My Stavanger Jumper is still work in progress. From the multi-coloured yoke, to plain beige body and sleeves, I keep knitting, unraveling and starting again. I actually lost count on how many time I had to do it!
The project on the photo above (forgive the strange colours, it was taken in the evening in artificial light) had to be undone up to the yoke because it turned out too short and just strangely shaped in general. And I kept trying it on while knitting, but everything seemed fine until casting off. Ugh.
There is something about pure alpaca yarn that makes my stitches look awful. The Buttonside Jumper is the best example – no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t achieve even, neat looking stitches. It’s the same with this pullover, I thought that the yoke was the hardest part, but even now, knitting in plain stockinette stitch, I can’t make my stitches look well. The thing that comforts me is that in case of the Buttonside Jumper blocking helped so much and after a few washes (I wear it a lot!) it looks really well and neat. So who knows, maybe that’s just how alpaca behaves in knitting? Or it’s something about my way of holding yarn that causes it? Whatever the reason, I just hope that it will look better once I wash and block it – especially in the ribbing, which looks just terrible right now, but I simply cannot bring myself to unravel and redo it again.
Some good things though: see my wonderful new Knit Picks double pointed needles? They arrived to me yesterday and they are just the best, I wish I’d bought them earlier!
I have another Knit Picks set of DPNs, but they are made of steel and working with them can be tricky if the yarn is slippery. The new set is made of laminated wood and they are just what I needed – not too slippery but much smoother and more sturdy than bamboo ones. Because I don’t have to worry about yarn sliding off the needles all the time, knitting sleeves is much less annoying than usually 🙂
Another yarny delivery from this month is my Irish Fairytale Yarns order. I bought a few different colours of merino and merino with silk (all fingering weight!) and the owners of the shop were so kind that they added a skein of sparkly sock yarn as an apology for unusual delay. I also ordered another skein of their sock yarn, profits from which go to a cat rescue charity. The colourway is called Ginny after the cat adopted from the supported rescue, because it’s dyed with the colours of her fur. I seriously couldn’t resist it: yarn and cats charity in one, can it get any better than this?
So this is the current state of yarny affairs at my home. Second part of the Arizona CAL should be published tomorrow, which will give me a break from uneven stitches frustration. I really can’t wait for it!