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Wednesday, November 25, 2015


So, I mentioned the other week that I was afraid I might be coming down with a case of Sweateritis. Well, it is a full blown infection, and I've been hit bad. I have the Accidental Sweater almost off the needles (I had a bit of trouble figuring out the sleeve stripes, but more on that later), and to be honest the fact that I accidentally started a sweater should have clued me in to my state of mind weeks ago.

Behind that, I have four sweaters in a pretty solid state of preparation. I've got yarn, I've got patterns, and half of the yarn is wound and ready to go. I've knit swatches, I've double checked yardage, and I'm sitting here wondering how the heck did I suddenly decide to cast on four sweaters?

Up first, we have my birthday sweater, which I've already shared a bit here. I'm super excited for this one (bright yellow! lace! alpaca!).

Pattern: Summer Helmut by Boadicea Binnerts, with lengthened sleeves

Next, we have Drift, which I've also mentioned here. Again, super exciting things going on here (fun colors! lace! alpaca! umm...I'm sensing a trend).

Pattern: Drift by Kristen Finlay
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock "Reggaeton"

Third, we have Cormac, which I was drawn to right away when I got the fall issue of Knitscene, and then seeing Faith's version sealed the deal for me. Then I scored some amazing gold-colored vintage Japanese silk yarn in the Great Northern Knits Kickstarter campaign, and I knew they'd be perfect together. I still need to swatch and fudge some numbers, and I'll definitely need to hold the silk doubled, but this is going to be a real showstopper (gold! lace! oversized!).

Pattern: Cormac Sweater by Leah B. Thibeault
Yarn: Japanese Royal Silk (vintage, no info)

Finally, we have Audrey in Unst, which has been in my queue since May 2011. I love this pattern so much, and when I found my Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Rock Candy the last time I went through my stash, the two just clicked for me. I love that there are little pops of color in this yarn, and the base is neutral enough that it will fit into my wardrobe really well.

Pattern: Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease Prints "Rock Candy"

SO. Amazing sweater-y things happening here. I'm really excited, and hopefully I get some amazing sweaters done before my sweateritis clears up.

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  1. haha, I love that you are all set to knit ALL THE SWEATERS! I adore that Helmut one, I haven't see it before but it's super chic. And hey, it's the beginning of winter, you're going to need some new sweaters. go for it!

  2. So many pretty sweaters! That is going to be some really fun knitting. I just love knitting sweaters, so I completely understand your sweateritis.

  3. I think Sweateritis is contagious - and I'm not even mad. I've actually made the Summer Helmut and although the pattern can be a bit of a headache, the end result is fabulous! you're going to love it :D

  4. I think I just caught your sweateritis as well, just by looking through this post. So much inspiration!

  5. I totally understand this condition. I am dying to knit a sweater for myself but haven't had time to work on my first cardigan.

  6. Yay sweaters! I'm going to live vicariously through you since my sweater knitting is mostly on hold due to this baby bump problem ;)