This is a throwback post published on April 5, 2008.
This is what happens when you see pretty yarn and can’t put the accursed thing down:
Pattern: Dolce far Niente (by me)
Yarn: approx. 2.5 hanks of brown Manos wool
.5 hank of orange Manos wool
This project was inspired by a D&G sweater from Fall 2006. I didn’t do it justice! (I will most likely be doing another version, in a much lighter gauge, with more intricate fair isle.
This was the softest Manos I’ve ever played with. Two issues arose, stemming from the yarn itself:
1 – the brown Manos was spun with what is an obvious slubby texture. Throughout the body of the garment it blends in decently. But woe to the cast-off edge on the neckline. It bumps in and out rather unpleasently.
2 – less significantly, the orange Manos was bleeding dye on to my hands.
Overall I remain a Manos devotee, though perhaps will be more vigilant in my purchasing in the future (re: slub factor).
I do realize that it’s April. I do realize that Spring is on the verge of flouncing in and warming up the world. But when a knitter’s got an itch, it’s real hard not to scratch! I churned this puppy out in about one week.
Why, you may wonder, did I introduce it as accursed?
In most cases when I knit, I’m extremely stubborn, and thus go out of my way to either
avoid making any large/noticeable mistakes
learn to live with it (the much more frequent route).
I hate frogging, and I possibly hate tinking even more.
For this project, I had to do both those, about 3 times over.
Gladly, the finished project has come out satisfactory.
I do have one wonder: do you prefer it with a dark shirt beneath, or a lighter one (thus emphasizing the shortness of the sweater by contrast)?
I think, after being christened Dolce far Niente, the project decided simple, it would not be.