It’s possible I’ve cast on a sweater. I’m not saying it’s definite that I’ve cast on a sweater, mind you. Just possible.
The possible sweater is the Stasis Pullover by Leila Raabe, designed under the Brooklyn Tweed banner. Stasis is a lovely pattern with simple two-colored stranded work at the cuff, the bottom of the sweater, and around the yoke. It’s knit in the round from the bottom up. No seaming. If I were to knit a sweater, I’d prefer to discover it doesn’t fit before I sew the pieces together. I’d further prefer that it does fit.
The possible yarn I would use for this sweater is the Lost City Knits Local Llama Fingering weight. I’d choose the cinnamon/faun for the main color and the black for the colorwork motif. They go nicely together and are very soft. The gauge is right too.
This is all theoretical you understand. My history with sweater knitting is not great and while some of the fault could be mine I think as much of the blame must go to the knitting gods. I’ve chosen patterns badly before, ‘tis true. I’ve chosen one design that nearly every knitter in Ravelry had problems with, one design that simply didn’t look good on my body, and one that called for discontinued yarn, although I found a substitute. This last design has a few issues with construction for what I would consider a normal body type. It’s in a basket somewhere, waiting on more alterations that will make it fit. Or waiting to be frogged.
Okay – maybe it wasn’t the knitting mojo that failed me but my own decisions. So for now, let’s just say that I’m possibly knitting a Stasis Pullover. Or maybe we could just agree that I’m knitting the first sleeve of a Stasis Pullover.
Why pick up a sweater (possibly) at this time of the year? Two reasons. I want a new sweater to wear next fall, maybe by the time we go to the Walnut Valley Festival in September. A sweater I’ve knit and that fits nicely would be good for a week spent camping and listening to folk and bluegrass music while selling yarn and talking to knitting friends.
The other reason is that the Stasis Pullover (if I were to knit it) has miles and miles of pure stockinette. There is only a bit of simple charted colorwork. Stockinette is pretty mindless knitting that I can pick up and put down without fretting too much about keeping my place while talking to customers in the yarn booth.
And there will be plenty of talking to customers in the coming months, starting this weekend. Friday we’re leaving our farm and driving to Lenexa, Kansas for Knitting in the Heartland hosted by the Sunflower Knitters Guild. It’s going to be good. I just know it. Heck, Franklin Habit will be there! I’ve taken classes with Franklin and he’s charming, witty, and talented.
If you’re in the Kansas City area, come by Knitting in the Heartland. Stop and say hello and fondle some yarn. But don’t ask about the sweater I’m knitting. A sweater is just a future possibility. For now, I’m just knitting a sleeve.