I love November. I love sweaters. November is the perfect time to knit sweaters. Shannon must have known this when she created National Knit a Sweater Month knitalong last year. Year two has been a success thus far (only five days in!) and the Aftur pullover is flying off the needles!
The speed and progress of knitting can be attributed to the car rides between my home and Williamsburg, Virginia. Coming back yesterday, I completed the body – knit in the round to about 15.5 inches. I extended the body to accommodate my long torso, and I just hope it is enough. After I knit the sleeves, I will be able to gauge how much yarn I have left, and I may add on another inch for the body. In the meantime, I have started sleeve one on the size 7 double pointed needles.
I was saddened to hear that this yarn, Botanical Shades, is no longer produced. It was a small operation that used only natural fibers and natural dyes – I bought the yarn at Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2006. It is a beautiful blend of alpaca, wool, and mohair. It is naturally dyed with indigo. If you have worked with indigo-dyed yarns before, you know that your fingers and your needles become blue. I do notice some color on the needles, and my hands are slightly blue after knitting, but not nearly as bad as I have witnessed: A friend of mine knit an indigo skirt last spring, and I recall her fingernails being blue, as well as her needles. This is not half as bad.
The traditional Icelandic yoked pullover is a new challenge for me. I have not completed a sweater with colorwork yet, and I am optimistic that this one will work out perfectly. If the yarn colors are any indication, this is going to be a great garment. A few other bloggers have made this pullover too – they used the more traditional yarn colors. I am hoping for a good balance with the colors I chose.