I am a knit-a-holic. And a Knitsomniac. This means that I spend a lot of time knitting. Really a lot. I have at least 12 WIP’s right now (I refuse to count because I don’t want to know the exact number) and I’m not proud of this. I have a kind of rule that I usually stick to that before I can cast on a new project I have to finish one of the WIP’s so I figure I’ll be caught up at some point in my life.
Since I’m nearly always knitting something or other I have a lot of great handmade pieces but recently I noticed that I have more accessory pieces and socks than anything else. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s something that I realize every winter and wonder why on earth I don’t knit more sweaters. Admittedly I live in a climate that isn’t conducive to knitting at all really. I get about three months tops of ‘cozy knitting by the fire’ nights and that’s being generous. This is a large part of why I knit more small pieces so as not to warm myself up more than I already am.
It’s early August as I write this and wearing a heavy sweater is the last thing that I want to do in the 110 degree heat we’ve had but I think I’m going to break my usual routine and cast on a sweater so that I’ll actually be able to enjoy it this winter instead of kicking myself later on. When I say sweater I mean SWEATER. I mean heavy wool, maybe some tweed and LOTS of delicious cables. The kind that you see in brochures to Scotland or Ireland and want to own. That kind of sweater. I did start a Worsted Boxy a couple weeks ago and am plowing along on that right now. It’s easy and mindless knitting which is just the thing now and then but I am itching to get something intense and cable-filled on my needles ASAP.
This is my Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. It’s miles of stockinette but at least it’s in the round because I just can’t handle seaming. Ever. The only mods I made to this are swapping DK weight instead of worsted and I kept the needle size called for in the pattern. I did this because although we do get some super chilly days here in the winter I also wanted it to be just a tad more flowy and airy and I’m really loving the fabric this is creating so I know the finished sweater will be heaven.
The colorway is one of my own and it’s called ‘Not Your Housekeeper’ which is an ode to Mrs. Hudson on the BBC series Sherlock which I adore completely. Oh! I almost forgot. I’m doing this sweater as part of Shannon Cook’s Summer Sweater KAL! Hopefully I’ll make the end date for this but regardless, knitting is a journey and it’s always a joy.