wow! thanks for all your comments on my sweater washing! what fun—i had no idea it would instigate such a discussion. i must admit, i may have been initially offering it up as an excuse for why i never get enough knitting done . . . as in, i got nuthin, see my pretty sweaters
but who cares? i am just excited now that everyone is interested in some sweater action. oh, and i never meant to imply that lace knitting would take a back seat at all—just re-balancing the time i spend on it. at least, that’s what i’m thinking right now. believe me, i’m torn.
but what about that red sweater idea, eh? seems to have set off a little flurry of excitement.
hey, that’s fine with me—i say, let’s have a red sweater throw down! red sweaters all around. the more the merrier. but why red, why now? . . . for me, it’s about gray hair.
my hair is getting grayer as i write this, and i think red will look well on me now in ways it did not a few years back.
i’m thinking about two different red sweaters in fact. one is a turtleneck that i’ve had the yarn for since last winter. the minute malabrigo entered the shop, i had dibs on this red, and i knew i wanted a turtleneck because it is so soft.
i think it might have to have some soft cables and chunky ribbing. cozy, eh?
but i REALLY want a little red cardigan even more. i could use this briar rose yarn which i bought to make a shawl (oh, and WHAT a shawl—wait til you see it!).
but i could find something else for the shawl, something finer—after all, this IS the exact color i was thinking for my red cardi.
OR i could shop for some red wool at morehouse merino while i’m in rhinebeck. i love the sweaters i’ve made with their yarn and they wear like iron (yes, i am slowly talking myself into this choice. we’re going there anyway—i might as well do damage with something i’m actually searching for . . .). OR, i could buy their merino laceweight for the shawl, thus freeing up that BR red for the sweater.
decisions, decisions . . .
so i’m mulling over the red yarn choices for a few days while i finish up my two priority projects. the petite casino shawl i started over the weekend is well on its way.
i am trying, in a fit of complete madness, i admit, to get it done for rhinebeck, just because chris asked me if i could. briar rose will have a booth there, so keep your eyes peeled for a sweet lady with gorgeous yarn, who might or might not be borrowing my shawl! i think she is going to be outside.
i love the tencel/wool blend; it has the feeling of silk, and the sheen, but it not as catchy to the needle tips as silk can be—actually it behaves VERY nicely on the needles all around. it does not slip off easily or split, yet it slides along the wood nicely. it’s definitely not as fine a fiber as silk, but it is quite drapey and liquid and is a good choice for this shawl. since it is heavier than the cahmere i used originally, i am making the petite size shawl, and removing 1 extra pattern repeat.
now i know you’re dying to see a manLace update and i won’t keep you waiting any longer. switching the design for this particular yarn was the best choice i made so far in this project. just take a look at how hunky and studly it is—and lacy. it has a boot planted solidly in each camp.
i’m hoping like crazy to get this done before rhinebeck too (mad, i tell you—simply mad!). that way i can leave a little bit of me behind when i go away. (that, and homemade freezer meals ought to do it for the 6 days i’ll be gone . . .).
i am lovin’ this baby, boy oh boy! it is whipping up a real treat now. it is ten times softer and more drapey in this stitch. it is lighter and more fun to knit, too. all hallmarks of a great project.