Silver Screen Knits

KAL Part One? Check.

I’d posted previously about the Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan KAL currently going on over at the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group, and in a fit of madness I committed to knitting two of them. That would be two Streeps on top of the two I’ve already knitted as samples. There’s probably something wrong with me.

Yesterday, I finished the first one – a scaled down version to fit my 6 year-old daughter. You can read about my mods to the pattern here but, basically, I used a DK weight yarn (SweetGeorgia Superwash DK) and size US 7 needles, cast on fewer sts, shortened the length (obviously) and gave it long sleeves. Here it is:

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And here’s a close-up of the lace detail and one with the sweater unbuttoned because I am being that mom who posts more photos of her kid than strictly necessary.  I should mention that the daylilies are my husband’s doing.  He’s the one that keeps our yard gorgeous and continuously reminds me that plants need water in order to not die.  That’s why the garden is his job and I take care of the things that can verbalize their needs.

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I have one more Streep to go before I officially call it quits on knitting that pattern; however, I plan to wait a week or two before casting on in order to make some more progress on this giant pile of gorgeousness.  Fortunately, it’s unseasonably cool for summer so I can handle being completely covered up with this thing as I knit it.

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This next bit isn’t knitting-related but it fills me up with nerdy grammar-loving warm tingly feelings. Also, it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t care for Oxford commas.

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Meryl Streep Cardigan Knit-A-Long

Kathleen Lawton-Trask (who I’ve blogged about lots of times, obviously!) has had the brilliant idea of starting a KAL for the Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan by Ann Weaver, which was published in Kathleen’s book Silver Screen Knits: Volume One.  This pattern proved to be so popular that Kathleen decided to offer it as a standalone pattern on Ravelry. The KAL will run from July through September and Kathleen and I will participate on the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group.  We’ll be available to answer questions, provide advice as needed, and post tips from the designer.  As an added bonus, Kathleen is offering a discount on the single pattern and the entire ebook for this KAL!  Also, free yarn!  From her blog:

  • There will be discounts. Between now and July 1, if you create a Streep project on Ravelry, add a photo of the yarn you plan to use, and tag it “StreepSummer2014,” you will receive two coupons: one for $1.00 off of the single Streep pattern, and one for $4.00 off of the ebook of Volume One.
  • There will be a giveaway. Likely not enough yarn to knit the sweater, but around August 1 we will select one person who has posted about their progress in the Ravelry Group and send them some pretty yarn. Details about this, with pretty yarn photos, will be posted on my blog in the next week or so.

Seriously, visit her blog for the rest of the details.  She’s a way better blogger than I am! I’ve knitted this cardigan twice before.  Once as a test knit for Kathleen using The Fibre Company Organik (left photo) and again as a sample for Karida Collins in her Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted (right photo).  Pardon the sweater pose.  It’s the only one I have.

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As my contribution to the KAL, I’ll be knitting two more Streeps.  One will be for me, finally.  At last I get to keep one of these gorgeous sweaters.  The slight (and really only slight) downside is that I can’t justify buying any more yarn without lots of passive-aggressive gesturing at my already large stash by that other person who lives in my house.  You know, the person who doesn’t understand that just because I have scads of yarn, that doesn’t mean I have the right yarn.  Sooooo, I’m repurposing some yarn from the TARDIS blanket that I started a few years ago.  I really had every intention of knitting it.  Look – I even had all the yarn (not pictured, blue Cascade 220): Image So that’s a ton of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.  Not a bad yarn at all, just kinda sorta nothing to write home (or blog) about.  But because everyone can use a black sweater, I’m planning to use the black for my Streep. It’ll be fine.  I’ll wear it lots and there’s the added bonus that it’s made of stash yarn.

The second Streep (which I will knit first!) will be for my kid (see below) as I haven’t knitted a sweater for her in way too long.  Five years ago, I scaled down the Dollar and a Half Cardigan by Veronik Avery for her so I’m going to do the same thing with Streep.  Kathleen has very generously allowed me to hang onto a couple skeins of SweetGeorgia Superwash DK leftover from my Sophia Loren Riverside Cardigan design (as well as two other not yet released designs).  I thought I only had one skein and figured I might alternate it with a skein of madelinetosh tosh sport (my all time favorite yarn) as the two yarns are very similar in size but the color differences were too great.  Luckily, I found an extra skein of SweetGeorgia.  The dye lot doesn’t completely match the other skein but I doubt my kiddo will care.

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If you aren’t already part of the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group, join now, start your project page, tag it “StreepSummer2014,” and cast on July 1!  I look forward to knitting with you!

Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two Pre-Orders Have Begun

Pre-orders for Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask have begun! Order your copy here! When you order the print version you will receive the PDF version free on its release date. Be sure to sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter to receive your discount code, which will be good for a limited time. You’ll also receive a discount code for both volumes, so now is a great time to order Silver Screen Knits, Volume One. Plus, if you order both copies together you’ll only pay shipping and handling for one copy.

Print copies of the book will be shipping on May 15. The PDF version only of the book will be available for sale on May 8 on Ravelry.

To whet your appetite, here are some highlights from Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two:

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Photo credits: Brandy Crist-Travers and Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask