Monday, March 27, 2017

My share of the sidewalk

  All of a sudden, it's one sweater a week around here.  Two things have been making that happen:  for one, my full-time job recently (and happily) became part-time, which has given me the gift of a whole bunch more hours in the week to do whatever pleases me.  (A second cup of coffee?  Don't mind if I do!  Naps?  Sure!) I'm hoping eventually to tackle a few non-yarn projects (eek, the garden) but lately the extra free time has mostly been spent with knitting, because (two:) there are so many gorgeous things out there to make, and I have a big yarn stash, and it's still cold here and I am in the throes of it.  
This is such a harmonious combination of yarn + pattern.  It is Sidewalk by Cristina Ghirlanda, knit (yes, in a week) in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham, in the beautifully purply, pinky blue-gray "Stone" colorway.  Windham is labeled "worsted" but I knit it at an aran gauge for this project, and it worked perfectly.  Windham has a crispy lightness that surprises, given that it is a many-plied, smooth yarn with 220 yards per 100 grams (uh oh, I think this is about "grist") much like what I think the Quince and Co. yarns are like.  Springy, cotton-soft, light as a feather, but smooth and round, for stitch definition.  It's the wooliest worsted-spun yarn ever.  How do they do that?  I don't know, but it's great.  It looks like Jill's Etsy shop is out of Windham right now, so you'll have to come with me to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in September to get some.  We'll eat Artichoke French, and Doc will wear his kilt--you can help me pick out my two fleeces!--Fiber Festival Day is one of my favorite days of the whole year.  
Spring seems to be taking a long time to arrive this year.  At least most of the snow has melted, fingers crossed it stays that way.  Meanwhile, I've got plenty to wear.  I promised myself I'd sew something today, though another pullover is just two sleeves away.  I know, it seems like madness to me, too.