I have this friend you, see. Charming lady she, knits a lot with me, knits sweaters in no time it seems.*
Last week she came to my house, showed off one more, and..... it's been niggling at me. After my round of seeking patterns to go with my yarn, I realized that I might just have enough.....
And this particular sweater ... well.. It's DESIGNED to use more than one color. It's a stash buster. Really. By intent.
So today, I hauled out that bag of Valley Yarns Amherst that I had lurking in the stash closet:
And tonight I caved. I succumbed. I yielded to temptation.
I cast on.
I kind of used the sleeve/upper back as a swatch -- and just cast on merrily with US8/5.0mm needles. After about 8" (healthy swatch checking size anyway), I decided the fabric might be just a tad dense, a tad, shall we say, stiff. Not a lot mind you, but a bit.
So I cast on a swatch from the other end to see if I liked the fabric that 9's make any better.
This means that I'll have to behave now though. We all know about yarn and it's tricksy ways. It'll change once it gets wet and dries again. So, I'll go soak my possibly 8" worth of back/sleeve and my wee swatch, and in the morning, I'll see how the two fabrics feel once they're dry.
Then ... well, then I guess I'll be knitting a Tubey, just like cgirlslife. Okay, not JUST like hers, since mine will be at least 90% one color. Now.... can I finish mine faster? (unlikely, but that's a good motivator).
And better still, I've lured the Divine Though Blogless Elizabeth into playing along! (Hey E!, guess what? Someone HAS made one out of 1824 Cotton... it looks great. You know you want to bust that stash!)
* Yes, I did notice that this first line has a very familiar rhythm to it. And yes, that melody is now stuck in my head.