photo by Rose Callahan
Happy happy holidays!
Ours is going to be a quiet Christmas, with beach picnics and a few days away at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, legendary for it’s hot spring under the sand. You dig a bathing hole (shovels are usually provided by the motels), wait for warm water to ooze into it, then dash back and forth between the crisp cool waves and the hot pool. Sometimes it can get so hot that you have to fetch come cold sea water to cool it down again!
Thanks to my daily walks, I have a new, slightly smaller swimsuit, so I’m ready!
Some wonderful news has arrived with the Holiday Season. Delysia (above), my sculptured cable pullover is coming out in Vogue Knitting Winter 2010-11 which will be on news stands January 4. You can see the gallery of designs in this issue here.
I originally made Delysia to wear myself, and I wanted it to be above all, flattering.
Much as I love the look of cables, I learned at the age of 16, after slaving over an entire aran pullover and skirt from a pattern in the English Woman’s weekly, that cables can add inches. So, the ideal cable garment for me is one that isn’t an all over design.
I’m also fond of projects that engage my brain every so often, but don’t require line by line attention to the pattern.
The next criteria is wearability. Cables have a casual, country look, and I like a sweater I can comfortably wear to a dinner party or a board meeting (right, like I’m going to be attending one of those, but you never know….).
So, Delysia, has a diagonal cable that meanders across the front and back, turns and meets up with similar cables that dance around the yoke. All-over cables but not really. Plenty of plain knitting with just one cable action front and back on each round.
Don’t you love seamless construction? It’s so flattering, and fun to knit.
The yoke decreases are hidden in the cables and my favourite folded hem gives it a dressy look.
I hope you like it!
Here’s a photo of the back, with my friend Charlotte modeling.
The yarn is Naturally Pride, a dk machine washable wool.
and here she is in the sweater I originally made for myself, in peach coloured organic merino.
Have a safe and happy holiday season. PEACE for all!