Saturday, February 6, 2016

A sweater trifecta

All I can bear to tell you about the recent blizzard is this: it was not fun, but it really helped me bond with some of my neighbors. I am so done with piles of snow.  

That said, I do not think it is sheer bliss to have warm weather and short sleeves yet. I want my fair share of decent sweater weather. As it turns out, I have three sweaters on the needles, and I am very excited about each of them.

The folks at Briar Rose Fibers decided to have a Dr. G's Memory Vest KAL, and it didn't take me long to jump on the bandwagon to knit another one. Two swatches and several skeins later, I have the back completed in a custom-dyed colorway made by Chris. I tweaked the needle sizes a bit, especially carrying the smaller needle sizes further up into the pattern, and I am hopeful it will all turn out as I imagine. 


I have been getting the movie marathon knitting in order, which means stockinette in the round this year. I did indeed cast on socks in the Arne & Carlos yarn. I also am following Elizabeth Zimmermann on a journey to knit a Seamless Hybrid sweater. Really, I think this may be the only way I'd get this sucker underway. I'm using Bartlett Yarns 2-ply in a pretty purple heather I picked up at Maryland Sheep and Wool a couple years ago. This is the only sweater I am knitting that will have sleeves.


Last, and perhaps most thrilling of all, is a Fair Isle vest I have been dreaming up, but doubted I'd ever get around to knitting. The process of selecting stitch patterns and color designs really flummoxed me, but I found help in a couple resources.  Mary Jane Mucklestone's 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory simplified the process with its single-repeat charts that made mixing and matching pretty easy.  I used a trial of EnvisioKnit software to play around with charts and colors to create a design I liked, using a color palette I selected at the yarn shop with a bit of help from the friendly folk hanging about there. 


Actually knitting it is easy, compared with planning it.  I don't have all of the exact details worked out for the neck and armhole decreases, but I have time before I get there. In the mean time, I adore the fabric created by the Finullgarn Rauma. It's beautiful, but it feels amazing, too.  Knit up, I daresay it is next-to-skin soft, but not in a cashmere or merino way.  It just doesn't itch or prickle like it would seem when it is in the ball. 


I may have a hard time fitting everything in, but at least I have knitting for every occasion, whether it's cuddling up at home with a cup of coffee, sitting in the car on a Saturday morning drive, or distracting myself from overly tense moments in the dark of a movie theater.