I realize that it takes me longer to post about finished objects not because I’m not wearing them but because I forget to take pictures when I do! The first time I wore my Yesteryears sweater was the day we brought Kiwi home and to say it has been a crazy five weeks since bringing a puppy into our home (a good crazy) is an understatement. But I finally put it back on and snapped a pic (including Kiwi) so I could talk about it here.
Yesteryears (Ravelry link) is in the new book Worsted by Aimee of La Bien Aimee yarn. I love a worsted weight knit so I knew I would pick the book up as soon as I saw it but I wasn’t sure what yarn. When I was at Rhinebeck, I picked up two shades of Loop yarn in Kiss (the body color) and Makeup, the lighter color in the yolk. My friends both knit sweaters in this yarn that I loved so much that I had Loop on my list at Rhinebeck and I am surprised I was able to decide on the colors. And when I saw the Yesteryears pattern I thought this yarn might be a fun and trippy color selection to make this sweater with.
For my version, I chose the size 4 because I didn’t want an oversized sweater. I also knew I would only make the body length after sleeve separation about 10 inches and then an inch of ribbing. That’s my preferred length for my sweater body, it’s not super cropped and it hits right at the top of my pants. And because I’m all about wearing what I knit, I knew I would only want the sleeves to be short sleeves because my classrooms are warm and Maryland doesn’t get that cold. Because the yarns are the same but with opposite dominant colors, from far away it’s like looking at one of those posters where you have to relax your eyes to see the colorwork (LOL) but up close it is distinct. I’ve got a little bit of both colors left so I’m saving them for fall and might make the dogs contrasting sweaters. The verdict is still out on whether or not Kiwi will tolerate clothes. She’s not bothered by the cold right now and she bites whenever we put harnesses or things over her head (working on that with some positive reinforcement training), so no sweaters for our tiny girl just yet.
But she does love the feel of yarn and likes to plop herself down on anything I’m knitting and promptly take a nap. Oh Kiwi, I am so glad you’re a part of our family.