So, as soon as I got all my STR wound up into balls, I cast on for a Chevron Scarf, couldn’t remember how to kfb (and couldn’t be arsed looking it up), briefly wondered why I was trying to make a scarf in June during a heat wave, and started thinking of other things I could do with my pretty pretty yarn.

 

I have recently discovered the amazing Elizabeth Zimmermann. So I started making a Tomten.

 

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My 10-month-old pseudoniece is coming all the way from South America in August for her first visit to Canada (with her parents, of course…and not a minute past time, it’s been ages since I’ve seen her dad/my very good friend!) She’ll need something to keep her warm when the late summer nights turn chilly. Right?

 

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Right.

 

I also changed my mind about colourway combinations. This sweater is a marriage between Puck’s Mischief and Scottish Highlands. After I’d looked at my four skeins of STR very carefully, I realised that SH was basically just a watered-down version of PM, except with yellow instead of brown. So it really just looks like one gigantic skein of yarn that gets sliiiiiiightly lighter somewhere in the middle. I like it. I especially like that it’s all garter stitch. Actually, I lie; I don’t especially like mindless knitting. It goes very slowly. But I do appreciate the versatility of garter stitch, so on we go.

 

Except this sweater doesn’t need to be done for a couple of months. I have much more pressing sweater needs. So back I go to this one:
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Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure in Woods Heather
Needles: 4.25mm (US 6) bamboo circulars
Pattern: My own, as usual
(Eyelets from the Barbara Walker Treasury vol I)

 

It’s going to be a wrap sweater, kind of like the Airy Wrap-Around Sweater from Fitted Knits, except that I didn’t know there *was* such a thing when I started designing it, aaaaaaaaand I think mine’s going to be better (sorry, Stefanie. Take comfort in your book deal, and the fact that my sweater isn’t even slightly done, so I’m all talk and not much action). But there’s already a problem with this sweater: I…I don’t know where it is. This is just a (shitty, sorry) picture of my swatch. I swear I’ve got about three inches of a hem lying around…somewhere. I won’t include a picture of the hideous mess that is our room at the moment, although it would help you to understand how I’ve lost an entire knitting project. It’s just too graphic for the internet.

 

But when I do find it…there’s going to be some mad throwdown knitting done on it! Just wait and see.

 

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Please don’t mention my paper.

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