Sunday, February 25, 2018
Naturally Nazareth, a 100% domestic wool workhorse aran weight yarn in the sublime colorway “Moonlight”] is stubbornly sturdy and, well, basic. It looks like it will last a hundred years, but it made my hands ache. It wasn’t that much fun to knit with, if I am being truthful, and I’m afraid the luxury yarn binge I’ve been on lately has spoiled me rotten for these more pedestrian yarns but after a soak and a day spread out on the table to dry, it came to life. The cables relaxed out so beautifully and the whole thing softened up just enough, and I really, truly, want to live in this sweater. Well, I have been. here. It comes in only one size, but because the side panels and sleeves are in stockinette, you can easily adjust it up or down to fit you. I added a few stitches at the bottom of the body, to accomodate my pear-shape, and decreased a few times at the sides to get to the right bust size for me. I also winged it at the yoke, but that’s really just because I don’t like to fuss over things like attached i-cord and p3 tog. So the pattern isn’t perfect [but it is free] and the yarn isn’t perfect [or is it?] but this finished sweater? It has a couple wonky bits and it looks like it was knit by a loving grandma back in 1958 so somebody’s older brother could wear it to play rugby at Yale. Yep, it’s perfect.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Gilda, in Holst Supersoft, colorways silver, oatmeal, geranium, saffron, and burnt orange--which I was kind of knitting in anticipation of wearing in the future, is wearable for me now, if I stay home and can be warm enough, thankyouverymuch. I really love it. That Holst Supersoft is so compelling, I kind of want to work with it every minute. The transformation it undergoes with blocking is so satisfying--I think I knit like the wind when I'm using it, just in a race to get to that moment. So Gilda is good for cozy days at home where I can have the temperature the way I like it. For other, less indulgent, more realistic days, there is this: Carbeth, knit in some unlabeled mystery date yarn I bought at Rhinebeck, possibly from Battenkill Farms? Doc and I tried later to piece together where this came from, and I'm pretty sure that was it. I have no idea about the fiber content, but it is gorgeously soft and tweedy with flecks (maybe the flecks are silk? I wish I knew more about this kind of thing) and is a three-ply worsted spun natural brown wool. It has a weight and density that is immensely satisfying, and I might suspect some alpaca, but since it doesn't make my bare skin feel like it's being chewed on by ants, I don't think there can be any alpaca in it. If there is alpaca in it, I will have to completely revise my whole anti-alpaca manifesto, because it is a total dream to wear, and it was a total joy to work with. I kind of like that its identity is a mystery, but in fact, if you were in the Battenkill booth on the Sunday at Rhinebeck, and you were the one who pressed that freebie extra mini skein of this wonderful yarn into my hands, and said, "A gift, from me," I want to thank you very much. That little gift let me swatch my heart out for this sweater, without fear of running short of yarn. That's the real gift, isn't it? This sweater. Okay. When I first saw the photos of Kate, modeling this new design, I thought, well now. It looks so cute on her teeny self, but I can't possibly...I don't want to...won't my bellybutton get cold?...and I just kept thinking about it, and coming back to it. What an interesting silhouette it has. A lot of other people kept coming back to it, too,because there's a whole knitalong going on at MDK now [start yours today, you've got plenty of time and this pattern could not be easier. I mean it.] So even though I had about forty reasons not to knit this sweater, I couldn't help it and I knit one. The gauge of it is enormous, and it only took four days, and whoo! I can't believe how much I love it. I did add a little length to the body, in an effort to have the hem hit me at the same place it seems to hit the petite Kate in her sample photos. I also made the sleeves super long, and the collar super tall, because I am still me after all. I thought a sweater that was kind of abbreviated in all three of the coverage zones would just feel like a too-small sweater. I think it made this one work for me, even though I know the cropping is what made the design unique, and mine is just kind of a little less interesting as a result. As I've mentioned before, if something gets a little too interesting, I probably won't want to knit it or wear it. This time, though, I was wrong about that, and I might just make another Carbeth. Actually cropped, this time. So much for slowing down.
Monday, February 5, 2018
10 x 10 wardrobe challenge, Project 333, Sara Berman's Closet, etc. and I'm still trying to figure out where I'm going to land on all that, given that I really want to live with less, but knitting sweaters is my joy, and that with luck I have many more years of life in which to do it, and have no interest in slowing down. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject. Meanwhile, here is North Atlantic, all finished. I've worn it twice already, and it is pretty good.