For the past couple of days, ever since I cast on for the new sweater with purelife Rowan, sweater that is all stockinette and nothing but stockinette for skein after skein, my mind of course has been exploring other paths. Stockinette is simple, it uses only one of the two brain cells, and it is very difficult and challenging to stay focused. I am planning on taking a trip next week to visit my two girls in the south and decided to take the train (my soul always drags behind when I am flying, so I like to travel slowly if I have the time, I very much prefer to arrive in one piece, that is body and soul together) and thought that the sweater would be good knitting for the long trip. Now, I am thinking of leaving all the knittings at home, so that by the end of my visit, I am really looking forward to knitting again. I am not sure if this is wise but then again, little break can really work wonders in a relationship and I should know, after all I am married to a sailor. I will make few notes of the twobeautiful patterns (both by Bonne Marie Burns) I would love to knit before summer and bring them along in case I see some suitable and beautiful new yarn. Cotton, hopefully.
I have got enquiries about Rowan's purelife and how do I like the yarn. I like it, knitting with big needles does feel a bit clumsy, as small needles suit my hands better, but it has not been bad. Usually I get sore and achy fingers with cottons, but none of that has happened. This could be because I am aware of the fact and tend to take pauses plus choose the needles according to the fiber, but also because simple stockinette really is gentle to hands, as is garter stitch too. But add to the mix lots of cables or decreases and the knitting with cotton becomes more difficult and tiring for hands. The yarn is interesting to look at and to touch, it is not as unforgiving as cotton usually is, where all the mistakes and uneven stitches are very obvious and special care has to be paid to individual stitches, and this of course due to the texture of the yarn. Also it helps to know that the yarn is spun from recycled fibers and that is has silk in it. The yarn breaks more easily than usually cottons do but this is not a problem, I just happened to try how it breaks. It is a three-ply, adding new yarn ball is not difficult. It really is a nice change to my usual wool knitting.
One thing has bothered me a bit and that is that the outcome is thick, as it would be when knitting with worsted, and since this is not wool, it does not have the air pockets that make wool feel lighter, so the outcome is sort of heavy. And I am a bit worried how this will behave when in action, whether this is stiff or will this drape nicely and even out the wrinkles when it is used. Of course by careful consideration before and knitting big swatches and handling them for a few days, would have told me a lot, and I could have planned out the design based on that knowledge but I just made my swatch, compared it to the ball band information, and was quite happy with the outcome, and cast on the stitches for a sweater.
I am not sure how I will shape the sleeves or the yoke yet and that adds both interest and anxiety to the knitting; there seems to be so many possibilities - both right and wrong - ahead. I have only two skeins of lilac and have already used a lot of it for the folded hem so I will need to think up a nice way to add some more of it to the sweater. I am not too worried yet, there are still few skeins to go through before that.
From the last post a couple of answers. The Istex Einband was bought in Iceland some years ago. I have never tried Temari but have one book on the subject and maybe - hopefully - one day I get around to it. And I received Lovely Blog Award from Gayle - thank you for your kind words.
Okey, I started the blog by saying that I have been exploring other paths, and that is that I have been drawing a bit again. Feels rather awkward after such a long time, but since I don't have photos to show you, here's the drawing.