You may be asking yourselves “Didn’t she used to knit?” Well, I do still knit, though obviously not as much lately. But here’s the thing… I have 90 bajillion sweaters, and I’ve wanted to really focus the last few months on amping up my sewing skills, with the aim of making most of my wardrobe handmade, both sweaters and clothes (at some point in the distant future!) And I am probably more of a product crafter than a process crafter – I enjoy knitting and sewing or I wouldn’t do them, but I am more focused on the end result than the process. So knitting has fallen by the wayside. I knew that when the time was right I would want to start a new sweater – no way could I give up something that has been such a great part of my life! Lately, I’ve been missing it, especially after the beetle debacle, but it’s taken til now to get everything out of cold storage and sorted away.
I wanted to start a little cardigan to go with all the great sundresses I’ve been making, so during the Project Runway finale (so happy with the outcome of this season!) I cast on:
This is Dawn, from Kim Hargreaves’ Breeze book. I am creating a smaller size, since I think the XS would be big on me, and the stitch pattern is stretchy. I actually bought the yarn for this (Rowan handknit cotton) when I got the book, but I’ve only just now gotten around to it. I originally thought it would be great with my current dress project, but that’s what I get for knitting at night… this yarn is clearly ivory and not white. But that’s ok – it will go with everything that isn’t white, and I look better in ivory than in white.
I love this book… I’ve made several of the sweaters, and still have more planned! I’m planning to get Kim’s new book soon. I skipped her last winter one, because I was a little burned out on patterns (what?) but I’m over that now. I’ll probably get that one as well – because in spite of the expense of these books, I use the heck out of them. The styles are classic and do not date. Look at these beautiful sweaters!
Lovely! I am resolved to knit with more cotton – I find that I wear my cotton sweaters more, as they don’t overheat me… and are unattractive to bugs (yes, I am scarred.) Let’s face it, I don’t exactly live in the arctic circle, and I have a few sweaters (Vaila is one) that are almost always too warm. And since I’m sewing as well, and splitting my time, I don’t hurt my wrists on the cotton. I am actually amazed that I have managed to knit as much as I do and be a pianist without developing carpal tunel… though if I had to guess I would say that I don’t carry much tension in my hands or wrists, which may help? I do have tendinitis from long ago, but as long as I don’t go crazy with the knitting (as I sometimes have) it’s ok.
Now we will see how long it takes me to finish this one. The pattern is straightforward, but there are a lot of P2togs, which tend to slow me down. I worry that it might be a bit of a slog, but hopefully it will be worth it!