A week away from home seems like a long time. In preparation for this past week in Nashville running around with you, I packed two projects.
First up, because I just couldn’t stop knitting on it, was my Savage Heart Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. (For those unfamiliar with the pattern, it’s a grown-up lady version of the wee Cockleshell Cardigan that Amy designed for MDK Field Guide No. 6.) I think I was driven by two impulses: the mindless pleasure of easy stockinette in bouncy Cormo Worsted by Elemental Affects, and mad curiosity to see how this unusual construction will work out in terms of fit.
(toes for scale.)
We will know soon. I took advantage of your Class A Blocking Facilities (wool wash, Official Blocking Towels that are at least 20 years old and therefore certifiably lint-free, and vintage Blocking Board they don’t make anymore).
Elliott Tribute Cushion is skeptical.
(Thank you, dear co-bloggette, for duplicate-stitching those two ends where I changed skeins in the middle of the row because I forgot that the reverse stockinette stitch side is the right side.)
All that’s left is the seaming of the sleeves and sides, which I had to put off because for some sad reason the amenities at Stately Shayne Manor do not include Clover Wonder Clips, which are essential to my personal seaming practice.
When I got to the Clover Clip stage on my cardigan, I cast on my second travel project: the Sea Breeze Cowl-Poncho (Cowl Only, in my case), in Spud & Chloë’s worsted weight wool/cotton blend yarn, Sweater, in an indigo-with-a-breath-of-teal shade called Lake.
I cast on for the largest size, and I’m not planning to decrease at the neck to create the funnel-shape garment shown in the schematic. I like my cowls as loops that you can double up when it’s cold or let hang when you want to ventilate. (Very handy on the subway, as you don’t risk losing it, as you would if you untied a scarf.) (Yes, I’ve lost handknit scarves this way. I’m a mess.)
The way that Julia Farwell-Clay designed this pattern, there are 2 Exciting Action Rounds followed by 6 rounds of plain knitting.
I’ve just completed my second set of Exciting Action Rounds, and I don’t mind telling you that they go slowly for me. The criss-cross doodly-doo stitch gets much easier with practice, but so far it has not embedded itself into my muscle memory. I have to concentrate—o the novelty! Round 2, in which you pass 5 long stitches over 5 other long stitches, keeping all stitches in correct (parallel) order, takes me about 45 minutes. By that point, I am very ready for 6 rounds of plain stockinette stitch. But by the time those 6 are finished, I’m strong for another Exciting Action Round.
The effect is worth the manageable amount of doodly-dooing. I love the wavy texture of this fabric, and look forward to getting questions from knitters every time I wear it. “How did you do that?”