Remember when I said that I had a bad Saturday night? Well, my path of destruction did not end with the (dearly departed) Aran Accent Vest. It reached way down into my works-in-progress pile too. After months upon months of lingering at the bottom of my knitting basket, the Street Smart Hoodie made a comeback this past weekend… but not before I had to rip back a few inches after some wayward cable stitching. (What is it with me and the cables?) I seem to have this problem whenever I pick up a project after many months. My brain needs some time to reacquaint itself with the pattern and the yarn. Luckily, This story ends on a happier note: the Hoodie is working up perfectly now, and I am working through the arm hole decreases on the back.
Why in the world did I abandon this project for so long?
I bought the yarn at Stitches East 2006 from the lovely people at Cottage Craft. Just talking with them made me want to go to their idyllic shop on the bay in New Brunswick. After working with the wool itself, my urge to go there is even stronger. The yarn is great – sturdy, beautifully dyed, and perfect for textured projects. It is raw, with some “crunch” to it. There are a few flecks of vegetable matter, although nothing too coarse. Like so many other yarns, I know it will soften up after a nice dunk in the sink. This is their 2ply worsted weight in Maritime Blue. [See their colors here] (I also bought some of their single ply yarn in Black Cherry for a shawl or simple lace project… so this is not the last you will hear of this yarn!)
This project, as well as the yarn for my Aftur yoked pullover are going right into my travel bag: Kris and I are headed south to Williamsburg, Virginia for a little business (a regional archives conference) and a little pleasure (wineries!)