Another quick stashbusting project – this time a very wearable pullover for at least three seasons of the year. I made another version of this Mottled Pullover last year, and while that one turned out quite well, I think I am even happier with this one. The yarn is a better match – more drape and even mottled or “speckled-y” as I like to say – and the overall fit is better. I think second time was a charm!
Modifications: Like my first version, I made the sleeves 3/4-length, which seems better for the warmer temperatures. I also shortened the hemline rib, favoring stockinette. The pattern also calls a picked up neckband, which I just found unnecessary. So, I left the smaller vertical rib, making the v-neck a little deeper. As with any translated pattern, there are many times where the knitter has to “fill in the blanks” and just go on instinct. This instinct comes from making other garments, so this sweater (and maybe others from Rebecca’s collection) would not be the ideal “first sweater” project unless there is lots of guidance!
I bought the yarn awhile back at the LYS – it was that amazing mottled colorway that drew me right in. Seeing it become a lovely fabric was a nice treat. However, I have been going through a small-scale existential dilemma… after reading Maria’s amazingly well-researched Sustainability Series at Bloodroot Spins , I am feeling a conviction about using silk. The thing is, I have quite a bit of it in my stash (usually in blends)… and I like working with it. Sure, I knew the basics about silk production, but I was still ignorant as to exactly how things actually happened; Maria’s blog post helped educate me. At this point, I feel that using silk in my knitting does not “jive” with my code. I am hoping that I can avoid an arrest by the vegan police… but I don’t feel the need to get rid of all my silky FOs (not this new one!) or stashed yarns… but I do feel the need to put the brakes on any new silk purchases (ahem… just got this blend last weekend…) for the time being. Yet, I will be evaluating the stash (and my conscience) and figuring out where I want to go from here…
I am not at the point where I want to reject use of all animal fibers (and many of my vegan peers would chastise me and say that I am in fact *not* a vegan because of this). If that is the case, so be it. Truth is, I love to work with wool, alpaca, mohair, angora… and I think that each of these things can be done in a sustainable and non-harming way. (Anyone else seen the angora bunny lady at MDSW in years past? that bunny doesn’t even feel a thing!) Perhaps this is more ignorance on my part (or Pollyanna?) but those fibers are staying put in my stash.