In between all of the Tour de Fleece spinning, I’m working away at knitting. One of the things I’m most excited about is starting in on a new sweater project. This is Walpole, which is a squishy, floaty, seamless cardigan with open fronts. I think this will be a really wearable sweater for work in the winter, and I’m pretty excited about it.
Usually, a seamless cardigan isn’t my ideal summer knitting project. As things get bigger, it tends to get more unwieldy, and harder to tolerate when it’s hot outside. But it turns out, when one is down with a cold and cuddled up to air conditioning and Netflix, this is the best knitting project ever.
I’m working on the body right now, which is the very best billion-miles-of-stockinette ever. You have to do some very light ribbing at the end of each row, and a decrease row every twenty-something rows, but other than that it’s plain and mindless stitches for miles. I’m getting perilously close to finishing the body of this sweater, which is very exciting.
I’m alternating skeins every two rows for this yarn, because it does have some variegation and it is hand-dyed. I do this every time I work with hand dyed yarn for large projects like sweaters, to break up any pooling that might happen in semisolid yarns. I’m not sure it’s making much of a difference with this sweater, to be honest – the runs of contrast colour are only a few stitches and seem to be pretty random, so there’s not much to ‘pool’ – but I know that it’s the kind of thing one doesn’t notice until the sweater’s done, so I’m sticking with it anyway.