It’s not that often that I get so attached
to a pattern that I have to make more than one let alone three, (admittedly it has
happened before). Once with Francie (I’ve made four pairs) and then again with Sherilyn (I’ve made four – two for samples and one as a gift and
one for me).
But when Ysolda made the first Blank Canvas
I knew I wanted one. The first one I made using 2 strands of 4ply held
together JC Rennie Unique Shetland. Smalt and Storm, I did try a few variations
before settling on this one. I really
like how from further away the fabric looks like one colour, and it’s not until
you get close to it that you realise all the colours that are in it. I love
this sweater and it seems like I wear it at least twice a week. And quite often
throw it on in the evenings when I get in.
Before I’d even finished the first sweater
I went stash diving to figure out if I had something suitable to make a second
one. I found suitable yarn, but the colour not so much! This one is made out of
a superwash merino, Sanguine Gryphon Traveller in a cheerful yellow buttercream
suitable for a baby blanket or someone with a much different skin tone to
I contemplated dyeing the yarn in
the skein or after it was knit up, I decided to knit it up first and then dye
it. When I say dye I really mean ask my friend Mica of YarnPony to dye it for
me, she actually knows what she’s doing. I gave Mica the swatch, leftovers and sweater and told her that ideally I’d like something in
the blue/green spectrum, which is exactly what I got, and I love it. Thanks Mica!
For my third and final (I think I’ve
overcome the addiction) Blank Canvas I decided to make a v-neck version. Lucky
for me Ysolda used my measurements for the v-neck example during the Perfect
Sweater class so I didn’t end up having to do any calculations, I also added in
my standard bust dart calculation.
This version is knit using Skein Queen
Voluptuous in Chocolate. I purchased it at Edinburgh Yarn fest near the end of
the extremely busy day, and was surprised I was able to find a sweaters worth
at the booth.
I believe three is the number to cure an addiction. But I do have plans to use the ‘raddle’ shoulders on a different sweater that calls for a standard raglan. I think I’ll get a much better fit in the shoulders.
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