Once upon a time, I started a sweater. Or two. As these things go, they both took a back seat to other projects. No particular reason; they aren’t misbehaving, I still like the patterns, I still like how they are shaping up…..slowly…..but no reason to think about the A word (Abandonment) in regard to either of them.
Until a few days ago, when I used yarn from each of them to swatch for something else. WHOA! This needs rethinking.
Sweater #1 is a Sally Melville Faith Jacket. I started it at least two years ago when I was in need of truly mindless knitting. No offense to Sally; this is not a slam to call it mindless. It is what it is. Lots of garter stitch stripes which end up making an incredibly good-looking and flattering jacket. In an attempt to gussy it up just a little, I am combining several different yarns and weights, all in various shades of mostly green. I think I am not quite halfway. One of the yarns I’ve been using is a lovely green/blue blend of Mirasol Hacho. Hold that thought.
Sweater #2 is the Phyllo Yoked Pullover sweater from Norah Gaughan’s Knitting Nature book. I’m using Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in an oddly interesting shade of blue. I have completed the sleeves, and maybe two inches of the body.
As these two sweaters have been languishing for long enough to make me wonder if I’ll ever really finish them, I occasionally give thought to what else I might do with the yarn. Which is why I considered the two as a combination for the East Meets West jacket in the Knit One Below book. This sweater will be a KAL project for my Thursday morning coffee/knit-in group, beginning in several weeks. (Anyone? Care to join us?)
I decided to swatch with the two yarns in the K1b pattern, just to see how they would work together. I did not expect them to be a perfect couple.
But they are. The odd blue of the Silky Wool turns out to be a perfect frame for the variegated colors of the Hacho. I am not sure yet what will become of Sweater #1 and Sweater #2. But I am certain that I will use that yarn to make Sweater #3. I’m so excited by the combination that I plan to start my sweater even before the KAL officially begins. Ssh….don’t tell anyone.
I didn’t like the way the crocheted trim looked on the Peekaboo sweater. I re-did it using a smaller hook, and I am much happier. I enjoyed the crocheting just as much the second time. Note to self: crochet more.
I also paired it with a little sundress from Baby Gap. The dress looks huge with the sweater in this photo, but in real life the proportions look a lot better. I wish I could be at the baby shower when this is opened, but since it’s a California baby it went off in today’s mail.
My Baby Wolf is warped and I am loving how the first napkin is turning out. (Ignore the blue stuff...that's just waste yarn to get the warp even. Think provisional cast-on)
Stay tuned. Seven more to follow shortly. Weaving is fast!
(Hempathy for warp and weft. 12 dent reed)