Sincerely, I could not be happier with the result. I am 100% satisfied and I am really glad that I persevered with the Rondeur pattern and tried it for the second time.
We were quite busy over here, in the Berries and Yarn household, with family visits, the lovely birthday celebration and also with Pip growing his first two molars. We have been lucky so far, his teething was almost unnoticeable, but the molars do seem to be giving him a hard time. All should be fine fairly soon though 🙂
He also started to reducing the amount and length of his day naps and the weather is so lovely we try to spend as much time outside as possible. I am enjoying every moment with him, especially considering that I will be back to work part-time in just over a month.
This all obviously means that I haven´t been speeding through Rondeur II as much as through his predecessor, however, we do seem to be getting somewhere.
As you may have noticed, I did not give up on Rondeur after the bamboo disappointment and cast on another attempt. This time I chose ice blue cotton, same yarn I used for Surry Hills. I managed to knit some on our little holiday, as it is a summer knit after all 🙂
At the moment I am almost reaching the point of waist shaping.
The cotton is of course pleasure to work with, so hopefully, this time it will turn out well. The yoke lace cable seems to suggest so 🙂
Oh dear me 🙂 What an epic fail!
Last night, I finished Rondeur. I tried it on, it fitted like a glove. I washed it gently, like I do with knits before blocking, and to my shock and horror, out of the washing machine a monster emerged! It went down to my knees, or rather, it would, if it did not fall off my shoulders.
Apparently, bamboo yarns are quite well known for growing and stretching. I do consider myself an experienced knitter, but this was my first time with bamboo and this idea did not cross my mind at all. I learned my lesson – when working with a completely new fiber or unusual yarn, I should look online for others´ experience and hints and also make a large swatch and make sure to wash it.
However, I am going to carry on with the KAL and remake the great pattern in a very unsurprising cotton 🙂 Also, I may use the lovely but unpredictable bamboo in a project where the stretch would not mind – a lace shawl or scarf comes to mind.
Today we are leaving on a family trip, so it will be quiet here for the rest of the week. Enjoy the lovely days wherever you are and please, come back on Monday 🙂
As I mentioned last week, I started knitting Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark as a part of Nice and Knit KAL. It is growing and growing and I find the pattern very nice and also relaxing, as it involves a lot of stockinette knit in the round 🙂 Here it is, already down to the underarms 🙂
Yeah, could not help it 🙂 I enjoyed the Surry Hills KAL so much that I almost immediately jumped into another one. Due to a last-minute gift I had to finish (you will learn about that soon 🙂 ) I only last night managed to cast on and only did a bit today (the KAL started on Sunday).