Adrift and Titus Adrift
I’m sure there’ll be another Adrift, which is why I’m calling this one no.1. It was quite a boring knit, with very long stocking stitch rows, for the most part devoid of shaping. The acrylic yarn stuck unpleasantly to my KnitPicks interchangeable needles and was hard to slide over the joins when I was using Magic Loop to knit the sleeves, and I’m quite glad it’s all over.
But I do like the shape and the versatility of this design. It works with jeans and a T-shirt, but it will go over a sundress too. The fabric is so open and fluid that the fronts can be knotted loosely together, but I expect I will just let them hang open most of the time, or else pin them at the shoulder with a brooch.
I still have a massive quantity of the yarn left, enough for another couple of Adrifts. Fortunately, it was cheap stuff in the bargain bin at Texere and I won’t mind if I end up giving it away, or using it doubled or even quadrupled for twiddlemuffs.
For anyone contemplating an Adrift, there are a couple of things to be aware of. Firstly, the design is available in two versions, the original one (called just Adrift) is for a 2-ply / laceweight yarn, and Titus Adrift is for a 4-ply / fingering yarn. The latter version is designed for (unsuprisingly) Titus, a wool/alpaca blend that is spun for Baa Ram Ewe, but would suit other 4-plys that are capable of being blocked hard or – like my Texere acrylic – don’t need it and can be knitted on relatively large needles. I knitted the Titus version even though my yarn is probably finer than 2-ply, to get the necessary drapiness.
If you are a competent knitter and you have one of the patterns, you shouldn’t have any trouble working out how to convert it to the other yarn weight. For some reason, the original, 2-ply Adrift is far more popular on Ravelry, with about 575 projects compared with just 6 for the newer, 4-ply version.
The other thing to know is that the yarn quantities for Titus Adrift were wrong when it was first published, and have only been corrected fairly recently. If you bought your pattern before 15 June this year, then it will tell you that you need twice as much yarn as is actually required. Titus is a fairly expensive yarn so it’s worth checking before you buy.
Both versions can be knitted sleeveless or with ¾ length sleeves. You could, of course, make the sleeves any length you like. To make the most of an expensive yarn, it would be sensible to knit the cardigan to the length you want it and then split your remaining yarn into two equal portions by weight and knit the sleeves until you run out.
Leather case for a Moto E phone
I posted in July about a case I made for my dear husband’s new phone, in the hope (since realised!) that he’d let me use it to learn Android development on. I’ve uploaded the full instructions onto Instructables as Simple Leather Moto E Case for those who want to make something similar. There’s no magic about small leatherworking projects such as this. If you can wield a sewing needle, you can make simple leather goods. Honest. Try it.