Ready for Winter

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!


Pattern: Portiere, by Fiona Ellis for Twist Collective
Yarn: Briggs & Little Regal, in ‘grape’

Pattern: Joist, by Andrea Rangel for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in purple/grey #9560





  1. Sharon Eshlaman · ·

    Wow, what a beautiful garment! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your knitting is beautiful and congratulations on finishing your projects. I finished one big project but started a shrug and another sweater in last 3 weeks and won’t have them done in time for Christmas. So fun to think about new projects. Merry Christmas to you, enjoy your kntting blog very much. PS-it is 65 degrees today in Northern California, I beg, beg for 30 degree weather so I can wear my sweaters!!! Ha Ha

  3. meezermeowmy · ·

    Well done! Wear them both with pride!

  4. These are both gorgeous! I am super impressed!

  5. Absolutely lovely sweaters. However I like the yarn stash background even better than the cityscape background. Beautiful job on the knitting.

  6. Beautiful work. My favorite is the one you are modeling. I really like the cables and the neckline. Bravo! Talent and persistence!

  7. Your Portier is great, I’d love to make one myself 🙂

  8. I love your description “a yarn eating bastard.” Poetic and hilarious. And very lovely sweaters!

  9. knitterbeader · ·

    Both of your sweaters are beautiful, but I really, really love the cable-loaded Joist pullover. Also love the fact you finished up both of them before Christmas. I was catching up, but today went to my LYS where husband bought me my Christmas present – yarn, of course. So I’m sure I’ll be casting on another project right after Christmas instead of finishing up what I have.

  10. Your sweaters look beautiful. Bravo to you for getting them both finished up. I’m not quite sure I believe you when you say the Eaton Center wasn’t crowded – such a thing simply does not exist, especially this time of the year. (I was there today and it was a madhouse!)

  11. Gorgeous work! 🙂

  12. Meredith MC · ·

    Your joist is amazing. I live in Oregon, and if I knitted a sweater like that I’d get to wear it like once a year. So I will admire and drool and knit something lighter. I’m sure it’ll get cold again where you are. Congrats on the gorgeous FOs

  13. I love the Joist sweater. It’s lovely! What is the yarn that you used?

  14. eatcoastal · ·

    Glenna, gorgeous job on the sweaters. And well done for beating your self imposed deadline!

  15. Beautiful sweaters!!!! Can’t wait to see your 2015 project!

  16. Gorgeous sweaters!

  17. twistedsticks · ·

    That sweater is spectacular and you look spectacular in it! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  18. Thank you for the “purple” inspiration. I’ve been drawn to purple yarns lately. Your sweaters are stunning inspirations.

  19. It looks so cozy! I love cabled sweaters 🙂

  20. 379christy · ·

    Merry Christmas and congratulations on getting these two lovely sweaters done in less than a year. I have two sweaters on needles that will be my projects to finish in January when we still have cold days here in southern Nevada. Do, please, consider ripping out the collar on Portiere and make it with a split in center front. Leave everything else about the collar the same. It will make a delightful style addition.

  21. knittedblissjc · ·

    It looks gorgeous on you!! Love it. You knocked it out of the park.

  22. It looks beautiful! And so warm…I want one 😉

  23. Prairiepoet · ·

    Very beautiful knitting in those sweaters. I especially like the Portiere. Have a lovely, warm holiday. Thanks for writing your blog. I enjoy it.

  24. lyndanewfangledtangle · ·

    Both are absolutely stunning. Lovely pics. Have a wonderful Christmas and happy knitting a new jumper in the New Year!
    (Lyndathompson23 on IG)

  25. The sweater is gorgeous and fits you perfectly. I love that the pattern is an 8 row repeat. That is doable, with patience. Merry Christmas from England.

  26. ginaquilts · ·


  27. Love love LOVE that second sweater! What interesting cables! The neckline suits it perfectly too.

  28. Diane Bleicher · ·

    Are these patterns available on ravelry?

    Sent from my iPhone


  29. Beautiful cable pattern. You must have a lot of patience! I knit baby and young childrens clothes for my online shop and love finding new inspiration. Thank- you!

  30. I’m in awe of your knitting! Just stunning! Lil x

  31. It looks lovely…

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