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Episode 148: Sweater weather?

Welcome to episode 148! This weekend has been in the 60s and rainy and I’m thinking about SWEATER WEATHER! I’ve got lots of WIPs and a spin to show off. And I’m dreaming of fall sweaters….

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Tea:

  • Adagio, Glow Cloud by Cara McGee

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • On deck: Wooly Wonka Fiber Mixed Merino in Wine Country

 

Rhinebeck Sweater

For years now I have wanted to go to Rhinebeck, or the New York Sheep & Wool festival held in the Rhinebeck Valley in New York in the fall.  Late last year Ana and (sadly blogless) Beth and I decided that 2016 was the year.

In our flurry of preparations, we have each been talking about knitting a sweater for the event for months now. The “Rhinebeck sweater” is a ritual that many festival attendees create each year.  I spent some time trying to decide what kind of sweater I would want to wear at Rhinebeck (I’m hoping the weather cooperates – some years it is hot and others it is snowy!).  Frankly, I wanted it to be a sweater of the “magnum opus” variety. That is, I wanted to knit something spectacular to wear there.  So I perused Ravelry and came up with something I really thought would be a good fit for me. Cables? Check. Tunic length,  meaning excessive yardage? Check. Overall cozy New England feel? Check. Good for use in Kansas winter? Check.  I selected Dallas by Amy Miller.

Dallas by Amy Miller, pattern available via Ravelry (photo: Amy Miller)

Next it was time to ponder yarn choices.  The pattern called for Plucky Primo Worsted which was a little out of my budget. I debated whether I wanted my yarn to be buttery soft, but with potential for pilling (thank you Yarn Harlot for making me realize I was making yarn noises!), or a bit hardier but eliciting a fewer oohs and ahhs.  I also wanted to buy a color I didn’t already have in my wardrobe.  I ended up deciding to use Cascade 220 in a fabulous green shade called Irlande.

Then I set about swatching for my sweater. I don’t always take the time to swatch carefully before knitting (I know… I know…) but I really wanted this sweater to be a success.  As I knit the swatch, however, I found that I wasn’t completely excited about the sweater.  I don’t know whether it was the seed stitch in the cable, or the suggested positive ease of 4-9 inches, but I wasn’t feeling this sweater.

So I had a little heart to heart with myself (and some text messages with a friend).  I went through the pattern search on Ravelry again.  I looked for my cables, and my extra yardage, and my “New England feel but good for Kansas weather” sweater. And I re-swatched. And I’m happier with my second choice – Ardara by Carol Feller.

Ardara by Carol Feller – pattern available via Ravelry (photo: Carol Feller)

So now I wait for the swatches to dry and I contemplate all the possibilities for my Rhinebeck sweater. I guess I’d better get to knitting pretty soon, right?