So, I haven’t done much interesting knitting. I’m kind of in panic-mode over my up-coming exams (in October) and have attempted to channel this energy into knitting — or at least buying stuff related to knitting. I got a rather spiffy pattern from WEBS: marianas top down sweater, "designed to delight". Sounds good to me. It’s intended for this lovely Rowan yorkshire tweed chunky that’s been sitting around my house:
The yarn was just so flipping expensive that I feel I have to really, really, REALLY want to wear the finished product. I guess I’ve kind of figured by now that nothing will meet these exacting (and mysterious) standards; I should just get it over with and knit something.
Which is exactly what I’m doing with my lovely Rowan handknit cotton:
It started life as a free-form cardigan for my sister, but has morphed into bad penny (by Stephanie Japel, in knitty), quite without my realizing it. The yoke is almost done — just a few more inches to go. The yarn is the thinnest I’ve used for something this large; the gauge is something like 5 sts = 1" using #5 needles. I’m usually all for the instant gratification of chunky yarn and big needles (which does, however, lead to the inevitable: "Oh-my-God-I’ll-never-be-able-to-wear-anything-this-chunky-without-looking-like-an-elephant" hesitation), but I’m liking the smaller needles and finer yarn so far.
I think I might keep it; I had another project in mind for the sister anyway. And what does she need a cardigan for in California?
I’m sticking with this one. It will be completed. Oh yes.