I always have multiple fiber-based projects going on at any one time. I like choices. Do I feel like knitting cables or a sock? Would I rather warp my loom or spin? Are my fingers itching for a luxurious cashmere or a crisp wool?
While I haven’t yet finished the cabled vest for Thor, today I started working on ideas for a cardigan. I have many skeins of a green Donegal Tweed (worsted weight) with Thor’s name on it. I think I bought it about 15 years ago and over the years have tried knitting it into several different cabled sweaters. After unraveling four almost-finished sweaters, I decided I simply didn’t like the look of me in green tweed – even if it’s a nice yarn.
So today I for some reason decided to peruse my growing collection of PDF files of knitting patterns and stumbled across a ribbed cardigan designed by Kate Kuckro fromInterweave Knits Gifts, Holiday 2006. I thought the style would work very well on Thor.
His response when I showed it to him was: “The yarn looks scratchy. And I don’t see any cables.”
I think he forgot about the Donegal Tweed. (The pattern calls for Classic Elite’s Montera, and I don’t have a single skein of that.) And given his love of the cables in his vest-in-progress, I had already promised to put cables in the cardigan. I guess he was worried I’d forget about the cables.
So sometime this week I will dig out a skein of the Donegal Tweed and knit up gauge and pattern swatches for fun. Lest you think I’m domineering, I should tell you that over the last month I have showed him pictures of about 100 different cables, but he wouldn’t commit to any, leaving that to me.
Okay then … vertical rows of hearts maybe? 🙂