Three for the Road
2018 has started off well for me in the sweater finishing department. I was able to finish three sweaters that I had started last year. Unfortunately, some of my productivity was due to being sick for a lot of the month of January and many hours sitting by a pool, but regardless of how I got there, I am thrilled to be done with these.
Nor’easter by Thea Colman is a great all purpose cardigan. I used West Yorkshire Spinners’ Jacob DK and it created a nice fabric. Aside from the strange patch that I mentioned in my last post, the yarn was lovely to work with. I know I said I was going to fix that patch on the arm, but once I started wearing it, I found that I didn’t even really notice it was there. So, I’m just going to leave it alone. The only further modification I might make is to add pockets to the front since it looks a little plain right now.
The back, however is great. I love that cable on the back.
I also finally got my Boreal sweater blocked. As I expected, the Berroco Ultra Alpaca that I used grew a little when I blocked it, but the yarn is super soft and warm. I kind of like it a little long, actually. The neck feels a little bit better as well and most of the puckering has flattened out. The colorwork on this pattern is a little more challenging than usual because some of the floats are very long, so I had to pay attention and catch them when they were spanning more than 5 stitches. This can wreak havoc on the tension, but I think it blocked out mostly ok. There are still a couple of puckery areas.
Last across the finish line is my Strokkur sweater. This is my first sweater using Istex Lettlopi, but I don’t think it will be my last. The yarn is a bit hairy and scratchy, but incredibly light and warm and very affordable. I can see why Icelandic folk like to use it. The fit on this sweater is particularly nice since it incorporates some short rows to lower the neck line and lengthen the back. I always find it annoying when a sweater rides up on my neck in the front and pulls up in the back.
You might think that I would be tired of sweater knitting after all this, but no. I’ve got plans for more. Last night I spent some time swatching.
And last weekend, I didn’t bother to swatch before I started a new sweater. I was sick again last weekend (just a cold, nothing major) and in need of some cheering up, so I grabbed some old stash of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn and started this happy stripey cardigan. The pattern is Mon Petit Gilet Raye and it’s free on Ravelry.
I think February is looking good.