FO: September House

Pattern: September House
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece Bluefaced Leicester DK (Brown, Ecru, Light Brown)
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This is what I was working on when I lost my knitting mojo earlier this year. It was a sleeve-island kind of thing. I had about an inch on one sleeve and approximately 2-3″ on the other. And I just ran out of steam. But after I finished my Turtle Dove pullover, I had a little momentum going, and I sat down with those two sleeves, and I finished them in a single day. (And then it took me another month to block.)

Because I don’t swatch and I have strong preferences about things like sleeve and body length or yoke depth, it’s important to me to be able to try my project on as I work. This led me to make one significant modification this sweater: I knit it top-down instead of bottom-up. This was my first time turning a pattern around, but I felt like I had knit enough sweaters at this point that I could proceed with confidence, and I’m pleased with the results.

The other major change I made was needle size. The pattern calls for US 8 and US 9 needles and DK yarn. I don’t think that I’m a particularly loose knitter — in fact, I’d say I have a tendency to knit a little tightly — but I knew before I even cast on a single stitch that those needles were too big for me. Based on instinct, I went with US 6 and US 7 needles, and — of course — I can’t for the life of me remember which size I ended up knitting, but my blocked gauge is 16 stitches and 28 rows (4″).

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Arboreal

FO: Arboreal

Pattern: Arboreal
Yarn: Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK (Parkin, Coal)
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As of today, it’s been ten months since my tibial plateau fracture, and I recently realized that my knee has recovered enough that I can now crouch awkwardly on the floor for long enough to block a knitted thing! Let the blocking begin!

These are the images that go with my last blog post, FO: Arboreal.

Arboreal

FO: Arboreal

Pattern: Arboreal
Yarn: Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK (Parkin, Coal)
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Yesterday I mentioned that I finished my Arboreal sweater while I was in rehab. This project traveled with me to the hospital. It laid by my side after my surgery, even though I didn’t work on it. And it went to rehab with me, where I finally had the energy to start knitting again. It was very satisfying to finish this on the final night that I was there. Very time-to-start-a-new-chapter like.

Unfortunately, I can’t really take a full picture of it to show off the yoke, because taking pictures involves a degree of mobility that I currently lack. However, it’s lovely, and I’m looking forward to wearing it this winter.

As usual, I eliminated the waist shaping and picked up extra stitches for the sleeves.

Strokkur #2

So Long, Strokkur

Like, I imagine, many knitters, I have a lot of handknit sweaters. I also have very limited space. This year alone, I’ve added seven sweaters to my wardrobe, plus a sweater vest. And I’m in the middle of Arboreal. And I have yarn set aside for several other sweaters. I’m pretty sure that I’ve crossed the line into Too Many Sweaters.

In theory, it’d be nice to give away a sweater for each new sweater I make, but I know that’s not going to happen. Even if, for example, my Fireside Pullover doesn’t get worn very often, I like it a lot. I’m not ready to give it away. But there are a couple that I don’t feel especially attached to, like my black and gold Strokkur, which I finished last November.

Strokkur

I actually got a lot of wear out of this last winter, but I want to keep my Swans Island Strokkur. Plus I have two other Léttlopi sweaters, and at least one more on the way. This was kind of an obvious choice. I have a coworker, who is approximately the same size as me, so with any luck, it’ll be #newsweaterday for Jamie tomorrow.

Arboreal

WIP: Arboreal

If this pattern combined with these colors doesn’t say #fallknits, I don’t know what does.

I cast on my Arboreal sweater on Thursday morning, which is actually my Sunday, and I finished the yoke chart on actual Sunday morning (my Wednesday) before I headed off to work. The chart is rather easy to follow, but I can also be very single-minded about certain projects and tasks, so I just kind of plowed through it. And with the brief short row section complete, I can now mindlessly knit through the body and sleeves.

Initially I wasn’t going to start this sweater yet. There’s a Lopi sweater I was going make first, but then I saw a hat that I want to make with leftovers of this lovely Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK. But that means I need leftover yarn. Which means I need to knit this sweater.

So here I am: knitting this sweater.

Pattern: Arboreal
Yarn: Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK (Parkin, Coal)
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Project Planning: Fusion

As I mentioned yesterday, the pattern I’d like to try my hand at steeking is Fusion. In anticipation of the project, I’ve been playing around with colors in Google Sheets. I’ve decided to use Quince & Co. Chickadee, which is the yarn that the pattern calls for. It comes in a wide range of colors, which is great — except that I’ve been trying to grow my all black handknits.

I started my color experimentation with greys and a pop of yellow. I was picturing a mostly-black sweater with a mostly-greyscale fair isle band. I didn’t want to go too dark with the greys though. I still want the colorwork to be visible, and if the colors are too similar, I’m afraid that the pattern will look muddled.

So I began considering colors. I was drawn to having a pop of either yellows or oranges, so those colors served as my jumping off point. I also knew that I don’t like purples or reds. Since I was using Google Sheets to develop my palettes, I was able to duplicate the spreadsheet and simply change the colors assigned in the conditional formatting menu. I included a few of my combinations above.

I’ve settled on one of the last two combinations. A visit to my LYS basically sealed the deal. They had the majority of the colors I needed in stock and were able to special order the rest for me, which means I’ve basically committed myself to this palette.

Fusion Palette

Instead of knitting the body of the sweater in black, I opted for Sabine, which is a very dark heather grey. For the background of the chart, I’m using two heathered medium greys. The contrast between the two will probably be subtle, but that’s what I’m going for.

The foreground will be some combination of Peacock, Aleutian, and / or Belize. My LYS had Belize in stock, but my digital “swatch” uses Aleutian, and I think I like that better, so I ordered a hank from the Quince website. If Aleutian looks good next to Peacock, I’ll probably use that as my second foreground teal. If Belize looks good next to Peacock and Aleutian, I might sneak that in when I knit the rows that use Carrie’s Yellow and Honey.

Of course, there’s no way to really know how these will look together without knitting a (steekable) swatch. So that’s the next step.

For the Love of Grettir

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.

Grettir

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.