I am shifting my thoughts to the next season…I usually do that when the HOT days of summer arrive. In my mind it’s already fall, cool and crisp, and my knitting is following suit. I’ve put down a lot of my superwash merinos in bright colors and have traded them in for tweedy heathers and rustic yarns, slowly becoming cozy sweaters.
A huge part of my knitting life right now is poring over knitting styles that are associated with certain regions of the world. I’ve been obsessed with Iceland again, and Icelandic sweaters. I came across a list I made at the beginning of this year, and one of my goals was to finally make a traditional lopi sweater. I knew I couldn’t wait any longer – I bought my wool (the Icelandic lopi the pattern calls for) and decided on my pattern – Iðunn, a freebie from Knitty. I thought doing only a 2-color lopi would be a good way to ease into learning this style of sweater. This sweater will also contain my first steek, and I’m super excited about that – let’s cut some knitting!!
This is also my first time knitting with lopi. It is hard for me to describe it. It’s not next to skin soft (which I think is due to the flyaway fuzziness of it, not the wool itself) and at the same time it has this comforting softness to it. I know that may not make sense, but you should give it a feel. It’s beautiful and lightweight and going to make for an awesome winter garment. In my head I’m already hiking in the mountains with my lopapeysa!
I’ve learned with this sweater how to tension my yarn with both hands (shown above). It makes colorwork go almost as fast as plain stockinette. I’m so excited to have learned this method, I urge you to try it as well if you are a colorwork knitter or considering venturing into colorwork.
My Effortless is definitely my easy comfort knitting right now. Those long, soothing rows of stockinette. And I love the Rowan Felted tweed even more every time I pick it up. I can’t wait to see what it does after it is washed. I may just be knitting my way through that entire Knitbot book. I’ve already got another pattern in my queue and yarn in the stash to go with it!
I’m using the magic knot method on my sweaters, have you tried this? For projects where you have to join many balls of the same yarn throughout, it’s fantastic. No ends to weave in! Though I must admit, a little voice in the back of my head keeps trying to make me nervous and think one day the knot will fail in the FO. Let’s hope not!
Other recent obsessions:
I want to try this yarn.
Laughing at this.
This pretty food (and more) blog.
I don’t even own a pair of leggings (or tights for that matter) but this pair would be amazing for being cozy at home.
Has anyone tried this yarn? The linen gives it a tweedy look. It would make a beautiful sweater, I think…