I love these early Sunday mornings when I have my cup of coffee next to me (flavoured Winter Chocolate or something like it), and the whole day ahead. Now is the time of the day when the day is about to break, the world is still blue, but not this dark and rich blue but pale and light and promising.
The transit from a Merry Sheep’s Reel into a new project has been painful. I have tried two kinds of mittens, at least one scarf and one shawl, two sweaters… all gone to frog pond. During this hardship I cleaned my stash and there are some good old yarns there that need to be knit now.
This is one of them, yes, it is variegated, it is not the type I would get today, but the wool is good and sturdy. Also it is a bit thicker than I like but then on the other hand, I would love to have it used up. I don’t have a clue of the brand or the color way, it is all caked up beautifully without any bands. The color is perfect for this time. It is mainly blue with a bit of brown and green (like the forest around wrapped in blue) with few red spots to remind me of the coming season. I really turned my stash all upside down and this is what spoke to me. Although, I am little worried how this will look when knit up and I just might end up dyeing it later on.
I am sort of tired of long knit only rows and my own tricks so I started to look around the web and magazines to see something different and to learn something new. The winter issue of Twist Collective is packed with beautiful things and finally I was able to choose one, Kingscot by Norah Gaughan. Her designs are innovative and interesting and I am prepared to learn something new and to look at knitting from a different angle.
First I thought that I would knit the cardigan exactly as written. I truly was set to do that. Then I read the pattern through and came to the final chapters about finishing. I love hand sewing but when I started to picture myself weaving in this bulky yarn I started to hesitate – how could I get all these thick ends woven in neatly? So I decided to knit the sleeves without seams and adjusted the instructions accordingly. I also took out few stitches from the cuff to make it a bit narrower. Then I read again through the instructions of the fronts and backs and front bands and I am moving towards knitting this in one piece. So I have been gathering all the bits and pieces of information for doing everything simultaneously and right now it feels like a challenge. It might not work but I am eager to try.
There was a video clip of tubular cast on by Eunny in Knitting Daily and I decided to try it on this cardigan. I used a bit bigger needles for the waste yarn and the first few rows of the main color and then when picking the stitches, I switched to the needle size I planned to knit the rest. This gave a little looser cast on – my first attempt was too tight. (This is very much like I do the tucks, only I knit the picked stitch together with the one on the needle.)
I have barely started. I did make preparations for the sleeves first to have something mindless knitting when that is needed and now I will cast on for the body, which will need to be knit in the privacy of my own room with all the charts laid out in front of me. Wish me luck!
And I wish you blue calm mornings!