Daylight savings time occurred this past weekend which for me means the dark days of Autumn have begun. While I love the sunny colorful part of Fall, this time after all the leaves have fallen and the days turn gray and fuzzy is my least favorite time of year. It's the waiting for Winter to come and blanket us with snow and cold that's hard for me. Once Winter hits I'm fine again and just tuck in drinking tea, knitting, reading and sitting back to enjoy the inward season. So, with what I call "fuzzy" weather (you know that dark, drizzly, hazy kind of day) comes knitting and what better to knit than a fuzzy sweater.
That's right, I'm back to knitting Amber by Lisa Richardson in Cascade Ecological Bulky Wool (that I dyed naturally with indigo) and Aloft super kid mohair yarn from Knit Picks (which gives the sweater it's fuzzy look.) I love how the very bright mohair yarn gives the more muted indigo a spark of color without being too overt (it is laceweight against bulky yarn after all.) The body is done and I'm beginning to knit back and forth instead of in the round to split the front from the back (which also gives me two armholes.) The pattern is not too hard, but I have been relying heavily on notes of other Raveler's to get the fit I want. I'm gambling a bit too not having made a swatch (I know. You 'd think I'd learn by now after all these years of knitting to make a swatch, but they drive me crazy) on how much the lace will stretch out, but I'm optimistic as it's meant to be loose and has no shaping. Hopefully I'll finish it in a few weeks if not sooner.
Since this post is linking with Yarn Along I need to share with you my current reading book. It's Slowspoke - A Unicyclist's Guide to America by Mark Schimmoeller. It was recommended by this blogger whom I read regularly. Well, I'm only 70 pages in, and I'm hooked. It's a memoir but somehow it feels larger than a story of just one man. He goes back and forth in his narrative from his childhood and youth, to his long distance unicycle trip, to the present and while this could be confusing, instead it flows as naturally as your thoughts flow from one to another. Really beautiful writing.
Joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along and Tami for WIP Wednesday.