Thursday, November 09, 2006

Somebody Stop Me!

A quick review of my Flickr gallery will show that I have knit only one full-sized adult sweater this year, the denim sweater for my fabulous MIL. This year, I mixed in a lot of little projects with ones that required more sustained attention.

However, now I am heading into the end of 2006 knitting two sweaters simultaneously.


Refined Raglan in Malabrigo


This sweater is an act of pure indulgence. I am making this sweater for me in the softest, most gorgeous yarn I have ever knit. I know I have said this before, but this time I mean it! The intense colors and velvety hand are just mesmerizing. The colorblind Mr S noted that the swatch looked like a glass of red wine; the colorway is Burgundy. It is a modified EZ percentage system sweater with lots and lots of stockinette in the round, so it does not require a lot of attention.




This sweater is an act of total commitment and love. Mr S does not like to wear sweaters, which I always considered a good thing, as Mr S has a 44" chest and likes his clothes very roomy. He also has the scratchy-itchies, and even finds cashmere a little scratchy. He seemed content with scarves and slippers and other little projects. However, a year ago, Mr. S picked this pattern and yarn color and asked me to knit him a sweater. The sweater has a roomy, casual fit, and calls for Cascade Sierra, an 80/20 cotton/wool blend. Mostly cotton, but just enough wool to keep it from stretching. Supposedly. And the color he chose is perfect because not only does it match his existing wardrobe of about 25 blue shirts, but it is matches his blue eyes perfectly.

I purchased the yarn right away, but have delayed knitting it because, well, because it is going to be so. Damn. Big. And I am not certain that Mr S will even wear it. Or that it will fit. Or that it will not stretch beyond the point of wearability.

But I can no longer take his crestfallen look when I cast on a sweater for someone else. It may take some time, but Mr S is going to get his sweater.

12 comments:

miss88keys said...

The Malabrigo is GORGEOUS! You're tempting me to purchase some.

I'm knitting my husband a sweater right now which I'm sure he won't wear either. Oh well.

anne marie said...

awww, aren't you a good little wife!

at least todd will wear the things I have knit for him. as long as they are not itchy....

such a gorgeous blue yarn! can't wait to see the progress at SnK!

keohinani said...

damn, you are ambitious!!! sounds so familiar. the only sweater i've knitted was the one i finished in january... :P labors of love shouldn't be considered labor. it's more like a bonus prize :) good luck with the sweaters!

Ashley said...

I've been having the same realization lately--lots of little FOs, but nothing substatntial-feeling. Your two sweaters look great--and you're inspiring me to finish up those darn mittens so I can cast on a sweater for ME!

Mo said...

Wow, two HUGE projects. Knit on!

I'm so afraid of the husband sweater, maybe one day.

BTW, I also am knitting a sweater from the new Interweave. I'll post soon.

jody said...

wow the malabrigo looks great. the color variations are PERFECT. i can't wait to see that one worked up.

dylan is a really great guy design. i've had it on my mind too. and i think the yarn choice is perfect. most guys tend to not need/enjoy the warmer sweaters so this should get a lot of wear.

iSeL said...

Oh, baby...a Malabrigo sweater. YUM!

And a sweater for the husband?! I'm impressed. My husband is the same way when it comes to yarn. It has to be cotton, no matter how soft the wool is. Grrr!

Ann said...

I tried to get the BackBou interested in the Dylan Goes Electric sweater. My only advice is, don't let Mr. S block it (although judging from what I know of him, he'd probably do a fantastic job of it!).

Mr. S said...

Once it is finished- of course I will proudly wear it.

Dorothy said...

The Malabrigo is a fabulous yarn isn't it? Your husband's sweater is looking good. If he doesn't wear it, try taping it to him while he sleeps and tell him it would be more painful to take it off than to wearit. ;)

The Purloined Letter said...

Good for you. Perhaps it is something about winter. I'm definitely feeling a need to embark on big projects, too. You set a great example!

Amanda said...

Hey - I linked to you through Ashley's blog and discovered that you are knitting with my beloved Sierra! I knit a lacy sweater with it last summer and it has has held up just beautifully - no pilling, the only stretching I can figure is due to the open work in the lace, and no pills! I'm a fan, your guy will LOVE it!