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February 20, 2006

Something Different

Olympics Update

I faced facts last week and decided that while I like my olympic sweater, it is not meant to be for these olympics. I was finally able to cast on for the Falk version on Wednesday, so there's just no way it's going to happen. Rather than torture myself with it, I'm just going to pick it up and knit on it periodically.

Oh! I owe you all a big thank you regarding the alpaca allergy post. I think washing a swatch to see how I react is a great idea. I will give that a try. For now I'm sorta annoyed with the yarn, so it will go in a bag in the stash for now.


While working on getting the Falk yarn I cast on for a new sweater. I'm using Stampato. I *love* this yarn! It's one of the stretchiest, bounciest yarns I've ever used. Plus, the colorway is so versatile. It's made up of 6 plies, most of them are black. But there's also a gray/white ply that seems to vary from gray to white to black -- giving it a tweed effect.

view a closeup of the yarn

I'm doing a bottom-up in-the-round raglan -- a pretty basic sweater. I'm planning on doing a V neck with a slit below the V (I don't know what that's called) and some slightly belled sleeves.

I got the yarn in the sale bin at Rosie's a couple weeks ago. I bought all they had but I'm a bit concerned about yardage. So, once I complete the body I'm going to do a provisional cast on of the sleeve stitches and knit the yoke. Then, I'll pick up the provisional stitches and knit the sleeves down. Once I'm done with the yoke I'll split the remaining yarn in half and use it to knit each sleeve. No worries about running out of yarn, and I maximize the possibility of getting long sleeves (which I'd really like for this sweater).

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That *is* nice yarn! I wish you luck with having long sleeves...

Posted by: naomi | Feb 20, 2006 9:06:01 AM

Very cool yarn. I love basic raglans like that - and it sounds very reminiscent of the Hourglass I'm knitting...

Posted by: Chris | Feb 20, 2006 9:51:03 AM

Love the tweedy effect and the combination of colors.
It looks beautiful once knitted.

I'm sure this is a nice little treat after the icky alpaca.

I hope you have enough yarn for the sleeves!

Posted by: isel | Feb 20, 2006 10:02:02 AM

Love the fleck in the Stampato and in the sale bin too, that's almost like knitting from stash ;)

Posted by: Tracy | Feb 20, 2006 12:45:38 PM

That looks like gorgeous yarn :)I think a sweater with 3/4 sleeves would look great too with the v-neck. Is it a Keyhole neckline you're talking about?

Cheers Eva

Posted by: Eva | Feb 20, 2006 1:37:20 PM

that yarn looks yummy!!

I think I may be semi-allergic to alpaca too! :( I had started a cabled cardi w/ knitpicks merino/alpaca mix, and it ITCHES against my skin, but feels so silky and soft in my hands But then recently even plain ole wool has started itching :(

Posted by: may | Feb 20, 2006 2:01:06 PM

looks like some great yarn! can't argue with 100% merino. i'm a new yorker but i love me some rosies! great sales!

Posted by: j a r e d | Feb 20, 2006 2:12:22 PM

Oo I love that tweedy yarn! Do you think you'll post a pattern of your design? I've got some black yarn sitting around I want to knit a raglan out of, but something with a little kick. I really like the idea of your v neckline with a slit...

Posted by: Julia | Feb 22, 2006 9:24:57 PM

I have a question not at all related to this post. You have Dale of Norway Santos on your future projects list. Have you knitted or swatched for this? I'm having problems with the pattern and was hoping you might be able to explain. Sorry ! Thanks!

Posted by: Janice | Feb 26, 2006 6:03:29 PM

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