Over the weekend, I finished knitting this cashmere wrap. Worked in a simple 2 row staggered lace pattern, it’s lightweight, yet scrummy. I quite love it. I know, I know, 5 skeins of 12ply cashmere isn’t cheap. It’s not even very practical. But if you’re only going to knit with cashmere once or twice in your life, an oversized wrap/scarf/stole is a really nice way to use it.
The thing I really enjoyed about knitting this was that it allowed my fingers to fly in a way they usually only do when working stockinette. And yet, this is so not stockinette. Off the needles, the wrap measured 14 inches by 44 inches. Or something like that. After a good soaking and laying out to dry, it measured 17 inches by 66. In other words: perfect.
I’ve cast on for another and am halfway done. No, NOT out of cashmere, you sillys! I’m using some Alchemy Wabi-Sabi we’ve had on the sale table all week. It should be 4 skeins of silky wool yummy-ness. At least, I’m done with the first 2 skeins and it looks about 24 or so inches in length.
I do have the pattern written up.
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Many of you have asked whether the more red photos or the more purple photos of the cabled sweater are “true to life”. The color is called “Red Plum”, and it’s definitely closer to the earlier, more red, photos. It’s a hard color to capture on a digital camera in halogen lighting in the store. The recent shots turned way too blue, didn’t they? In any case, it’s growing slowly, very slowly. I have about 3 inches done on the body, with about 9 or 10 more before I begin the bottom hem pattern. My hands have been bothering me the past few nights, so I haven’t done more than a few rows at a time. I do pull it out of my bag and gaze fondly, however!
I’ve noticed a big shift in my knitting life over the past year. Recently, I’m much more willing (and able) to commit to just one sweater project at a time. While I may have a scarf, some lace, a sock or two on the go, I’ve been getting pretty into The One sweater, whatever that might be. I’m hoping this trend continues. I’d really like to finish up this top-down aran in (for me) record time.