Knitted Old Business, Part I: Sweaters

Right around the holidays, my sewing mojo went on an extended vacation, taking my blogging mojo with it. Knitting has been proceeding apace, but mostly in the form of smaller projects that, with one notable exception, didn’t really seem to “deserve” a blog post of their own. “Oh, I’ll save that and stick it in with another project,” I would tell myself. Before I knew it, I had a whole pile of these things, not counting the charity projects, and no “worthy” projects to include them with.  The mojos have returned–they sidled sheepishly into my sewing room about a week ago, looking a bit guilty and hung-ver–but before we return to sewing, there is Old Business to be dealt with.

At the Taos Wool Fest two years ago,  I bought a sweater’s-worth of woolen-spun, undyed Cormo fingering weight yarn from ElsaWool.  Cormo is really a wonderful wool, non-irritating and with almost a cotton-like feel, and many people find it easy to wear against the skin. It’s available from this dealer in white and several shades of taupe/greys, made by blending the light and dark fibers, and in weights from fingering to Aran. (A few worsted-spun yarns are also available.) It’s a great choice when one has a craving for a minimally-processed wool yarn.

The pattern is Arabella, by Ann McCauley–a tunic with an irregular garter ridge stripe center panel and side flanges:




It was a pleasant knit, with enough going on to keep the mind alive–an important consideration in oversized, fingering-weight projects, and the directions were well-written. I expect this to be my winter go-to with skinny jeans.

Less successful was this summer top, from a pattern in a Noro magazine.




I mean, it’s OK, and I will probably get a fair amount of wear out of it. I made a few adjustments to the pattern, lengthening the back and omitting holes so my bra didn’t show. (Why do designers always drag out the lace and the holes in spring, just when we don’t want to wear layers? Are they afraid that we will die of heatstroke if they don’t provide adequate ventilation?) The yarn is Cascade Tangier, a blend of cotton, silk, rayon and acrylic that is not so much drapey as floppy, so I also omitted the pocket. In its defense, this sweater does a terrific job of going well with denim, and it’s not its fault that it was a bore to knit.







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