We’ve arrived at another January Friday, and around these parts it is still chilly (though a bit on the rainier side of chilly, and admittedly I would prefer to be on the snowy side), and still very much wool season for me.
I’m pleased to report that my Exeter cardigan is finished and only needs buttons! It’s always the buttons that I forget about in the end – I will mount an expedition this weekend, for buttons for Exeter as well as my in-progress Smoky Lake cardigan, thinking ahead. This sweater took me about 2.5 months of diligent but not exclusive effort, which is just fine with me for a jacket-style cabled cardigan! I am hoping to get some good wear out of it this season, since February and March are apparently going to return us to the deep freeze. Wool, wool, more wool – always the right answer! (I can’t remember the question.)
I also enjoy that this cardigan has pockets in it. I often forget about pockets as an option in sweaters and rarely design sweaters with pockets myself, but I think now I must remind myself of them. It makes a cardigan more functional, or even just gives you a nice little spot to place your hands.
Speaking of jacket-like wool cardigans, I’m also chugging away on Smoky Lake. This really is very satisfying, working on a bulky-weight cabled…well, anything, frankly. I have been very lackadaisical on this knit, and after a few weeks of knitting have a back and 2 fronts and have started on 1 of the sleeves. Can’t wait to have it finished.
Some folks have asked how I like knitting with this kind of rustic wool – both these cardigans are in different Briggs & Little yarns, which is 100% sheepswool. My answer is always – I LOVE IT. I love the sturdiness of it, and the way the lanolin from the wool eventually starts to rub off onto your hands. It isn’t the softest or drapey-est yarn in the world, no, but it is extremely warm, and since it’s a sturdy structural kind of yarn, it lends itself well to cables – which are very structural stitches.
If anybody out there is not enjoying knitting with this wool, send it to me, I will find a good use for it, is what I am saying. It’s my favourite.
Speaking of favourites, I’m also prepping some swatches for a future blog post series and am pulling out some favourite stashed yarns into service. More on that later this winter! It’s a refreshing exercise to go back to simply playing with yarns and auditioning stitches and patterns.
Have a lovely weekend, knitter friends! With some cozy beverages and some knitting time, I hope.