15 minute midnight blog!
OK, so you know how I like to make multiples. I can never figure out whether this urge comes from a place of deep artistic searching or plain simplemindedness. When I like a pattern, I like to get to know it. Intimately. So here’s Lopapeysa Number 3 being welcomed to the Lopapeysa Clubhouse.
Here you can see the yoke pattern better, and get a sense of the haze that Lopi takes on after a wash.
The pattern is Verur. Like Riddari, it’s by VÃ©dis JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir., and it appears in her book, Knitting With Icelandic Wool.
I’m not even kidding when I say these sweaters are the new Honey Cowl. Once you’ve knit a couple, you understand how simply they’re made, how elegantly they come together. And even in the “light” Lopi (Lett Lopi), the stitches are big and the stockinette tubes of the body and sleeve go fast. And then, by knitting magic or Icelandic elvishness or something, the yoke actually seems to go faster. You don’t have to look at the chart all the time, because the rounds nest into each other in a way that makes sense to the nonverbal part of the knitterly brain. Like looking at sheet music and realizing oh hey–this is Smoke on the Water! I used to play that all the time in high school! And off you go. (Hey. I cannot be held accountable for my after-midnight analogizing.)
I love our commenters because I totally didn’t know that VINCE GILL WAS IN PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE. Is that true or is it just something so wonderful that it should be true? (Wikipedia says it’s true!) OK, back to knitting.
You probably saw it on Twitter: I’ve cast on Whitby. Whitby is going to go slowly because I only work on it at night, and it’s a much inkier shade of indigo than these pictures show. But I’m loving it. I made the ribbing longer because I’m tunic-afying this pullover and giving it a shirt-tail hem.
Oh, it’s gonna be a long ride.
A couple more Icelandics before I go, as long as I had them all out.
So these are Carrie’s and Maggie’s. The new one is for niece Kristin, and that finishes up the souvenir sweaters for the younger generation females who were on our June 2012 trip to Iceland. That leaves the boys, two of whom, at 16 and 14, are still growing and have XLT DNA, so I’m holding off a while. That means my next cast-on will be for 25 year old nephew-in-law Justin. I’m going crazy and switching designers for this one. I’m making him Jon. Go ahead, check it on Ravelry. It’s a cool one.
I do realize that’s 6 sweaters. I made a lot more than 6 Honey Cowls. Will pause to gather strength as needed.
Good night/good morning all!