Like any human heart, mine often wants what it can’t have. Or shouldn’t have, anyway. In this case: any more bulky sweaters! Ohhhh the joy of a quickly knit sweater, the profound coziness of pulling one on when the weather is right. It’s soooo goooood. I know I’m supposed to be focusing on lighter, less warm sweaters to bring my closet in line with my climate, but I’m gazing longingly at these —
TOP: ふっくらケーブル模様のセーター by Yokota/Daruma features a simple cable at dramatic scale (Japanese only)
BOTTOM LEFT: Ramsay by Whitney Hayward is fisherman-level cables in light-as-air yarn
BOTTOM RIGHT: Cleburne Cardigan also by Whitney Hayward is a simple cardigan made special with striking colorwork
I mean, it’s not like they’re superbulky …
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Textured yokes
I here you. Just finished a lace weight sweater, and immediately went for a worsted weight for the next project!
May I say I love the kettle even more than the sweater in the first pic ? ;-P
This is making me think of all the gorgeous Alafosslopi patterns out there. But Karen, do not make any of these! I am breaking out in a sweat just thinking of these sweaters in your climate.
We are having an annoying heat wave in the Twin Cities just as I was about to put away my summer clothes and pick up my languishing Hildur. So funny, because ask me in a couple of months and a heat wave will be a very welcome thing indeed…
It is hard to imagine it ever cooling off at this point …
I figure that there are enough cold cold days here, even if that enough is a small number, to justify knitting a couple of hearty sweaters for winter.
And if I only wear them a handful of times a year, they’ll last well into older age. ;)
That’s how I justified the ones I’ve already knitted! Actually, to be more fair to myself, our first winter here was WINTER — like, single-digit temps for long stretches, and really really cold for a couple of months. Solid winter. So I started knitting sweaters for solid winter, and we haven’t had another one quite like that since.
But if I find happy new homes for some of what I’ve knitted, I can replace them, right?
To be fair, blown yarns like Woolfolk Luft aren’t super warm unless you pop an outer layer over them. I think it could work in Tennessee!
I’ve been idly knitting a garter-stitch triangle in Luft for several months, just a row here and a row there, not sure whether I’d eventually make it a big square or a bias rectangle or what. But I seem to have decided to keep it to kerchief size, because it’d make a great constant companion. It is total dream fabric, and I’m eager to see how warm it does feel to me here, even in a small swath like that. But knitting it in summer (inside in the a/c) has been no issue at all, which has not always been true of working with wool (and especially lopi) in summer.