The situation was: I had to take the car for a smog check. Old Tile isn't really a suitable candidate of portable knitting ... but I surely wanted to take something with me. Flora is one of the patterns I tend to like in the latest issue of Knitty. A few weeks ago, Jo-Ann offered free shipping with the purchase of 8 or more balls of yarns. And I have been wanting to try out their exclusive new cotton and wool blend yarns. So, I ordered one ball each. It seemed that the Cosetta wool blend could work with Flora. It did.
Pattern: Flora designed by Kate Kuckro from Knitty Fall 2005
It is a very easy pattern but the outcome is quite lovely. For the button, I just picked one from what I have ... but would most probably use the leftover to make one following Glampyre's tutorial.
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Cosetta Col: 2332 Red (68% Wool; 32% Nylon; 50g 128 yards)
I like the autumn tone colourway. The yarn is a little fuzzy and there are metallic specks throughout. This is not the softest nor the warmest yarn ... but for a fashionable accessory, it is good enough.
Gauge and Needle: 16 st to 4" using US10
Among the Jo-Ann yarns is a ball of 100% wool Tesoro ... now this one is really soft. I plan to make the Purly baby hat using this ... but it seems that the gauges are very different. So, I may have to make some adjustments.
Update on Old Tile: There are 128 stitches (on US3) for the back ... and I am now on Row 19 (I have to do a total of 158 rows). So, there is a loooooong way to go!