It might be Spring already(and surprisingly, even the weather seems to confirm it these days!), but I have a lot of beautiful wool yarn in my stash and many sweaters lined up in my knitting queue. Sweaters and shawls. I need to refresh my wardrobe when it comes to sweaters anyways, and I guess if I do it now, it means I’ll be prepared when it gets colder again in the Fall, right?
For my first sweater project, I chose the gorgeous Knit By Numbers DK from John Arbon Textiles. It’s 100% merino wool and it’s absolutely divine, seriously. Very soft and smooth, it knits up super fast and it’s one of those yarns with which I find keeping my tension even really easy (which is not always the case for me). See the photo above? I made it in 1 day and it wasn’t even too much work, it just knits up so quickly and the wonderful texture makes me want to keep knitting. It’s addictive! I read some Ravelry reviews that it pills, but I found it is the case with most merino yarns so I don’t mind, as long as I can shave it off and it stops pilling after the initial period. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how it behaves then 🙂
This yarn is available in many shades, hence the name – there are so many options for each colour, from very light to intense, saturated shades, that they are numbered instead of being given some fancy names. Just look at this palette! The colours I chose are 63 and 12, light grey and a very sugary pink. Pink is in general not my colour – I very rarely wear it, and when I do, it’s definitely not this shade of pink, so this is going to be quite a change in my wardrobe. It doesn’t look exactly like on the photo above, more like here (you can see that it’s slightly more muted and the grey is in fact approaching very light beige):
The pattern I chose is an obligatory Drops pattern, because tradition 🙂 And because I wanted to knit a very casual, relaxed pullover, not overly close fitting, and this pattern is exactly that. There is no shaping, only raglan increases and straight up knitting in stockinette stitch, which I know is boring for some knitters, but I really enjoy it. And I must add, it’s my second project on the new needles, and I really can’t praise them enough.
So this is what I’m going to work on in the next few days (I know I’ll slow down once I get to the sleeves though). As I mentioned, spring is here for good, and we’re all enjoying it to the fullest. I even have my first springtime hike planned! The cats seem to be content with life as well.
And speaking of the cats, Ciri’s photo reminds me of a fun cat fact for today: tail hypermobility. Have you ever heard of that? probably not, unless you had or knew a cat with hypermobile tail (this is not too common and I don’t even have any good links to add here). That means she is able to curl her tail up and it can rest flat on her back, along the spine, so that the tip touches the her head. On this photo it’s not exactly flat (I have yet to capture it with my camera!) but you can get the general idea. Ciri’s tail is thicker than in most cats, and it has very strong muscles at the base too, which (I assume), allows it to be so mobile.
And with that random piece of cat trivia, it’s time to end this post 🙂 Happy knitting everyone!