I don’t know where this week went. Life was not throwing me curve balls: I’ll take it!
What I did do was work on my Right Round Cowl. I’m on section 7 of 9(projected), hopefully I will have a FO next week!
I also had two cast-ons. The first was an “Olympic” cast-on. Really, I didn’t know that the Olympics were happening. But my #Fiberuary prompt for the 4th was “Olympic Cast-on”, and I obliged.
I finished the body of mitten 1/4. I’m going to cast-on the 2nd mitten tonight or tomorrow, and do both thumbs in the same knit session. The striping is only semi-regular, I’m using it as a method to make them match! Both of my kids have similarly sized hands, and I’m making all the mittens the same size. They’ll be warmer and slightly more waterproof than acrylic mittens I have made them in the past. Its is a true worsted weight, and I’m knitting the body on size 5/3.75mm needles. The tight gauge is rather tough on my fingers.
Let me tell you about this yarn. It’s Cestari Traditional Collection 100% Wool yarn, a Targhee/Columbia blend. I purchased it from Sea Needles (Delaware) in November of 2021. The sheep are domestic (United States) and yarn is milled in the states too. It is rustic and smells vaguely of clean sheep. It feels like the kind of yarn that will be wearable for all eternity and never pill. It is not “soft”, but not scratchy. A 2-ply worsted weight that screams to be made into outerwear or a traditional fisherman style sweater with lots of cables. I have vague plans for a natural dark gray zip-up vest in this yarn.
Earlier today, I had a brilliant idea for a cardigan. I did a super quick “swatch” to see if I like 9/5.5mm for the neck/trim and a 10.5/6.5mm for the body. I liked the fabric then set off on the garter stitch neckline. I plan on doing a LARGE cable motif on the front, but haven’t picked anything out yet. I will carry down the garter stitch down the fronts of the cardigan, which will close with over sized toggles (no need for button holes!!). I don’t really know exactly what I’m doing yet, but needed to get this onto the needles ASAP. The yarn: Kraemer Yarns’ Olympic Blue100% Merino Wool (a yarn they produced for the official USA Olympic Team sweaters a few years back) held double with Hanalei Hand Dyed Yarn (not currently dying yarn) a sport weight merino/bamboo blend that I purchased in Hanalei, HI. The cables will be large, but not overly detailed, so they don’t get lost. I will begin in earnest on this sweater once my cowl if off the needles and I find the “right” cable(s).