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Long Time Coming: Eyja Pullover
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Long Time Coming: Eyja Pullover

The summer was pretty quiet on the knitting front.  One hat and two shawlettes over 4 months time.  It’s not terrible, but for me, it’s less than normal.  However, I had a great summer of travel, hiking, reading, gardening, cooking… so, it’s nothing to “sneeze” at.

By mid-September, I started to feel the urge to knit again – the “mojo” was dormant.  Seeing the beautiful fall collections helped, but it wasn’t until I devoted time to actually finishing something that the desire came flooding back in.  Happy to report that knitting mojo is at a very high level right now – thanks in part to this little number:

Eyja Icelandic Pullover

Eyja Icelandic Pullover

Eyja Pullover

Pattern: Eyja from Lopi 26
Yarn: Briggs and Little Regal (green + purple), Gala Wools (yellow) Davidson Mill (ivory)
Needles: Size US 7 and 8 circulars
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Started back in the hot hot heat of July – and finished when the temperatures have mellowed out a bit (hopefully they will stay that way!) The pattern was one that I wanted to make for years, and I finally cast on.  There are several modifications:  pullover instead of a dress, slight omission in the colorwork pattern’s first yoked row (did not do the small crosses across the bustline), and a slightly different cuff and neckline.  The original calls for an eyelet lace, and I opted for a simpler look – a hemmed sleeve cuff, and a regular ribbed crewneck.  I am happy with my choice, and especially happy the sweater turned out so well.  When I first put the yarns together – I was worried that it was a bit garish.  I think the results are just what I wanted:  colorful but not “loud”.

Eyja Icelandic Pullover

Happy to get my groove back just as the season is starting to change… what knitter doesn’t love sweater weather?

…and if you are planning to go to NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck in a few weeks, keep your eye out for this sweater :)   This’ll be my first time, and I am pretty darn excited.

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28 Responses

  1. Hespetre

    Beautiful!
    I really love Vedis Jonsdottir’s designs, and this looks great on you.

  2. Estella

    Lolly, your sweater is great and will be very easy to spot at Rhinebeck! Will be sure to keep an eye out for it…you will LOVE Rhinebeck. It can be overwhelming but it is great fun. Hopefully it will be a lovely crisp fall day.

  3. Carole

    It’s a beautiful sweater and I hope the weather at Rhinebeck cooperates so you can wear it. Sadly, I won’t be there this year. I will miss getting to see you!

  4. Mandy

    The colors are great! I’ll be at Rhinebeck for the first time…but my sweater has no sleeves yet. But I’ll also be rocking all of my Red Collection knits, so you won’t have trouble spotting me!

  5. Yarndude

    Wow, it looks amazing!

  6. Linda

    Gorgeous! I hope it is cool enough for sweaters at Rhinebeck so that I can look for you and see this beauty in person!

  7. Sarah

    What a beautiful sweater! Congratulations on finishing it and getting your mojo back. :) This is going to be my first year at Rhinebeck, too and I’m hoping to have my current sweater project finished in time. Hope to see you there!

  8. mel

    What a beautiful pullover Lolly – these colors are just perfect for you. Great knits like this are just the thing to get the mojo back :)

    Have an awesome time at Rhinebeck – can’t wait to read about it!

  9. jillian

    It’s beautiful! The colors are so fun, perfect to cheer a dreary winter’s day.

  10. Jacey

    It looks fantastic! Great job.

  11. Mel North

    The colours look fantastic, I think it’s a great winter knit. Makes me think of snow, ski slopes and hot cocoa :)

  12. mai

    lolly, it’s beautiful! i can’t wait to see it in person :)

  13. Rachel

    It’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to see you and your sweater at Rhinebeck!

  14. Leslie

    Lovely! Excited for posts that will result from your knitting mojo return! :)

  15. Chandler

    Oh, goodness. I absolutely love it! Sun and sky on a crisp autumn day. Yum!

  16. Gudrun

    Very beautiful and perfect colours for you!

  17. Jeanie Babbage

    I really like the colors you chose! I’m planning something similar for my new granddaughter. Isn’t knitting mojo grand!

  18. Josiane

    It looks fabulous on you! Wishing you a fun time at Rhinebeck, and the perfect weather to wear that lovely sweater!

  19. mick

    What a lovely sweater! I don’t think I’ll make Rhinebeck this year, but I hope to have my first trip there next year. Have a great time!

  20. Jenna

    Summer is, obviously, a good time for vacations and I think this can mean vacations from our usual routines and pastimes so that we can return to them refreshed and renewed. This definitely seems to be the case with this sweater – you were saving your mojo up so you could make something extra beautiful! This looks amazing and you look amazing in it. Enjoy the onset of knitting weather and your first Rhinebeck. I can’t wait to hear all about it! xoxo

  21. Alli

    That looks great! I hardly knit at all when it was hot out here so I imagine it is even harder to knit through the summer in your neck of the woods. Nothing like an awesome finished sweater to get you back in the swing of things.

    Have a blast at Rhinebeck!!!

  22. Emilee

    I love the sweater! That shade of green is great on you!

    I will definitely say hi if I see you at Rhinebeck. I did that a lot last year. “Hi! I know you from the internet!” ;)

  23. Hilary

    That’s gorgeous!! I LOVE a fair isle yoke sweater…and the colors you chose are just divine.

  24. kala

    Beautiful, and the colors look awesome on you!

  25. Seanna Lea

    Gorgeous sweater!

    I went to Rhinebeck a couple of years ago and I keep trying to get back. I went on Sunday (a more mellow day by all of the accounts I’ve heard), and had a terrific time.

  26. andrea

    the sweater is fantastic! i hope we run into each other at rhinebeck. i’ll be there on saturday with my mom. i’ll keep my eyes peeled for you!

  27. Lisa

    The sweater is wonderful! I love the color combination.

    Enjoy Rhinebeck. I was hoping this would be my first year there, too, but alas, it’s not going to happen this year (again). Maybe next year. :}

  28. imogene

    What a fantastic FO! Great color choice and it really suits you :D

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