Last spring, just in time for warm weather, I finished a very warm winter sweater I dubbed my Cushy/Cozy Sweater. I then had to wait four months (short summers, long winters) for it to get cold enough to wear it. Now, this may seem a bit bass-works but it turned out to be a brilliant way for me to not dread winter quite so much. So this spring I’m on a hand-warmer knitting roll.
A pair to wear with my cushy/cozy sweater next winter! It’s the same lovely yarn; Araunania Azapa 30% alpaca, 45% merino, 15% silk, and 10% donegal.
At about 12-1/2 stitches over 4 inches, a very quick knit!
It seems I go for long periods without accomplishing much and then – boom! I finish several things in quick succession. That must apply to Blogging as well, three posts in one week – whoa!
Here are a pair of cabled hand warmers I knit for my DD. She needed something to keep her hands warm while she types (she is a writer and types a lot) and they had to be fine enough to not impede her speed. She can get those fingers flying even on that old antique she loves so much!
These were also a dream to knit on because the yarn is cashmere and silk; Richesse et Soie by Knit One, Crochet Too (which does not appear to be available anymore – oh, waily, waily, waily*)! Yes, she is spoiled. I am allowed to spoil her; my only kid, as she is a good one.
She is also moving 2500 miles away next week so I’m being a bit on the doting side at the moment.
It’s a “Mom” thing, I’m allowed 😉
* Just for you Terry Pratchett fans (I’m a huge one) who have read the Wee Free Men books.
I confess I cannot follow directions. I always think I have a better idea. I placed a cable down the outside of the sleeves (plain sleeves on a cabled sweater? Come on!) and I added the picot edge (they had on the hem and sleeves) to the neckline as well.
My version has narrower cables, a bit of stockinette stitch in between the purl rows defining the cable to reduce the vast amounts of reverse stockinette which is not my favorite thing to look at.
I also did the cable patterning on the back as well as the front (my absolute pet peeve is a plain back with a patterned front)! I think the finished sweater is worth the re-knitting.
I am very pleased with the results and how well it fits – it’s shaped and that makes such a difference. I’m wearing it here with a skirt but it looks even better with my jeans as it is a longer, almost tunic length.
All done just in time for warm weather, oh well!
And yes, I cut off all my hair – I’m still a bit in shock and getting used to it. My neck feels a little exposed, like the Ax Man is looking at me speculatively.