I seem to have neglected the blog for the past few days. Chalk that up to the combination of subduing a turkey and wrassling it into brine accompanied by an upper respiratory infection that lingered way too long (but is finally fading).
I did finish Filey, on Thursday evening. I took a photo pre-shrinking. It was dark and I took it without a flash (because the flash tends to obscure the patterning in a sweater), hence the odd lighting.
And here it is after a trip through the washer and dryer (hot water/cold rinse regular cycle, and dried at high heat).
I think it shrunk a good 20%, which is a good thing since it was hugely long before washing. Now it is perfect.
The yarn softened up amazingly. While knitting, Rowan Denim is not particularly soft, but once you wash and dry it, it changes significantly. If you are on the fence about knitting with denim yarn, I encourage you to give it a try.
The pattern for Filey is available in Alice Starmore’s book Fishermen’s Sweaters, which is in print and readily available.
After completing Filey, I did some work on a stealth project for a club pattern and got that finished up. Then I started this:
This is Hitchhiker, by Martina Behm, and I am knitting it in the lovely handspun that the Knitgirllls spun for me and gave me when they visited earlier this month. It’s about DK weight and was spun from a Tempted Yarns roving, in the “Tree Hugger” colorway.
Hitchhiker calls for fingering weight yarn, but since it is a “knit until it is big enough” kind of pattern, I didn’t see why it wouldn’t work in DK weight, using a larger needle size. I’m using a U.S. size 6 needle here. I think this is a great pattern for handspun. I love love love how the striping of the yarn looks in this pattern. Love.
I started something else yesterday morning and am on the fence about it. Huge time-suck but entertaining knitting. I’ll talk about that on Tuesday, but here’s a hint — I’m knitting it in Rowan Calmer. Speaking of Rowan Calmer, if you haven’t yet, please go sign the petition to keep it in production!
Click on the number in the widget above to go to the petition and sign to let Rowan know you want them to keep producing this yarn.
(I may or may not have panicked yesterday and ordered a boatload of Calmer, just in case it does go out of production.)
Anyhow, here are a couple of hints about what I am knitting:
1. I have knit it before, in a different yarn.
2. When I finished it the first time, I mentioned that I thought it would be nice knit in Rowan Calmer.
Can you guess what it is?
“Those turkey leftovers are delicious, Momma!”