First of all, thank you to those of you who wrote me comments on my last post. It’s exciting to see that people are actually reading this blog, and even more exciting to see that people may actually make the cardigan! I hope that anyone who does will send me a photo or a link to their version, it would be great to see how many variations could come of this. Tomorrow, I’ll put up the next part of the tutorial, but for now, other projects want some blog love:
Sink or swim? I have been thinking about frogging this. I started the cardigan intending to use up a bunch of Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply that I bought at Purl Soho last summer. The colors are beautiful and unique, but a little acidic, so I had a hard time working out a pattern that could use them without looking too busy or flashy. The result is certainly not busy or flashy. In fact, I would characterize it as moldy and sad. The problem with frogging it though, is that I’m going to wind up with a million tiny little strands of the yarn.
Recently I’ve noticed a few fantastic fair isle sweaters posted on the Sartorialist. These sweaters have a distinctly 1920′s feel, and I’d like to see if I could do that with the yarn I have, in a more feminine way. This sweater is particularly inspirational. I love the punchy palette, but I think what really makes the sweater work is the presence of brown or grey in all the pattern bands, kind of keeping everything in check. If the fair isle idea doesn’t work out, it could just be selbuvotter mittens for everyone this Christmas!
But all is not lost! I have another project going on right now that is pleasing me a good deal:
A few weeks ago, I saw a pair of foxes running across the train tracks near my house and I thought up this. After digging through my stash for an appropriate yarn, I came up with some (what else?) brown and tan alpaca, and began knitting away. Now, I realize the brown and tan make a much more wolfish looking animal, so I’m going to roll with that. Maybe after I work the stash away I’ll buy some orangy alpaca and make a proper fox. But for now, this wolf is doing the trick.