Criss Cross - Criss Cross by Isabell Kraemer. This was my second Isabell-designed project. Another beautiful, clean-lined, and wearable pattern! I have worn this a few times already, and it is just the best go-to sweater to grab on the way out the door. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this. The colorway "Ireland" is the perfect green for spring. It was a simple cardigan to knit, but the little details throughout made it fun, especially the charted pattern on the back. Will definitely knit more Isabell!
So here's a question for fellow knitters...this was my first project using Cascade 220 Heathers (NOT Superwash). I wet blocked as usual, and oh my goodness...the stink. The entire room smelled like,...well, let's just say "sulfur", (shall we?), for 3 days. Now, I know that wet wool smells funky, but this was by far the worst ever. I googled the issue and found an actual scientific explanation for the offending odor that has to do with chemical bonds breaking during wet blocking. (Seriously, wet wool sweaters have gas!) But anyway, upon drying, the smell went COMPLETELY away, and I aired my room out. No harm, no foul (no pun intended), BUT I really don't want that to happen again if there is anything I can do to stop it.
I have never had that happen before, and I knit another project (see below) without the odor, so I am left wondering, was it the specific yarn? Have any of you ever noticed the Cascade 220 yarns behaving this way? Or is this knitting's dirty smelly little secret???
Enough unpleasantries. Now on to pretty fringe.
Farmhouse - Farmhouse by cabinfour. I am not a shawl person, really. But I do have a childhood memory of someone (I can't remember who) owning a shawl. I thought is was so cool. No one in my family had one, so it was such a novelty to me. So many knitters like to knit shawls, but I love sweaters and didn't ever see myself using a shawl. But then I stumbled upon a fellow Raveler's Farmhouse. It was love at first sight. I was so drawn to it, but that didn't make any sense to me, because...I am not a shawl person. I looked and looked at pictures of Farmhouse for months and months. Why did I want that shawl so much???
Christmas was coming, and my kids asked me what I wanted as a gift from them. I asked for yarn. Which one, how much...they needed details. I chose 3 projects from my Favorites list on Ravelry. I showed them to my kids and told them that I wanted THEM to choose which project they wanted to give me. They held secret yarn meetings. I had no idea what they wanted me to have, but on Christmas morning I opened a gift of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, and I realized in that moment that I had been hoping it would be their choice all along. They wanted to give me Farmhouse.
This pattern was so simple to knit. Quiet, peaceful, television knitting. I learned a couple of new skills and linked to instruction videos in my Ravelry notes found here.
This was my first project to use Shelter. I love it, love it. Watching the fabric change during wet blocking was like magic! So fluffy and light and, oh I love it. (Sorry. I already said that.) My favorite is the fringe. Drippy, drapey, flowy, dreamy. I think this might be my favorite knit.
And I use it! Right now, it is the perfect layer to ward off the chill of early morning in the mountains. I really don't see myself knitting a lot of shawls, (I have another sweater on the needles now.) but I am so very glad I knit this one. Thank you, Babies! Your mama feels loved!
Joining in with the beautiful knitters over at Ginny's Yarn Along!