Some Sundara Love

One of my most-stashed yarn is from an indie dyer in the US who puts the most vivid colours on wool and silk: Sundara Murphy.

The first skein of yarn I bought from her was from the Seasons Collection in 2008. Unlike most Sundaraphiles, it took me ages before I managed to knit that first skein of yarn. I always knew I wanted to make socks with it and when I bought Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, I fell in love with the first pattern on the book.

I knew then that I will knit a pair of Zigzag Anklets with me skein of Cerulean Seas sock yarn. And here it is. All done. Sadly not in time for Ravelympics 2010, but they are done regardless.

I did not change anything on the pattern apart from the needle sizes used. I loved every moment of knitting this pair and cannot wait to work with Sundara Yarn again.

Project: Olympic Anklets (Raveled)
Pattern: Zigzag Anklets by Pam Grushkin from the book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn
Yarn: Sundara Sock
Colourway: Cerulean Seas
Needles: 2mm for the cuff, 2.75 for the rest of the socks
Cast on: 23 Feb 2010
Cast off: 30 March 2010
Notes: Nothing that I haven’t already said above.

I have ever only knitted 3 cardigans since learning how to knit. It’s one of the most demanding garments I think, esp if you’re doing it in pieces which I have never done yet. I prefer doing seamless cardigans for now.

This cardigan has to be my favourite of all 3 so far. I love my Febuary Lady Sweater and my Liesl but somehow the FLS fit is not quite right and the Aran Silky Merino I used for the Liesl is pilling rather terribly. I’m hoping the Sport Merino will hold up much better.

The buttons are a great Etsy find from Lilian Olive. She has a lot of beautiful vintage buttons.

I love wearing this! The fabric is quite dense and gives enough warmth. The colour is amazing too.

Project: Gathered Poppy (Raveled)
Pattern: Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre
Yarn: Sundara Sport Merino
Colourway: Poppy
Needles: 4mm
Cast on: 1 Nov 2009
Cast off: 6 Mar 2010
Notes: Supposedly my NaKniSunSweMo 2009 project but got shoved into the backburner for a good long while. Ran out of yarn 9 rows away from finishing the second sleeve. Sundara so kindly agreed to dye another batch of the yarn for me.

When I went to Manila in March, I bought the leftover Poppy and a pair of needles just in case I get bored. Well, I did and managed to cast on and knit this cute hat. Does it need a pompom?

Project: Slipped Poppies (Raveled)
Pattern: Picot Edge Hat by Carolyn
Yarn: Sundara Sport Merino (leftover from the cardigan above)
Colourway: Poppy
Needles: 5mm
Cast on: 13 Mar 2010
Cast off: 19 March 2010
Notes: I loved the stitch pattern on this! So easy to do and memorize. Perfect for leftovers since it doesn’t take a lot of yarn.

My next Sundara project will definitely be my Featherweight cardigan out of Flaming Flamingo FSM. Can’t wait!

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