5200K by Suvi Simola in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour.
First, the yarn. Sigh. Just heaven. The very day Glamour arrived at my LYS I bought a sweater's worth on the spot. (My love of Kidsilk Haze and it's sister yarns is well documented with 15 projects on Ravelry.) Knitted up it really does look like heaven dotted with glimmery little stars. I swear you can find some constellations in there if you look hard enough! The color is Blushes and looks exactly like raspberry sorbet.
Kidsilk Haze Glamour is slightly thicker and has a slightly different composition than KSH, still mohair and silk but with nylon added. It knits up to a variety of gauges, from an airy fabric at 18 stitches per 4 inches or to a more dense fabric at 25 stitches per 4 inches with US2 needles. For knitting bliss, needle size and composition are so important here. Depending on my gauge and my pattern I may use slick Addi Turbos or a smooth wood like Knit Pick Harmonies that will help the yarn to "stick". I prefer a sharp needle over blunt with KSH. Play around with your needle to get a feel that works for you. It's a yarn that at first may take a bit of patience. I have always encouraged knitters to stick with it until they are comfortable with it's feel, it's so worth it. This yarn really does make the most luxurious lightweight yet warm fabric that is like no other. I wear this year-round, it's perfect for our chilly Northern California summer evenings. It is not inexpensive, but you'll have your garment for many many years, it wears beautifully with minimal to zero pilling. Even though Glamour is thicker than KSH, I have interchanged it with excellent results, the Glamour fabric being fuller with more depth of feel to it. And of course there's those lovely shiny sequins! Hand wash.
I cast on immediately for a lacy cardigan that didn't work out. Agonizing to rip out half a sweater, but I had no choice, the yarn was too pretty to go forward with something I wasn't in love with. Then I saw 5200K on Ravelry and I knew it would be the right fit for this yarn. The pattern is top down and very well written. Love that curvy hem and now am a great fan of Suvi. I made a few mods and have some other construction notes on my Ravelry page. Very happy with this project.
I had to take two sets of pictures for this, so thank you to my patient photographer (my husband). The first set I wasn't wearing a cami and while I probably won't wear one in real life, photographs sometimes have x-ray vision and it looked too see-through for my mature self and this PG rated blog. So out came the cami. You're welcome.
The buttons are vintage mirrored buttons found on Etsy. The rose on the arbor is Climbing Eden, aka
Pierre De Ronsard, a truly amazing rose. The rose I'm holding is Gertrude Jekyll, my favorite mid-pink David Austin.
Have a great week! I'll be back soon sharing more knitting and more roses!