For the Love of Grettir


That spring-like weather we experienced towards the end of February passed, which means I’ve had ample opportunity to wear my new Grettir sweater since finishing it last week.

Perhaps because it’s simply my New Sweater or maybe because it’s a Good Sweater or possibly because it’s the one laying in the most convenient location (draped over the back of the chair that I hang my winter coat on), I’ve worn Grettir almost every day since last Friday. I wore it on a snowy bike ride, which it was actually a little too warm for and consequently I didn’t button my coat and it became covered in snow as I rode the eight miles to work. It kept me warm and dried quickly. I wore it on two consecutive low-to-mid-20°Fs days. And I wore it while I biked home those two windy evenings. And I wore it today while I shoveled the ice that fell overnight in lieu of snow.


I like this sweater very much. It turns out that the sleeve length is just right. I keep it cuffed all the time, and it never feels too short in the arm. The body length is perfect.¹ And I think there’s something to this color thing! Knitting is what brought me around to wearing color, and there’s something about this mix of greens and gold that I can’t quite articulate. But I like it.

Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407, 9421, 9426, 0867)
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1: Both of my Strokkur sweaters are on the long side (by design), and occasionally the back gets caught on the nose of my saddle.


Winter Knits

I knit a lot of shawls. Possibly, I knit too many shawls. There’s a large basket filled with shawls (and hats and maybe some other stuff) next to my winter coat, but there are two, in particular, that I keep reaching for this winter: Authenticity and Monsoon Shawl.

Both are worsted weight shawls, which is one of my favorite types of projects. Satisfying and kind of easy, while still offering some challenge, because those lace repetitions don’t keep track of themselves.


When I finished this Authenticity shawl last February, I actually decided it was too small and I eventually knitted a second one a few months later. But now that it’s winter again, this smaller Authenticity keeps getting draped over my shoulders and tucked under my jacket and stuffed in my bag “just in case.” I’ve since knitted a sweater with the same Swans Island yarn, and I’ve decided that I really like working with it.

Monsoon Shawl

And the Monsoon shawl — which I just reblocked a couple days ago, and that was a giant PITA but so worth it — is this perfect, acidy yellow-green that I’ve decided goes really well with my olive and black wool coat. I knitted this shawl last summer, often while sitting outside upstate, and I loved working that attached lace edging. The entire project used almost an entire hank of Targhee Worsted, but somehow I still ended up with some +30 yards left over.

Pattern: Authenticity
Yarn: Swans Island All American Collection Worsted (Driftwood)
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Pattern: Monsoon Shawl
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (Spawn of Scum)
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