Days like today, I'm glad to be a knitter. Really, I feel very sad for all those walking around, in negative temperatures, wearing synthetics and cotton. Because, wool, is where it's at. You can even, say, take pictures outside without a coat ... OK, so maybe a person can only really be outside long enough to produce 3 poor quality pictures, but it gets the job done.
If I were a bit better at time management, I would have photographed days ago, when I finished and it was 20F. Perhaps, a supplemental secondary shoot can be squeezed in before the month ends. But, I'm working on (completely self-imposed) deadlines here, people!
Pattern: Peabody by Leila Raabe
Yarn: 9 skeins Knitpicks DK Merino Style in Masala (Discontinued) and 3 skeins Shimmer Handpainted Lace in Spice
Needles: US size 5 and Us size 7
Notes: I've had a ridiculous amount of this yarn stashed for a couple years now. After I ordered it, I had a change of heart, and didn't think I would be able/willing to wear this color. When I saw the Brooklyn Tweed version, my faith was renewed. Except, the pattern called for worsted weight, and my yarn was DK. No problem. I also had a bit of Shimmer Lace in the Spice colorway, so I decided to hold the strands together while I knit. I really wish I had a photograph to show you how gorgeously this worked out! The fabric has both a tweed-like appearance, and a brilliant silky luster. Also, I'm completely convinced this sweater was MEANT TO BE.
See, while I had a ton of this yarn on hand, It was clear, I didn't have enough to do an entire sweater. By the time, I accepted this, I had the body and one sleeve finished. I finally conceded and jumped online to place an order. LITERALLY, the only color available in the DK Merino style was Masala! I ordered enough for two sleeves, and re-knit the first. I don't think it's at all obvious that the sleeves and body are from different lots. It worked out wonderfully.
I've been knitting cardigans exclusively for a while now, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to do a pullover. I knew that I wanted to be able to layer, so I knit a size larger than I would typically and am pleased with the fit. My sleeves are a touch longer than I'd like, but I'm pretty sure I can block that out. My seaming still stinks but shows improvement. And, I think that about covers it.
January goals are off to a great start!
1/20/2012 08:54:18 am
You are amazing! Th
1/20/2012 11:07:34 pm
That is such a beautiful sweater! I love the cables! And I am like you - I always feel sorry for the poor people who are wearing acrylic sweaters from the store. Wool rules!
Awesome sweater! I hear you about how great it is to be a knitter in the Winter, too. I really wanted to walk to do my errands this morning, and there was already a pretty steady snowfall going when I left, but with wool socks, wool mittens, wool sweater, wool hat, and...well, OK, I cheated on the cowl and wore cashmere...the only part of my that was cold was my nose.
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