Back in March I blogged about a sweater I was knitting by a Japanese designer named Michiyo. It went on the back burner for a little bit while I worked on the pattern and knit the samples for Amiina as well as my upcoming pattern (which should be ready in a week or two), but as you can see, it’s finally finished! I bound off Sunday evening and wet blocked it, which took up a lot of floor real estate (you can see a photo of it blocking on the ravelry project page). I picked up some buttons yesterday and sewed them on this morning.
I’m really happy with how the pattern, written for cotton yarn, worked up in this wool. The lace opened up nicely with blocking and the neutral palette is really lovely. The water-resistant natural New Zealand wool should be a great asset in the coming weeks, as here in Seattle many locals know the month of June by its nickname ‘June-uary’ (due to the chilly drizzle that generally sets in for a few weeks).
I did have a minor scare with this sweater:
The Te Awa Wools yarn came in a big hank of exactly 300 grams, and being pretty old, the chance of finding any more was pretty much zero, so I knew I might have to fudge a little bit at the end. Still, I was more than a little bit short when I sent that tweet out a week ago. Turns out I had some more yarn stashed in my travel bag – this had been my travel project the weekend before – which I subsequently unearthed a few days later. Huge, immense sigh of relief. I was careful after that, and knit the biggest piece of the sweater (the back, in these photos) shorter by about 20 rows, and then divided the remaining wool in half to knit each of the sleeves. In the end, I think it worked out well, and the tiny bit of yarn leftover will be set aside in case this sweater is ever unfortunate enough to need repairs down the road.
I really love this sweater and I’ll definitely be knitting more of Michiyo’s designs in the future – perhaps even from an English pattern, as she’s now done a few pieces for Brooklyn Tweed’s guest designer series, Wool People. I really love this one: Stranger Cardigan. Like many of Michiyo’s designs, it can be worn multiple ways.
More soon, in knitting news and otherwise!