Despite not feeling like I’m accomplishing much knitting, I actually knit a sweater. And I did it in about two weeks. HOORAY!
I am going to Rhinebeck this year for the first time ever. Just up for the day on Saturday and back that evening, but I’m making my best friend Jess tag along. I was thinking about making myself a Rhinebeck sweater but decided that it would be fun to let her get a brand new sweater just for Rhinebeck. She had already sent me images on Instagram of sweaters with balloon sleeves, fitted and a little cropped. And then I picked up this Lion Brand Ferris Wheel yarn for $5 a ball (I bought 4, only needed 3) that had all of her favorite colors. It felt like it was meant to be.
It’s a worsted weight yarn and the folks at Skacel asked me if I wanted to try their new addi Rocket squared needles after seeing my video about tools and talking about square knitting needles (I do think they’re easier on my joints than round needles). So I tested out a size 9 needles on this sweater and I think that’s why I zipped through it. I don’t know why, but size 9 has always been my favorite size of knitting needle. Not too big and not too small. I used the basics of a top down raglan sweater and just worked up the math to make this sweater from Jess’s measurements. And can I tell you, this Ferris Wheel yarn is the softest yarn in the world. It’s an acrylic yarn and I threw it in the washer and dryer and then took these pics.
And I didn’t do a really dramatic balloon sleeve, but it has just enough fullness without having issues stuffing it in a coat. LOL Now to package it up and send it her way and then hopefully get some good pics of her in it when I see her next month!