My knitting’s been a little listless lately. The hat is so tight that it hurts my wrists if I work on it for very long; the socks are boring the living daylights out of me, and even my spinning is losing its meditative charm. I don’t even have the willpower to start anything new, and I don’t know why. I get in funks like this sometimes, and the only thing to really do about it is let it pass. But it is a little worrying, you know? I like knitting! I think.
This time, though, I know why. This was not a funk; it was a state of meditative preparedness. My knitting was getting stale because I was waiting for this:
Let me explain. My mum and I had the brilliant idea that, when we move to Pittsburgh, we can stay connected through our shared yarny passion and have ourselves a knit-along.
The trouble has been finding the right pattern that fits into the tiny overlap between our tastes in patterns and our interests in techniques, and that is epic enough to keep going for more than a few weeks. We poured through magazines and websites looking for the right project, finding possibilities. But really, when you’re going to invest that much in a project, you need something that grabs you by the throat and makes you have to knit it.
Then one night I had a dream. A dream of me at the beach. And I was wearing a sweater. I couldn’t see the pattern or shape very clearly, but I could tell it was fair isle, and I could see the colors – naturals on a turquoise and blue background.
The next morning, mom called me and said, “I found the sweater!!”
Fair Isle cardigan.
Fingering weight yarn.
My yarn is the classic Shetland 2-ply from Jamieson and Smith, the largest and oldest purveyors of genuine Shetland wool. 3 colors – blue, green, & turquoise – for the main background, 8 natural colors for the foreground, and a few more thrown in for good measure on the border. (We both ended up fussing with the pattern a bit so it’s down to “only” 15 colors. No reason to be unnecessarily excessive.) Hopefully mum will tell you all about her project herself.
I put off swatching since there is a decent amount of fair isle in my life right now, but once I got around to it, I couldn’t put it down. Fair isle with constantly changing colors, even if you only use two at a time, is about ten times more entertaining than just two-color fair isle.
When I do the real thing, I will cut off the yarns as i’m done using them in their designated stripes, but for the swatch, they ended up with a rather hilarious umbellical cord to a large pile of wool.
yah. epic for sure.