I’m pleased to report that the two purple sweaters are now both done, and ready for their first winter’s wear. My Portiere is just lovely, but hasn’t yet gotten out for proper photos yet on account of I’m feeling indecisive about the collar and whether I need to unpick it out and re-do it. You know, as one does. Anyway it’s going to be a nice pullover to, well, pull on over jeans.
My Joist pullover is finished and completely ready for the -10C days, which, naturally, have entirely left the calendar after the chilliest November in a while, but darn it all I’m ready and waiting when they are. It has the unfortunate quality of looking odd and shapeless on the dressform (try as they might, dressform shoulders just never quite look like my own human shoulders), but on my person it fits perfectly. And thank goodness, too, because this sweater was my Christmas cast-on last year and my whole goal was to finish it before Christmas this year so that it didn’t do a 2nd lap around the calendar. So to have it finished before a 2nd Christmas AND to have it fit me is, well, the best bonus points ever. (I know some people would reverse the order of significance of those two things. It’s my weird knitter logic, just go with it).
In between final Christmas shopping errands last week I managed to do a quick photo-taking meetup with fellow knitter pal Jane also with Finished Objects in need of photographing, and believe it or not there are non-crowded parts of the upper levels of the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto that work out perfectly for this. And, possibly, one of the few opportunities to casually appear as though your finished sweater photos are part of a nice glitzy catalogue background.
This sweater is exactly what you think it is: super cabely, super warm. It is, as fellow knitter pal Julie and I commented to each other last year when I was preparing to knit it, a yarn-eating bastard. It is also not at all the kind of sweater you want to knit yourself if you want to look slimmer, due to aforementioned cables and yardage. (Let’s just get those truths out of the way right now. If those are things that you want in a sweater, you need to be up front with yourself about those decisions when you choose sweater pattern to knit for yourself.) The cables are fantastic and that’s mostly what I cared about.
I’m quite pleased with how this came out. It’s a well written pattern with a lot going on (nicely done, Andrea Rangel), and the cable pattern is an 8-row repeat that becomes easier to remember the more you knit it. It is also so, so warm. As soon as you put this on, you immediately forget what “cold” could possibly feel like. It is a warm wooly furnace of a sweater. And the thing is, the all-over cable motif has enough of a vertical emphasis to it that there is more structure than you might think at first glance.
I knitted this in Cascade 220 Heathers, which is one of my favourite wools and I had a bunch of it stashed to start. If I were to knit it again (hey, you never know), I’d probably choose Briggs & Little Regal (what I knitted my Portiere in, above), or similar airy sheepswool if substituting for the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that the pattern calls for. You can’t beat 100% sheepswool for being nice and airy and sturdy at the same time, and more processed wools (even if they’re 100% wool) have a little more weight per yardage. Multiply that by 9 skeins for an all-over cabled pullover and that’s a lot of wool.
All in all though, I’m pleased with the results and now that I’ve finished both of these sweaters it’s sort of odd not having a big project on the go. Thankfully I don’t think that will be a problem for too long.
In any case, it’s holiday prep mode around these parts, and cooking and baking are chewing up more time than knitting time in the day – and no doubt a similar story for many of you! I hope you get lots of great time for all of the above this week, and can treat yourself to a fun new project to cast on just for you.
Happy holidays and happy knitting!