Sunday, March 15, 2015


Our snow is all gone; crocuses, daffodils, and tulips are starting to make an appearance; and I'm ready to break out my brand new cowl.

Something seems a bit off here. Not the cowl - it's lovely - but this year in particular I'm having trouble keeping my knitting in sync with the seasons.

In my defense, it was bitterly cold in January when I started this one. My second Scrollwork feels wonderful. I used 1.25 (ish) skeins of Malabrigo Rios so I have plenty left in the stash to work the matching hat and whip up some coordinating mitts. I used the same needles as last time: size 4 for the top ribbing and 7 for the main part of the cowl. I had been planning to work up the hat right away but, given the weather, I'll put that one on the back burner for a while.

Instead, I'm going to start a new sweater. Because March is the perfect time to start a fingering weight stranded color work sweater? Because.

Rachel and I have been throwing around ideas for a Wool People KAL for a few weeks now and we've both settled on yoked designs in BrooklynTweed yarn. I've had the Stasis Pullover on my mental list for a while and I already had the main color in my stash. Let's just say Rachel didn't need to twist my arm before I went ahead and ordered the contrast color. Does it count as a new yarn purchase if it helps you use 5 skeins from the stash?

If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm actually about to start two sweaters. I've wanted to make Gable since it first came out and I found the perfect sweatshirt-sweater yarn: Quince & Co. chickadee heather.

Now I just need to finish up Tadpole's (belated) birthday sweater. Two fingering weight sweaters in March may be questionable ambitious. Three is a bit much, even in my book

 Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some sleeves to finish.


Jodi said...

Hooray, spring! What a delightful weekend here in Chicago. I saw snowdrops blooming yesterday.

Love your new cowl -- gorgeous colors, and lots of nice texture.

That Stasis pullover will be beautiful -- once again, those colors.

Brendaknits said...

I'm two hours north of Toronto and there are sure no crocuses here.

Rachel said...

I was going to send you a picture of my yarn all neatly skeined up and ready to go...but now I feel like it's too much pressure! ;) So maybe I'll just post it instead today because I'm determined to get a post up. Though, you do understand that there is no way I'll knit even a worsted weight sweater in a month so remember that ours is a NO PRESSURE type of KAL!! What this means to me, by the way, is that it would be nice to have it done by next winter. ;) (okay, secretly I'm hoping for something quicker but I am realistic -- field season is damn near upon me).

Your cowl looks wonderful and I'm still pretty taken with that color of yarn.

Stephanie said...

Cowl looks wonderful and like a great size to wear under a coat. I just purchased a skein of Vaa on Rios to make a hat for a grad student who will be leaving our work group in May.

We still have traces of snow on the ground (plus the big plowed piles) and very little green tips peeking out of the ground. My current WIPs are out of season as well, as they are an aran weight cowl and hat, both knit in Malabrigo Twist.

Looking forward to seeing Tadpole's finished sweater and your other 2 OTN! (sjn821 on Rav)