Linen and Threads SAL 2018

Hurrah! I did manage to finish the December section of the Mystery SAL from Linen and Threads. And that means the year-long project is now complete!

L&T SAL - Dec finish

I’d altered the section to shorten the dress of the human in this section, and I like that it turned out not too bad.

I did make a mistake while coloring the chart, however. It’s not at all evident in the section, but maybe if you see the overall tapestry –

L&T SAL - The Entire 2018

I styled the flowers differently for Jan (green and pink) and Dec (only red)! I’m not going to redo it, though – too nitpicky, too much hassle, and I’ve already celebrated the completion of the project. ๐Ÿ˜›

Isn’t the overall project just beautiful? โค Now we’re wondering if this really needs to be a table runner, and if it’s not too late to turn it into a wall hanging or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now, the knitting…

For my brioche stitch project, I’ve chosen the Amherst Pullover by Amanda Scheuzger. This has brioche stitch only for the yoke and not the entire project, and that’s perfect for me, because the weather here doesn’t really require the squishy coziness of the brioche stitch. (And with all the swatching I did, I think I’ve now got the theory of both flat and in-the-round brioche stitch.)

As usual, I didn’t find yarn that fits both recommended weight and colors that I like, so I’m just going with colors that I like (albeit not too light weight-wise!) Right now, I’m reworking the project instructions to fit my gauge and preferred fit, because I can’t get the required gauge with this yarn without the stitches getting too loose.

I’m still undecided about retaining the pullover style of the sweater, or turning it into an open cardigan with i-cord edges replacing button bands. The pullover looks great, but by the time I finish it, I’m guessing the ‘harsher’ winter weather here would be over, and the sweater would be too hot / uncomfortable to wear, which probably means it’ll get an year of storage in the attic. A cardigan might be better for this sweater so I can use it more, but I’m not sure how it’ll look. Your vote on this oh-so-difficult decision?

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and are enjoying some crafty time too!

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16 thoughts on “Linen and Threads SAL 2018

    • Thank you very much, Ginny! I think I’ll wait for the January section of 2019 to decide. One thing I do know, though, is that if I do join, I’ll take a leaf out of your book and use fewer colors. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I am still stitching on the December section! I am still working on the lady’s dress. I better get some major stitching in this next week. For now, I have decided I will not do the 2019 sampler. I read that it won’t be different bands this year. So I will have to see it to see if it is something I will like. If I do decide, I am thinking I will choose one color for it. I am looking forward to see what the theme is and how it will be laid out.

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        • I imagine your 2018 will look really good when you’re done, I’ve loved all your sections.
          So it’s a different format for 2019, huh? Well then, we’ll see… If I don’t join, there’s always the 2017 to keep me busy!

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  1. The table runner turned out beautiful, and no matter whether it stays a table runner or you turn it into a wall decoration, itโ€™s an amazing heirloom piece.
    I fins cardigans more versatile than pullovers, so if you worry about the weather and pullover being too heavy I guess thatโ€™s a good option. Although the pullover on the pattern photo looks great so itโ€™s not an easy choice ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thank you very much, Kat! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’d be wonderful if we do manage to turn this into a wall decoration.
      I too am leaning towards the cardigan, but I think it’ll come down to whether I have enough yarn for the i-cord. I haven’t completed my calculations yet so I hope there’s no yarn chicken involved…

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  2. The SAL piece turned out so beautiful. I’d vote for a tapestry so you can see all its lovely goodness all at once (and also up on the wall would be further out of harm’s way!). Don’t know about the sweater. You know your wardrobe needs and wants. I’m contemplating doing this sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fern–feather but since I can’t wear wool, I’m going to do it in cotton, if I can find the right yarn/colors. It’ll be my first sweater. (Can you imagine a knitter who can’t wear wool!!!)

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    • Thank you! We too figure it’s better on the wall than on the table. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your choice for the sweater is beautiful! It doesn’t look like it has too much of a complicated construction for a first sweater, so I’m sure you’ll love working on it. And since knitting isn’t limited to wool, I definitely wouldn’t sweat it! (I hope the stranded knitting with cotton turns out okay, I’ve never tried that in cotton. I’ll look forward to your progress.)

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  3. Your embroidery work turned out beautiful!! I have not made very many sweaters, a little intimidated or the time commitment to finish it I guess :P. The one you chose is beautiful and will look nice either way (as a cardigan or pull over.) Do you think the Brioche at the cardigan front will pose any problem when you rework it for a cardigan? Guess I’m not brave enough on sweaters to change much more than a pattern on the sweater rather than changing the whole style of the sweater :), I will be watching to see what you decide. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’ve made quite a few swatches of brioche stitch now, and I’m fairly confident that the in-the-round brioche can be converted to a flat design without many problems. We’ll know when I try! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I guess I don’t mind trying to change a whole lot since I don’t mind the adjusting or the frogging if things go wrong (though I do complain about it, lol.) Also, throwing in stuff into a pattern until it feels like ‘me’ is what I like to do – and sometimes it ends up being a lot of stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Sweaters or socks, modifications or not, it’s fine as long as you’re happy doing what you’re doing, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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