Monday, October 25, 2010

Pogona Perfection

Last week I was mesmerized with Pogona (Ravelry link).  The magic lasted through the weekend.  Before I knew it, Pogona was off the needles - a limp, lifeless heap in my lap.

Without wasting a moment I gave it a bath and put it on the wires.

Time to dry.

Over the years I've used different methods for blocking.  For a long time I loved using all pins.  I think it reminded me of a past life when I had time for sewing.  Then I used a combination of pins and thin, smooth yarn as a guide.

Lately my preference is blocking wires.  They work especially well with a piece like Pogona that has straight lines and a geometric look.

Pogona has side-by-side panels of knit and purl.

The perfect combination for contrast and texture.

By the end of the day Pogona was dry and ready for wear.

The yarn is Dirty Water DyeWorks Lillian, colorway Gourd.  Lillian is 100% Superwash Merino, 100g / 400yd.  Lillian is firmly plied creating a yarn with spring and bounce.  You may remember seeing this same colorway in Paula.  I liked it so much I had to repeat it.

Pogona is a delightful pattern to work.  It was my traveling companion for a week and was easy to pick up and put down.  And yes, I could talk and work on it at the same time.  

I can't say enough good things about the finished product.  Pogona has wonderful drape and can be worn several ways.  The design is practical yet elegant.  With the geometric shaping it stays in place. There's no need to constantly rearrange it.   I will definitely make Pogona again.

This past weekend was the annual Head Of The Charles Regatta.  It's the world's largest two day rowing event and attracts people from all over the world.  As the name implies it's held on the Charles River.

Rowing may look easy, but it's hard work.  Those rowers are in excellent shape.

And for those of us who don't row, it's fun to watch.

You can't beat a walk along the river on a nice fall day.


MicheleinMaine said...

Love your Pagona, Stephanie! I may try one soon. I was just in Boston yesterday and drove along Storrow drive. Haven't been to the Regatta in many years.

Taos Sunflower said...

That's really tempting...and I'm not even knitting right now...