I had the weirdest dream last night. I was soaking my CPH to wash and reblock it. Only I was soaking it in bleach! (Bleach dissolves wool, in case you didn’t know.) In the dream, I used bleach on purpose so that I would ruin the CPH and have to knit something new.
I did recently wash and reblock my sweater since it had gotten coffee spilled on it, but I used regular wool wash and water (I double-checked!) I love that sweater and I don’t want to ruin it. But maybe… maybe I want to knit myself something new. Something cardigan-like, something easy and quick to knit, maybe with some drape…
But then I look over at my “Project Progress” sidebar. There’s a lot of stuff over there. And that’s not even a full list- I don’t want to lose your respect! Even if I ignore all the projects on needles smaller than size 4 (3.50 mm), I still shouldn’t be thinking about a sweater for myself. I started a sweater for Lowell in November and it’s still sitting at about 14” long!
Shown here being worn by the famous model, Spare Pillow. I don’t think Lowell is interested in a short woolen tube top, so I really should get moving on that and add sleeves and maybe even some shoulders. Of course, it’s getting warmer now (at least, it’s supposed to be getting warmer; there’s some hail that was left off the memo) and maybe he won’t notice if I don’t finish the sweater until next November? I could tell him that it’s sitting in the dresser- with sleeves and everything!- and he’d never know until it got cold enough again to go looking for a wool sweater.
I pulled the Lowell-sweater bag out of the hall closet where it had been hibernating and put it next to me on the couch, with the hope that this would remind me to work on it. Or maybe that my powerful knitting brainwaves would would work on it while I worked on something else. I have to quickly reknit a pair of socks for the Sanguine Gryphon to sell (the pattern, not the socks themselves). You have not seen these socks yet, but you will. I think you’ll like them. Even if I wanted to work on something new or Lowell’s sweater, I can’t work on anything else until I finish these socks. Good news: I’m on the heel of the first sock. Bad news: I’m only on the heel of the first sock.
But a little search of Ravelry for cardigans couldn’t take up too much time, right?
Yeah, that was a bad idea.
I narrowed it down to the February Lady Sweater, Mehndi from the latest Twist Collective, and Decimal from Knitty Spring 09. I decided on the February Lady Sweater. I’m not sure why, since I have seen this sweater many times and it never sparked any sort of reaction before. But this time I kept coming back to it. I like the 3/4 sleeves and the three buttons just on the top and the raglan shoulders. Lace always makes me think a project will go quickly. I think it’s because of all the little holes- it seems like there’s less knitting involved to make lace than stockinette. Obviously, this idea is wrong, so you can stop writing your hate mail right now. It’s just a gut reaction. I promise you, I rue the reaction while I struggle to make all the ssks and yos line up correctly and then realize I have three stitches leftover at the end of the row. Yet I always think that lace will go quickly.
The pattern is simple and straightforward. It’s an adaptation of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles. Garter stitch and a simple 4-row lace pattern, no waist shaping, no sewing. I was hooked. And then I remembered that I’m going to my sister’s undergrad graduation in late May. I thought, maybe I could finish this sweater in some luscious yarn like Dream in Color Classy and pair it with a dark shirt and nice skirt and bam!- I have an outfit without having to shop! I hate shopping for “nice” clothes so much that I would rather spend the day scrubbing hard water stains from the toilet bowl. Which I did last week.
So making myself an outfit seemed so much more pleasant. Then reality sunk in and reminded me that it’s already in the 70s in Virginia and it’s only April. Temperatures will be well into the 80s or even 90s by May 22. No way I’m wearing a wool sweater, even if it’s lacy, in Virginia in May.
Thus started the Great Summer Yarn Search of 2010 (for a Cardigan that I’m Not Even Going to Make Because I Haven’t Finished Lowell’s Sweater and even if I Did I Wouldn’t Be Able to Finish It Before I Leave on the 18th of May Because of All the Other Things I Have to Do).
But I’m leaning towards something with Tencel in it. It has such a nice sheen.