Having a fine time over here. This is the most addicting thing I’ve done in a long time other than Season 3 of Bloodline which is pretty addicting if you’re the sort who likes a family gone bad.
Yarn: Lichen and Lace Worsted Superwash, shade Pressed Flowers. (We’re expecting a new batch of this yarn next week. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s back, in all its unpredictable glorious color.)
Here’s the result of four skeins knit straight from the ball, no alternating two rows, none of that fussypants blending-the-skeins business.
This is what happens when you knit hand-dyed yarn start to finish, then add in a new skein when a skein runs out.
Maybe you think this looks like it doesn’t really match. Maybe you’re right.
The decision about what color to use for the contrasting sleeves was actually pretty easy. I dove into the Plucky Knitter stash and came up with Bello Worsted, in some color I forgot to write down but it’s GOLDEN. MUSTARD. It pulls from the shiny sunset golden glow of the front part of the sweater (on the left).
The sleeve cap needed a new skein of yarn. As you can tell.
This Easel Sweater pattern is now something I’ve pretty much memorized, it’s that simple. Set-in sleeves, a boxy shape, worsted yarn. If you’ve never made a garment using hand-dyed yarn like this, all I can say is that there is a massive amount of fun to be had just watching the colors unfold. Because it knits on a size 7 needle, you can make this sweater in a couple of weeks if you have the wind at your back, a few nights of uninterrupted time, and a yarn that keeps you mesmerized the whole way.
The sewing up will be the final chapter of A Wild Yarn. This project has made me love knitting all over again: the simplicity of the pattern, the colors of this yarn, the idea that randomness can have a rhythm all its own. Unpredictability is fun, I discovered.