This has truly been a mild summer, and it seems that when the weather is cooler my mind really turns to wool... and needles. Last week I had a hankering for some good natural wool and I have to say I love Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool. I know this might not be the first place one's mind goes to when thinking about a good earthy wool (or even second or third) but it really is great stuff. And it comes in such a large amount... (227 g) that you can leave the store with two skeins and be ready to knock a sweater quickly.
I also knew which pattern I wanted to pair my wool with as well. I found it on Ravelry a few weeks ago, Francis Revisted, by Beth Silverstein, and I loved it immediately. This is my first time to knit a top down sweater, which is fantastic. Or a sweater with raglan sleeves, which is also great! This may be my favorite combination by far, and the design ideas are endless.
I've finished the body and first sleeve, so only have the second sleeve and cowl to finish. I'm hoping to gain some length on the body when blocking. I'm knitting the small, which fits perfectly, but is a little short for me. I know that one of the joys of knitting from the top down means you can try on as you go... but I'm too lazy to put all those stitches on waste yarn to try it on... So instead I hope to pick up a little length at the end.
I love the seed stitch detail on the hem, sleeves, and cowl as well. I considered continuing the body and sleeves with the stockinette stitch, and may try that later on a different raglan. Hopefully I'll have my Francis Revisited finished by the weekend!
I also have another sweater almost finished that I'm not convinced about. I've been working on the Gathered Pullover from Interweave and I'm really not liking the holes created by working the center cable. If you've knitted this and had a similar issue let me know if you have words of wisdom to correct it! I'm almost finished with this one as well, but the cable has me stalling...
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Laura D. DATE: 09/22/2009 03:26:45 PM awesome color and yes its cold here in NW KS good day to knit (if i could pry my fingers off the cocoa cup). toodles!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Georganna DATE: 09/23/2009 09:58:23 AM Your sweater looks so pretty! I love the earthy heathery look of Lion Brand Fisherman Wool too. I'm using it for a sampler afghan which I hope to finish some time before my demise ;-). Blessings, G
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Lisa DATE: 09/23/2009 11:11:52 AM Looks great. Makes me want to go get some more Fisherman's Wool....
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Leslie DATE: 09/26/2009 03:14:26 PM Hey, it's nice to see you back here, and with a cute sweater, too! I love knitting top down...it's such a smart way to knit.
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Erin DATE: 10/08/2009 11:19:19 AM I agree with you, too! LB Fisherman's Wool is one of my favorites, especially after it's dyed. It fluffs up nicely. I was so excited when they came out with the dark brown and speechless when they came out with the light brown and marls. =D