I have been working on a secret project. It’s really pretty.
It is a project though, that requires that the sleeves are knit onto the body after the body has been completely knit. I hate having a big pile of knitting on my lap, turning the whole thing as I knit the sleeves in the round.
My solution? Sticking the whole thing in a bag. (Oooo I cut it off. It’s a Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue canvas back pack. A PERFECT large knitting project bag, with a big pocket on the outside. )
This way, the mass of knitted fabric is not hanging out on your lap — which may be a good thing in the dead of winter — but not so much as it starts warming up. And, with the fabric more contained, it is a lot easier to turn the bag as the sleeve is knit. 🙂
I have no issues knitting through the summer. (Well, I have a few caveats like no big wooly project sitting on my lap for prolonged period of time even with the AC on). There’s nothing like the first hints of fall to get me excited about sweater knitting, though.
After what seemed like a heat wave that lasted forever, summer seemed to have gone in a flash and we had a relatively temperate end to August here in NYC. Very conducive to sweater knitting. So conducive that I finally finished my June’s Favorite Cardigan, and I test knitted a lovely little sweater, Miranda, which should become a staple in my wardrobe this fall.
First the June’s. Or more like, as it ended up being, “INSPIRED BY” June’s Favorite Cardigan. The last bit of knitting, which took all of an hour or two, has been completed, the ends were woven in and the garment blocked. The sweater is knit out of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Green Mountain Green, a yummy yarn. (So yummy I just ordered another sweater’s worth for a pullover…). My sweater is oversized, the cable band has been doubled which has made the collar around the neck wider, and I can pull the cardigan closed around my body like a big wooly hug if I get cold.
The test knit was for Miranda, for the lovely Josée Paquin. It’s a casual hoodie sweater, with a kangaroo pocket and short sleeves. The architectural cable panel in the front, which integrates into the pocket, is the dressy feature here. The hood is fully functional and fits nicely over the head….and not just another piece of knitted fabric that will keep my neck warm. I anticipate wearing this sweater quite a bit this fall. The bonus is that the yarn, Lorna’s Laces Shepherds’ Worsted in Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret, was a prize for a KAL for sweater out of Cookie A’s Shapes + Forms book!
I definitely am willing sweater season to get here quickly, and have a couple more sweaters on the needles…..Think I have stripes on my brain!?