Pretty much all I have done for the past two and half weeks is watch the olympics and knit while watching. Ok, well, that’s not ALL I did, but I sure did do quite a lot and I have two finished sweaters to prove it.
Knitting the stranded yoke on the husband’s Skogafjall while watching was challenging, but I made it through and all turned out well. I’m still working on the tension in my stranded knitting. I think during this project, I concluded that I was knitting too loosely, which was making my stitches look quite uneven, especially over the longer floats. So, I tried to tighten up a little, which definitely helped. I hope to make another one of these for myself, so I will get a little more practice with the stranded knitting.
Here it is on the husband just after I had finished it, but before I blocked it. He was very pleased with it, except for the length. For some reason, the pattern calls for the body length to be 18 inches, which is quite long for a sweater! Well, I could fix it by cutting part of it out and grafting it back together, but I probably won’t do that.
I actually finished that sweater a few days before the olympics was over, so I spent the rest of the olympics working on my Carbeth sweater.
This is an amazingly fast knit. It would have been even faster had I made the body as short as the pattern called for. I actually made it 5 inches longer, which brought it to a 13 inch length. I think that 11 or 12 would have been ok, too, but for me, I would not make it much shorter than that.
Pre-blocking, it was quite puckery around the decreases and I was worried about that, I will not lie. However, some things really do block out and I was happy about the way this one did after its bath.
I used about 12 different yarns in the sweater, all but two were leftover from other projects. Somehow, this made me even happier as I was knitting. It felt so efficient and frugal! It also seems to open up a lot of new knitting possibilities when one starts combining yarns. Suddenly, the stash seems to take on a new life. Laceweight could be combined with other yarns to produce a chunky weight to make more Carbeths! When a sweater only calls for 600-800 yards of yarn, this becomes suddenly possible with just those lonely one or two skein bits of yarn that you know you’ve been collecting over the years. Methinks this might not be the last Carbeth I make.
What do you think?