After finishing a spate (okay 2) of summery type tops, I thought it was high time to return to my cardie roots. Having found ten skeins of black Phildar Falaise on ebay last month (plus forcing my sister to buy the other lot of ten--heh), I settled down to figuring out what the hell to do with it. I'd heard all about the beauty of sproingy Falaise from said sister, among others. This was the yarn called for in the Becky Wannabe sweater ( Claudia's version here--remember this one?). It's been quite nice to knit with (no aching hands worries from lack of give here), though it splits a tad on on me. That just means I must actually look at my knitting now and again to make sure I've grabbed the entire piece of yarn.
I'm making my cardie from the top down with raglan sleeves. I've got 10 skeins of yarn, which should be fine for a cardie, but you never know. I may need to SOS for all your leftovers for those striped accents at the bottom of the sweater. Fingers crossed. I began the pattern fiddling by measuring my favorite cardie in order to replicate those dimensions as closely as possible. I pulled out my invaluable Knitting from the Top (Barbara G. Walker), swatched my yarn, broke out the calculator and cast on. I've ripped out twice already as I didn't like the raglan increase I'd chosen, but I've got a winner now and have about 2.5" of sproingy goodness to show for it. I've also found the Phildar Falaise is almost as punnable as Onde! Joy!