It’s pretty chilly out (-15C, 4F) and there’s a fair amount of snow on the ground. I’m wearing an old Malabrigo worsted sweater and my cashmere Beauchamp Cowl, I just finished a cup of hot chocolate and I’m nice and toasty. Turns out that wearing a cashmere cowl indoors really helps with the warmth factor!

All I want to do these days is cast on for more things. But I have so very many things on the needles already! My cashmere sweater from the last post is ready for the sleeves and body to be joined at the underarm, but of course I went and started another one.

but it knits up nice

I really want new sweaters, NOW! I know if I just kept on with one project I’d be much more likely to finish it quickly and have something finished. But that just isn’t how it works around here, ha. This black sweater is a compound top-down raglan, with a v-neck. I think it’s going to be a wrap sweater, since I have plenty of yarn. It’s a lovely many-plied blend of silk and cashmere, which I’m knitting quite tightly since it will grow considerably when I wash it. The only downside?

so many tiny skeins

It comes in 25g skeins. It’s worsted weight. So there’s only about 45 yards per skein! I’ve not even been balling up the yarn, I just sit with the loop of yarn open on my lap or my desk, and knit straight from it. I suppose an upside is that I feel like I’m getting through a lot since I can knit up a skein in a sitting? Still, that is a heck of a lot of ends. (I tried the Russian join for one, but it just didn’t really work out very well with the structure of the yarn. I’m planning to just do my usual join and try to weave in the ends in small batches as I go.) The sweater up to where it is in the photo is, I think, 5 skeins.

10 Responses to “wintery”

  1. YuLian

    …Wow, that’s a lot of yarn. Too bad it’s not wool and you can’t spit-splice it. I know what you mean about starting new projects, I can’t stop either.

  2. Andrea

    Wow, that’s a lot of yarn. I probably wouldn’t wink it up and I definitely would try and weave in the ends every few skeins. But I’m sure it will turn out wonderfully cozy and soft!

  3. Paula

    I’m so curious about your new sweater!
    Russian joining is my favorite method. It’s a pity that it doesn’t work well with your yarn.

  4. Seanna Lea

    I don’t think I would be able to convince myself to use a 25 gram skein unless it was laceweight. It just seems so tiny for so many weaving ends.

    Of course, because of take up it seems a shame to use it for weaving too.

  5. Maryse

    I wonder why they would make such tiny skeins! I look forward to seeing the final product and good luck with weaving in ends… Yes, you should probably do it as you go ;-)

  6. martha

    Is there a pattern that can be purchased for this sweater?


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