One of my unofficial knitting goals this year is to knit more garments, and I’ve begun with two completely different sweaters– one top-down pullover, the other a bottom-up cardigan –and I’m loving both of them so far. Let the sweater knitting begin!
The first is Golden Hour, knit in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna in ‘Pink Sands’. This is the yarn that I used for this tank top, then frogged, and then recycled the yarn. I actually started knitting this in January and planned on knitting Manzanilla, but once I looked at the pattern I realized that it was a way more complex knit than I felt like taking on at that time (to be fair, the complexity was all at the beginning, and I’m sure once the yoke and arms were complete it would be very simple).
Considering how much pick up/put down I have to do with my knitting all the time, I very rarely get an hour or two to devote to knitting that requires close attention, so Manzanilla wasn’t in the cards. I decided on Golden Hour, which I had admired for a long time and looked like an easy to wear sweater that would be perfect for this yarn. I’ve tried it on, and so far everything is going wonderfully! The yarn is so buttery soft, I’m convinced it’s going to be a great spring sweater.
The dark grey cardigan in progress is Pomme de Pin, a sweater I’ve admired forever. I had the yarn all picked out for it- Briggs & Little sport in Charcoal. If you clicked over to their site then you know they are super old school, but when it comes to wool, that’s exactly what I wanted- a rustic pure wool, north american from sheep to skein. If you like real wool (meaning, that rustic sort of wool that feels sheepy and might have bits of hay in it sometimes), I really recommend the very budget friendly Briggs & Little. I’m biased, it’s the oldest wool mill in Canada and so my national pride is all up on that. I’ve knit with it before and it holds up beautifully.
They just started a spring knit along for any knits in one of their light weight yarns, so it was the perfect reason to get started on this cardigan. I don’t often do knitalongs, but when it feels like a knit might otherwise take forever (or never get finished) it can be particularly motivating to have a target date you are working towards, and have the encouragement of others knitting along with you. I’m secretly hoping to use the deadline (May 15th, so lots of time) to finish both Golden Hour and Pomme de Pin!