Pensacola should be fully dry after blocking tonight, so I can seam it this evening. I can’t wait to see it all seamed up and on the dress form. The project that pushed me to finish the knitting (because I wouldn’t let myself start something more fun and abandon it) was this:
I’m making the Whispers top by Veera Valimaki. I didn’t happen to have 600 plus yards in any one color of my fingering weight yarn, but I did have this lovely Terra Cotta gradient kit from Black Trillium, which has 635 yards total. I won’t be able to make my stripes an even width, due to shaping in the sweater, but I think I will like the overall effect.
This kit is a nice color shock to the system. I’m starting with the darkest yarn and moving to the lightest. I’m also making the 32″ size. This sweater has a lot of positive ease happening. Doing the math on this size, there are about 34.5 inches at the waist and 6″ ease at the bust for the pleats. That should still be plenty flattering, and having a little more wiggle room on the yarn means I’ll get away with possibly adding some extra length if I want.
I’m so excited for springtime knits! I’ve loved making a bunch of cold-weather sweaters this season, but I’m ready for something refreshing. Matt is a little sad that he won’t see a new sweater until next fall, but I just couldn’t bring myself to knit a huge Aran weight grey thing right now. On another fun note, Angela and I are going to do a little KAL with an incredibly adorable skirt starting mid-March. Basically, Angela has impeccable style and she said on her blog that she was going to knit it, and I said that I needed to do that too. Anyone that feels like making a skirt mid-March, please join us! There will be no incentives, aside from some mutual skirt admiration and the implicit rewards that come from making these knit stitches over and over. The designer, Allyson Dkyhuizen, happens to have the skirt half off this week, so if you want to knit it, it’s a good time to get the pattern!