Well my hands sure are!
There was a question in the comments asking if I was having issues with dye from the denim yarn coming off on my hands and needles. That is one of the hazards of knitting with this yarn — they dye does indeed come off. It washes off my hands pretty easily, except for my fingernails. Try as I might, I can’t get the bluish tinge off them, even with copious scrubbing with a nail brush. If I wore nail polish, the blue would come off on the polish and my nails would be fine, but I loathe and detest nail polish so I never wear it.
So for the foreseeable future my nails will have a bluish tinge.
The dye is not staining my needles because I am using metal needles. To be specific, I am using one of my beloved precious Signature Needle Arts circular needles — a U.S. size 5 with the stiletto tip. I have previously waxed lyrical about my love for these needles so I will not go on and on again here. suffice it to say that my opinion of them has not changed. In fact, I find myself planning my projects around the sizes I have. (The circulars are currently only available in U.S. size 5, 6, and 7. I am eagerly awaiting the day when they announce more sizes.)
Speaking of needles . . .
Reader Catherine asked in the comments: I’m thinking of buying to myself a set of multi-sizes circular knitting needle. Which one would you suggest? Metal or wood/bamboo?
I am hesitant to make a suggestion because needle choice is very subjective. Personally, I like metal needles and the pointier the better. So I love my Signature Needle Arts Needles. I am also fond of the Addi Lace needles because they have lovely sharp tips too. I can’t remember the last time I used a wood needle.
But your mileage may vary.
Back to the sweater at hand, I did finish the neck shaping on the front last night. Here’s a photo of the front and back pieces, folded inside out, with my camera lens cap in the shot.
I call it “Still Life With Lens Cap.”
And I cast on for a sleeve for commuter knitting. I finished the cuff.
I may join the front and back and pick up stitches for the neckband tonight, but then again, I may wait until the weekend to do so. I won’t be using my Signature Needle Arts needle for the neckband for two reasons. One, I am using it to knit the sleeve, and two (more importantly) it is 32″ long and I am knitting the neckband in the round. I’ll be using a shorter Addi Lace needle for the neckband.
Lucy is still basking in a golden glow.