knitting

Long time coming

Sometimes, I knock out a project in a couple of hours. I pick up my needles and before I’ve realized it, it’s been six hours, I haven’t had anything to eat or drink, I’ve binge watched an entire series on Netflix, and suddenly I have two hats and a shawl sitting beside me on the couch.

This was not one of those projects.

20190505_204802I first cast on this sweater back in December of 2015, according to the Ravelry entry.

The idea was simple: use a custom yarn I’d found on sale to create a sweater for Ash. Sort of in payment for all of the graphics she’s done for me.

The first try went horribly. The second went worse. By the third, I realized I didn’t have enough of the special custom yarn to finish the project, and there was no way to get more.

The sweater went on hold for a while, until I could get a secondary yarn to fill in the gaps. Cue two more attempts before I finally found a method that would work.

I discovered the method that worked for me (a top down raglan) in September of 2018.

Finally, eight months later, I am happy (and relieved) to present this:

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It looks nothing like what I’d first envisioned, but it came out so well. Here’s a close up of the skulls along the border:

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They’re a combination of cable and intarsia/fair isle (what exactly is the cut off between fair isle and intarsia? I’ll have to look it up….).

It fits perfectly, and I finished it just in time for warm weather. Luckily (?) we’re having a little big of a low pressure front at the moment, so there’s been a lot of wind and rain and lower temperatures, so Ash was able to wear it today!

The custom yarn I used is called Dorothy and it came from Yarnia, which combines commercial mill ends to make one-of-a-kind hand knitting yarns. I actually used another cone of their yarn I bought at the same time to make a sweater vest a few years ago.

The black yarn is a sport weight cotton blend from Knitpicks. Nothing super special, but it is very soft.

Of course, Hermes supervised the entire process.

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And even Bast tried to help.

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(he was not actually helpful. Just very, very cute.)


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