thought “if she’s done with that next week then she is either a miracle worker or secretly has sweatshop knitters tucked away in her living room.”

  4. gleek says:

    what a great stitch pattern! i love it! you’ll definitely have to keep us filled in on how far that yarn goes. i also have two skeins of the acero and don’t know what to use it for!

  5. Rachel says:

    We’re totally on the same wavelength, knitting-wise. Well, except we’re not knitting the same things. And you’re knitting much faster than I am. I guess what I mean is, I did a lot of knitting this weekend too!

    Totally love that top. You are going to look amazing in it.

    By the way, if you DO have a sweatshop of knitters, can I use them?

  6. Brook says:

    Hi Minty, love your blog!!
    I am coming into NY this friday and am wondering if you have any suggestions on cool places to hangout (either knitting or non-knitting related). I am there for a week and last time I didn’t go to any yarn stores :(. Well, except one that was closing, so I don’t count that one. Anyways, would love to hear back from you!!

  7. abby says:

    The back looks great! And finished! It’s fabulous! Can’t wait to see the front (that twist detail is so interesting). It was great speaking with you on Saturday, and I hope that we can get together for lunch soon.

  8. Magpie Jen says:

    Yowza! Here I was all pleased with myself for finishing a hat this weekend. I’m duly humbled and impressed. You are right about the whole equinox/knitting thing. There’s nothing like going into a knitting frenzy in the face of shorter days and cooler nights.

  9. Specs says:

    Wow, you knit fast!

    And I do love a well-placed Weezer reference (which is what that was, right?). Takes me back to sophomore year of college. Oh, the angst!

  10. pamela wynne says:

    This is so much *prettier* than I usually go for, but it’s still sucking me in… maybe just some socks in that stitch pattern…

    Also, I was so inspired by your ninja-fast knitting skills that I tried continental for 3 whole rows of a Baby Surprise Jacket before getting cranky and giving up.

  11. earthchick says:

    Oooh, pretty, pretty, pretty.

    And I’m with ya on the whole no desire to spin thing. Though sitting in Central Park with your knitting watching other people spin does sound like a great way to spend a fall afternoon.

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