Thursday, January 19, 2012

Harvest Moon sweater

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I have made another sweater.  Here’s what I think happens:  I think that when the weather is cold, my brain goes to sleep and all I can imagine doing about the fact that I’m chilly is to knit something, never mind that I already have a lot (I mean a LOT) of sweaters.  If it snows?  I knit faster.  If the wind blows through the cracks?  I knit with one hand and cast on two more sweaters with the other.  If there’s a blizzard and the power goes out and we all have to sit around by candlelight singing madgrigals in four-part harmony because the internet won’t work?  I sing alto, while knitting in the dark.  I guess that’s just how I am.

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This has turned out to be the most perfect sweater I have ever made.  It is Harvest Moon by Heidi Kirrmaier, and I love it.  It has everything I want in a handknit garment—interesting details, great fit, and long stretches of plain knitting so I can keep my eyes on Downton Abbey while I work. 

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I’ve worn this sweater four times since I finished it.  I wore it before it was even photographed.  I wore it yesterday, and I want to wear it again right now.  It is warm and flattering and comfortable.  Heidi, I am your faithful servant.   I don’t know which part I like better, the tidy i-cord bindoff (which rolled like a cinnamon bun until I blocked it, after which it just sat up straight and combed its hair and behaved itself like I can’t believe) or the cute little crescent-shaped pocket trims with i-cord edging:

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Oooh, aaahh. 

The yarn is Cascade 220 in charcoal gray, recycled from another sweater I made a few years ago and got tired of. 

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I love this sweater so much that I’ve already started another one just like it:

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I can’t wait.