I’ve had this yarn sitting near my desk for a little while now. It’s some test-dye skeins of a new colorway, Echo, on Brigantia. I really love it (more than I thought I would), and decided I needed to start a project with it.
I wanted to use both skeins, though, which is a lot of yarn (at least 1,200 yards, and probably more like 1,400 since I under-estimate the yardages on all my yarns … just so no one ever ends up short). I found some great vest patterns, and other possibilities. I spent all day Sunday during our Open Studio looking at patterns, showing them to my studio partner (who is a textile artist but not a knitter, so I was starting to drive her crazy). I didn’t want anything too complicated, and everything that appealed to me would only end up using one skein.
Then, I came across this awesome pattern by Joji Locatelli, Traveller Tunic. I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater tunic or dress, and I love so much about this pattern (and, having knit Joji’s Grandpa Cardigan, her patterns are really great).
How cool is this design? I swear, Laura’s mind and her ability to created crazily-constructed, stunning garments, is amazing. Knit side to side, with all kinds of interesting and unique details, I just love this sweater so much.
I went home two nights ago, ready to put my Tunic aside and start on Vindur, only to find there were no Size 11 knitting needles in my house. Dang it!! I remembered I had given away all my standard Addi needles and purchased Lace and Rockets for the sharper points. But I hadn’t purchased Size 11, only up to size 10.5 (and about 30 needles in Sizes 4, 5, and 6, but whatever). As much as I tried, I did not get gauge with 10.5. And this is a sweater design where gauge is really important.
There were no Addi needles for sale in my vicinity either, so I ordered them online and went back to knitting Traveller. At least until the needles arrive, then Vindur is on. I hope to be wearing it and / or displaying it at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival (and I have a knitting challenge going with my friend Amy, who is also knitting Vindur for NYSW, and now has a 3-day head start on me).
It’s in bulky; I can knit it in 11 days, right?