This is not my first finished sweater for 2016 but this is my first sweater for myself for 2016 – #selfishknitting. I haven’t talked about the one I finished on January 1 yet because it was shipped to my cousin in Chicago last week and their postal system always has a delay. She just got it last night and it fits her beautifully but I’m waiting for a selfie of her wearing to share. So until I get that how about I share this gem?
Meet Wild One, also known by it’s original pattern name, Cala Luna. I’ve tried to really pick patterns of sweaters and tops I’d want to wear over and over again and this one is definitely going to be in heavy rotation with Mountain High and my Green Garter Raglan.
A few things I should note about this pattern, my thoughts and my choices:
- It’s pushed me out of my normal comfort zone of worsted/aran weight and bulky weight knitting. I used Miss Babs Yowza (the colorway is called Celebration) that I bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool festival and Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted (the colorway is called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave), which are light worsted/dk weight yarns and I used size 5 and 7 needles – not my norm. I still finished it in 10 days, even with the stray dog keeping me from knitting. I have to stop limiting myself based on the yarn choice, I really do.
- It’s a bottom up sweater with a seamed/set-in sleeve. After doing a fully seamed sweater I’ve realized I’ve gotten a lot more confidence in my projects. Plus, this construction was just like Togue Pond tank but with sleeves. I’m going to do my best to keep my confidence up and push myself to try things I’d typically shy away from because if I don’t I won’t have fun sweaters like this one.
- I swapped out the standard short rows for German short rows and this technique is AH-MAZING!! Also, I love VeryPink Knits YouTube tutorials. My LYS suggested I try German short rows and now I wonder how I will ever not use them? I always get a funny whole when I pick up the purl side of short rows and this was so simple and so easy that I just knew it was going to be wonky and it wasn’t. You have to try this technique.
Every time I knit something and put it on or see someone else put it on I’m still amazed. I made that and it fits and it looks good. I always feel so accomplished and wearing things I knit for myself makes me feel so good. I just love it. I’m addicted and my goal to have all my sweaters be hand knit sweaters doesn’t seem so lofty anymore.
I’ve got a small test knit on my needles and I’m traveling this week so I think I’m going to knit a tie or two for a friend and my husband while I’m on a long flight. Then I’ve got a few baby knits I need to work on before these new baby girls make their way into the world. My 2016 knitting mantra/resolution is to stop being afraid to try something new, it’s all about learning! Can you tell I’m off to a great start so far this year?