(Photos by Calvin.)
I asked Calvin to take some pictures of my new sweater this weekend. I got these two, along with about ten pictures of his bike, a few of the sky, and twelve self portraits, maybe twenty if I'm being accurate. Oh my funny boy. His efforts are appreciated. Greatly. And perhaps these two photos of this silly little sweater would do just fine. But this sweater! I kinda love it. And so, Papa was called in the next day for another round...
(Ravelry link.) Last spring, at the Squam Art Fair, I gave myself a fifteen minute break away from the Taproot booth. It was there, on a quick and furious spending spree (oh my! one can do some damage in fifteen minutes with effort and the help of friends!), that I found - and fell in love with - this yarn from The Woolen Rabbit. I was pondering just a skein or two, having no particular project in mind. But Stephanie promptly talked me into a sweater's worth. I listened to her, and I'm so glad I did. A cowl or a hat or mitts would be lovely...but a sweater? Such a treat. (And perhaps a bad habit to start buying a whole sweater's worth everytime I fall in love with a yarn with no particular pattern in mind yet? Oh!) We guestimated how much yarn a sweater might be (I had no pattern in mind yet), and goodness, friends...I dare say we did well. It got close at the end (as in weighing the remaining yarn to be certain the shortened sleeves would be shortened equally), but I don't love long sleeves on my sweaters anyway (so cumbersome). So all ended just as perfectly as it could be.
The pattern is Nanook, a beautifully put together pattern that was as much a pleasure to knit as the yarn was to hold (which is saying a lot. The Woolen Rabbit yarn is scrumptious). The 'bear track" pattern at the collar just so happens to be the very same pattern I was working on with Adelaide's shrug, so that was fun to have both going on at once.
With this project complete, my needles are feeling a little bare, and my hands a little twitchy. But the holidays are coming...and there are those bundles of fleece in my studio calling to me. I think it's time I set to work on those. There will be more fleece to come in the spring...and much knitting to do before then. Mind you, I'm not complaining about that. Not a bit.