knit your karis away

I started knitting Karis, the lacy poncho from Rowan 36, but instead of using the lovely Rowan Kidsilk Haze that the pattern calls for, I’m using Lion Brand Imagine, a nylon/mohair blend (mostly nylon with a dash of mohair thrown in). I had a full ball of it left over from a previous knitting failure, so I only had to get two more. A poncho for $15 sounds like a deal to me! The thing is Imagine is fatter than Kidsilk Haze, so it’s going to be heavier and not so delicate and lacy lovely like Melanie‘s is. No matter! Someone has to make rash knitting decisions! Here’s the neckband:
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Umm, yeah, it’s kind of bright, isn’t it? And I know it should be obvious to me, but I am having a doozy of a time figuring out which is the right side and the wrong side, and what’s even more confusing is it gets kind of backwards when you start knitting the body, because you’re knitting upside down, sort of. I think I am definitely going to be someone who gets early onset dementia.
By the way, I read somewhere that Imagine is being discontinued!

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10 Responses to knit your karis away

  1. Marie says:

    Your Karis looks great so far. I sometimes put one of those plastic clip on type stitch holders onto the right side of fabric so that I know where I am.
    I love the pink! I never used to think much of pink but I have a real thing for hot pink at the moment. I’m going to a big knitting event in London tomorrow and I think lots of pink yarn will be purchased there!
    Really looking forward to seeing you in SF!

  2. Em says:

    It’s so purty! I’ve been eyeing that pattern, too, and thinking of good inexpensive substitutes. I think I’ve got some mohair stashed away somewhere…
    The weirdest thing–you were in my dream last night, and you’d gotten a perm, and your hair was all ringletty. It was gorgeous! but how random, huh?

  3. Melanie says:

    I like it! It looks fluffy and cozy.
    There should be a ridge of purl bumps where you picked up stitches to knit the body–that’s going to be the front/outside part when you’re done. (When you knit the hem, you’ll have another row of bumps and through magic they’re on the inside.)

  4. Mary says:

    It looks great! You can still see the lacy details at the bottom and it’s very pretty. I think the color is perfect too. I’m a new knitter and I’m going to work up the nerve to do a poncho soon. Enjoy!

  5. Mary says:

    This is about the beer can chicken. I bought these little metal holders at Walmart that hold the beer can and the chicken and now they don’t tip over. I love beer can chicken – it’s THE BEST thing I make!

  6. Amy says:

    That color is amazing. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  7. Stephanie says:

    What a relief. I’m so glad that you’ve made this weeks rash knitting decision. Takes the heat off me.

  8. Mariko says:

    I just finished Karis and I got lost A LOT. But it looks really nice. I did end up having to use a row counter. I like your idea of using a thicker yarn because I think the lacework will show up better. At least it’ll be easier to see while you’re working. Good luck!
    p.s. I found your blog by googling my own name (out of boredom) and saw you were a knitter working on the same project. weird, huh?

  9. Shannon says:

    You can tell I knit a lot at work when I can, but if you don’t have one of those fancy schmancy stitch markers handy you can also slide a paper clip on the right side.

  10. Julie says:

    Noooo I love Imagine! Say it isn’t so!

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