Insanity Runs in my Family

Knowing that I had a couple of long trips coming up, I wanted to get started on a sweater that would be relatively mindless, and I wanted it to be with yarn I already had in my stash.

So what did I do?

I cast on for not one, but two sweaters.

This one is Drops 79-11, which I’m making in Garnstudio Merino ExtraFine, in a light heathered brown:

Drops78-11 cardigan

And this one is Ingenue, from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I’m using O-Wool Classic in Slate blue:

ingenue collar

I thought I only had 5 skeins of this yarn, and was going to start a different cardigan with short sleeves. But then I remembered that I had gone back and gotten an extra skein that I hadn’t entered in Ravelry, and I really had 6 skeins. That was way too much for the other cardigan, but I thought it would probably work for this. The O-Wool Classic is about the same weight and has the same gauge information as the yarn used in the book (Karabella Marble), but it’s 100% merino instead of 55% wool, 45% alpaca. I knew that meant it wouldn’t be as drapey, but I thought I’d try it anyway.

Although I could get the gauge listed for the pattern (18 st = 4″), I didn’t really like how it looked, so I’m using needles that give me 17 sts instead. I didn’t realize until I started the pattern that the collar is double fabric – it’s knit twice the size, then folded over to the inside and stitched in place. Yikes! With this weight of yarn, that’s a pretty darn thick collar, though I’m sure it would have to be in the Karabella, too.

I’m a little nervous about the size of the collar and the heaviness of it, but when I get it knitted to the armpits, I’ll probably give it a bath and see how it looks after it’s softened up a bit. I’m not sure how well I’ll like this neckline on me. I don’t have Audrey Hepburn’s beautiful swan-like neck.

The collar also ate up yarn like crazy. It took nearly a full skein! Hopefully there’s enough to finish.

If it doesn’t work out, though, I’ll just frog it and go back to the cardigan I was going to make in the first place.

Of course, after getting these two projects started, I realized that I probably wouldn’t be taking either one of them on my trips, because they’ll take up too much room (especially for the motorcycle trip). So I guess I’ll be doing lace. Maybe I’ll finally get Wisp finished.

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13 Responses to Insanity Runs in my Family

  1. Stacey says:

    *snort* The best laid plans or something like that?

    Well, the extra thick collar could be helpful on a cool weather bike ride?

  2. elizabeth says:

    I didn’t know you were a biker chick! Hee!

  3. margene says:

    At least travel will slow down your sweater mania. Better take something easier than lace along, too. You’d better start a scarf or sock.

  4. Nora says:

    The beginnings both look very pretty – I really like the Ingenue sweater but I wonder if I’d be yanking it and adjusting it constantly if I actually tried to wear it.

  5. Hmmmmmmmmm…but I know you’ll come up with the right modification for the neck, or whatever else. You’ve got the mojo!

  6. Anne says:

    Apparently, then, I am related to you. This sounds like exactly the scenario that would occur at my end. And then I’d wind up taking socks. šŸ˜›

  7. Cher says:

    I like the idea of doing the Ingenue in wool. Althogh I love alpaca, wool would be warmer in autumn and winter months. You are a very talented knitter, and I think that maybe the folded neckline could be an opportunity for you to create your own neckline maybe? Just a thought. šŸ™‚

  8. Chris says:

    LOL – and neither of these sound particularly mindless. Might I suggest socks?!

  9. Carrie says:

    Oooh, pretty. I hope Ingenue works out!

  10. Cookie says:

    Sounds normal to me. ;^)

    Pack socks as a back up to the lace. Just in case you need something completely mindless to knit on.

  11. Carrie K says:

    None of those choices sound mindless but it all sounds completely normal.

    The doubled collar sounds warm.

  12. JessaLu says:

    I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and suggest socks for your road trip – a nice, plain pair. ;op

    Lovely knitting lately! (I’m like a month behind on blogs so I just skimmed you…hope you don’t mind, hehe)

  13. Miss T says:

    Heh, cast on two and don’t take either one–that SO sounds like something I would do!

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