Yes, it’s true that Kay recently declared Caitlin Hunter’s Birkin the It Sweater of Rhinebeck. (Read Kay’s Declaration of Itness here.) Today, I’m here to declare this pullover the It Sweater of My TV Room.
This beautiful yoke sweater drapes a bower of posies and vines across the shoulders. It’s pretty in multicolors, graphic when only one color is used for the yoke. I’ll bandwagon onto this Birkin It Sweater, no problem.
Picking yarn is a great game in this situation.
I’ve just finished a large piece of knitting that has had me in its thrall for about three weeks (to be revealed soon), a whole lot of natural color. I was feeling the post-finish loss of meaning in life and also a craving for knitting with color again. And then I came upon my pile of Backyard Fiberworks Sock yarn.
In deciding on a Birkin colorway, I counted how many dark blue and gray handknit sweaters I have in my closet. The answer is eight. I was thinking about going with Inkling for this sweater, but that would make Birkin my ninth dark blue or gray handknit sweater.
I beelined for Patio, the aquatic blue that has fascinated me ever since Alice O’Reilly sent us sample skeins. She proposed seven juicy colors. Plus Patio.
Patio is fun. Patio has a better attitude than all those other serious shades. Patio is the friend who’s always game, who sticks a dozen of her chickens’ eggs in your mailbox, who gets you to ditch work to go to a yard sale, who doesn’t care when you have to cancel at the last minute.
Patio is the swimming pool at the Coronado Motel in Fort Walton Beach, back in 1978, when spring break with your sister was kind of lame but filled with adventure anyway.
This Birkin is going to have a one-color yoke, in Backyard Fiberworks Jamberry. Jamberry is a fuschia that occasionally wishes it were pink, but it just can’t get there.
One fine thing about Alice O’Reilly’s yarns is that the color shifts are subtle at first glance, but actually range pretty widely once you start to knit with them. I’m already feeling the What-Will-Happen-Next anticipation. These yarns are not one solid color. They’re a quiet-shifting riot of one color. Which is big fun to knit.
Patio is the antidote to the blue gray blues.