It’s hard to believe, but I’m going all the back to before Rhinebeck with this post! I finished this sweater just before the wedding. It helped me keep my sanity in those last few crazy weeks and ended up being my Rhinebeck sweater that no one saw because it was cold enough that day that we needed coats! Ah well, can’t win them all.
Pattern: Cobblestone Pullover
Yarn: Body – Green Mountain Spinnery Maine Organic. Yoke – Handspun BFL in “Study in Blues” colorway from Zarzuela’s Fibers
Needles: size 7
Mods: Added a little waist shaping
You’ll please forgive the lack of a modeled shots here. Unfortunately, there aren’t any from Rhinebeck because of the above mentioned weather and as of this moment it is 24 degrees in my fair town and with no one to run the camera I’m not running outside for a photo shoot that would take more than about 30 seconds!
I love how this sweater worked out. The pairing of a mill spun yarn with handspun worked out quite well, especially with a yarn as awesome at the Green Mountain Maine Organic. It’s simply a lovely yarn to work with. Light and airy but well plied for easy knitting.
It shows the details of this sweater well, like the side garter stitches.
And the bit of garter at the cuffs. I made the arms slightly too short on this sweater but probably only enough to bother me and not for anyone else to notice.
The handspun is a nice soft BFL in my “Study in blues” colorway. I spun a two ply yarn that I tried to match as closely as possible to the thickness of the commercial yarn and it worked out pretty well. I tend to like to spin very fine so it was a bit of a challenge to spin the thicker singles I needed here. I used the commercial yarn to finish off the last few rows of the collar to try and bring it all together.
It’s a nice warm comfy pullover and I do enjoy wearing it. I was wearing it the night Simba died. I haven’t been able to wear it since. I think I’m getting to the point where I might be able to change that.
Speaking of handspun, the next FO is made entirely from the Fleece I Did Not Buy at Rhinebeck 2009.
Yarn: Handspun Corriedale in a bulky weight
Needles: size 10
Mods: Manipulated the math to fit my gauge
This was a fun quick knit with big yarn on big needles. When I spun this yarn, I was spinning with a heavier weight of yarn in mind in an attempt to get out of my usual spinning rut of everything being very thin and fine. Variety! Spice of life and all that. I ended up with a yarn FAR bulkier than I had bargained for and had no idea what to do with it. Along came this pattern and it was a perfect fit. I did have to do some interesting things with the math to make it big enough to fit me, but it worked out in the end. I’ve been wearing this with a colored long sleeve tee and jeans and on the days when it isn’t completely freezing out this winter and it has been a nice layer for just enough warmth. I’m still trying to figure out a good closure for it though. I need a stick type shawl pin or something. When it hangs open it flops around and makes me a little cranky.
Finally, my knitting definitely got some color in the fall too!
Yarn: Noro Kuryon Sock
Needles: size 3
This was definitely not my favorite thing to knit as far as the actual physical knitting of it, but it did come out quite nicely. You have to love noro for their colors, but I just couldn’t imagine spending the time to knit a pair of socks with this yarn only to have the fall apart immediately, so I think this is a much better use. This was the only thing I actually did any knitting on during our honeymoon. I had planned to give it away initially, but with it being the only thing that got any knitting during that amazing trip I just couldn’t do it!
I’m not sure I’ll ever actually wear it, but it is pretty to look at!
So except for one more FO for 2010 (yes, there is one more) that finally brings y’all up to date on the knitting that’s been going on around here. We’ll save the current year’s knitting and spinning for next time.