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Winter Pullover in the Springtime

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Happy knitting everyone!

16 thoughts on “Winter Pullover in the Springtime

  1. Great ! I’ve long wanted to knit myself a pullover with the same gray/pink palette, but couldn’t decide which way to go about the colour sequence and this has finally solved my dilemma ! Thanks for the pattern and β™‘ always the cutest β™‘ photos of Ciri & Stella 🐾 xo

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      1. I got some pink yarn as a gift from a distant aunt years ago but knitting it all on it’s own made me feel uncomfortable in a weird way, not my usual choice among bright colours, but a look at your WIP made me want to try it out and it’s a completely different feeling. I may add alternating blue rows in between and see how it turns out.

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      2. I know what you mean, I only bought the pink yarn because of how it looked together with grey. I was considering light mint green or light blue instead, but there was something about that grey-pink combo that made me make an unusual choice πŸ™‚ I’m not the biggest fan of pink, and certainly not on myself. That’s also why I chose to start with grey at the neck because I’m not comfortable with pink too close to my face.

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  2. Pink and grey is a combination that brings back a childhood memory. In the house I lived in from age 6-12, my parents’ room was painted a medium grey, and my mother had rose pink drapes and bedspread. It was an interesting color combination. I like your sweater. I may have to add that pattern to my queue. I like simple sweaters. I might try a charcoal with rose pink combination.

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    1. I started the first sleeve now and it really is a very lazy, relaxed knit, and it seems that the sweater is going to be the same, simple and relaxed, and comfy. So I really recommend the pattern if you like simple sweaters!
      I never really liked pink. I am warming up to it as I get older, but don’t really have pink garments except for 1 hoodie that I wear at home. But something about these 2 colours together just called out to me and I chose them from all the beautiful shades in the yarn store. I’m still surprised that I’m knitting sth with so much pink for myself. Light grey on the other hand is one of my two favourite neutrals together with light beige.

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  3. I love the idea of knitting sweaters ALL YEAR ROUND! This one looks like it will be a wardrobe staple. I’ll be anxious to hear how you like the yarn in the wearing. Fascinating cat tail info!!!

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  4. Another grey and pink combo! I like this combination as well. (I really need to buy some myself – I’d love a sweater in these colors.) The sweater appears to be coming along nicely – you’ll probably finish it before I decide on my next project. πŸ˜‰
    Looks like Ciri and Stella are enjoying themselves, interesting tail-related features or not.

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    1. Yes, somehow grey and pink seem to work together really well. I’m curious to see your sweater in these colours when you knit it!
      Stella and Ciri indeed are enjoying themselves, they are completely spoiled and rule the house. I could never have a large dog as I’d spoil it just the same and then it could be dangerous πŸ˜’

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  5. I continue to be amazed by how quickly (and beautifully!) your projects come together. That looks like a fun knit πŸ™‚

    I didn’t grow up with cats, so there’s so many facts about them that I don’t know…like my husband told me about how they are nocturnal and climb everywhere. I definitely want a cat one day, but that would take some getting used to! I enjoy the fact that Apollo is too tiny to reach anything of importance :p

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    1. Oh yes, they climb everywhere and need to be involved in everything 😁 dogs are easier to control and mostly stay on the floor or coach level πŸ˜‹

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