Because the ‘hus belongs to knitters
Because the ‘hus belongs to lust
Because the ‘hus belongs to knitters
Because the ‘hus belongs to us.
I realized that I neglected to answer some questions from the comments from the past few days, so here you go.
I’m still thinking about upsizing a Bohus and now I am wondering about the Angora. I’m generally allergic to it. I’m wondering what you think might be some good substitutes. It doesn’t seem like it would have quite the magical effect without the Angora. I wondered about some type of mohair…maybe too hairy?
Theresa, I think the mohair would be too hairy. You’ll not get the same effect from a yarn other than the 50/50 merino/angora that is used, but you could certainly sub another yarn, say, a fingering weight merino? Problem is, you won’t have the lovely halo that the merino/angora yarn has, and you might have problems finding all the subtle color variations.
If you made a cardigan from the merino/angora yarn, and always wore it over something else, like a cotton turtleneck, would you still have the allergy problem?
The silk is just stunning. Stunning. Any plans for it yet?
(Mary’s talking about the hand-dyed silk from Solveig that I pictured last week in my blog.)
The skein is 350 meters — a lot of yarn. I’m thinking about a large lace scarf.
I was also wondering about your flat knitting. In Poems of Color, the pattern has you knit the yoke in the round, do front and back shaping flat, knit the sleeves, then join all and knit down from the arm join in the round. I was hoping to knit my Blue Shimmer in the round from the armholes down. Do you think it would work?
It would work, but I think there’s a definite advantage to knitting flat and seaming. The knitted fabric of this sweater is very soft and delicate. Side seams will give it some support and structure, which I think it needs.
That’s my opinion. I prefer knitting in the round myself. But I’m knitting my Bohus as the pattern directs, because I think the resulting sweater will drape better and wear longer.
You’ve probably mentioned this before, but what needles do you use for colorwork? I remember you mentioning Hotz & Stein rosewood needles, but the Bohus sweater appears to be on metal needles. I have a hard time maintaining the tension of my floats if I use Addi Turbos.
Before starting the Bohus, I checked my needle stash. The only wooden circular needles I have in the 2.0 and 2.5mm sizes are (much to my surprise) 16″ bamboos, and one 32″ Holz & Stein ebony in 2.5mm. I have Addie Turbos in both sizes in 24″ and 32″ lengths. I didn’t want to use the ebony needle because the main color of my sweater is dark green, and dark on dark? Not such a great idea for purposes of actually seeing what I am doing. So I went with the Addis, because I didn’t want to wait to cast on until I could get some light-colored wooden needles. What? Me? Impatient?
I paid close attention during the colorwork to make sure I kept the tension properly — uh — tensioned.
Here’s my Bohus progress du jour:
And here’s an extreme close-up:
A couple of you asked about the difference between the Kimmet Croft Bohus kits and the kits from Sweden. Here’s a close-up of the yarns, taken with my macro lens.
The red yarn is Kimmet Croft Fairy Haire. The green is the yarn in my Swedish kit. As you can see, the Swedish kit has a finer gauge yarn, and, of course, a finer knitted gauge.
Suzanne made a very astute observation:
I don’t finish knitting items anywhere even nearly as quickly as you do, but your comment about your knitting time made me think of something. I often get asked by nonknitters, “How do you knit so much and get so much done with your schedule?” What a lot of nonknitters don’t realize is how many perfect knitting opportunities there are throughout the day. I knit while waiting for my kids to come out of school, I knit at their activities, I sometimes knit at lunch at work, and of course, I knit every evening. I often wonder what these nonknitters do with themselves during all of these spare moments in life!
Yep, those spare moments really add up! On some days, I get more knitting done during “stolen moments” than during my designated knitting time in the evening. That’s the real answer to my volume of knitting, I think.
I get up every weekday and get ready for work, and I usually have 15 or 20 minutes where I watch the early early early news before I need to leave the house to go to the train. I knit during that 15 or 20 minutes (unless Lucy wants my undivided attention, which was the case this morning).
I knit on the first train — 25 or 30 minutes. Usually I wait 6-10 minutes for the second train, and I knit during that time. I’m on the second train for less than 5 minutes, so no knitting then. I knit at lunchtime, I knit on the 25 or 30 minute train going home. And any stuff like doctors’ appointments, trips to the post office, evacuation drills, etc — the knitting goes with me.
“Why, yes, I AM cross-eyed. What’s it to you?”
(And P.S. to Jenny in Duluth: “I am indeed a fuzzy-fuzzy-hooshie-booshie kitty snookums. Thank you for noticing!”)