I’m Down with that!

So, thanks to all your suggestions, I was able to narrow down the potential colors for my Hubby’s new sweater, and he chose…

Down Heather!

It was between that and Flagstone Heather for him, but since the last sweater I knit for him was roughly that same shade of grey, we went for something lighter. That’s good for me, too, since I’ll be able to see the cables well! He generally wears pretty dark colors, so it’ll be nice to see him in something light for a change.

I swatched, calculated, and drew up a basic plan for the sweater based on the fishy one I knit for him. I’ve got the yarn ordered – 24 skeins! – and it should be here in a week or so. This weekend I’m hoping to get some time to sketch out some cable patterns so I can jump right in as soon as it arrives. Considering that a sweater for him is roughly the length of a dress on me, this is going to be a lot of cabling – making it something I’ll enjoy knitting will make it much more likely that I’ll actually have it completed in a timely manner!

In the meantime, I couldn’t really shake the sweater bug, so I did cast on one for myself last weekend. It’s in Bare Swish Bulky and is essentially meant to be an under-layer for my heavy Icelandic sweater. I’ve had this yarn laying around forever, with the intention of dyeing it. But I can always dye it after the fact if I still want to. I finished the body on Wednesday (yes, I knit it in four days! gotta love Swish Bulky!) and I’m into the sleeves. I’d love to show a photo of it, but my photo shoot went like this:

Step 1: lay out sweater body on floor, all pretty. Turn to get camera.

Step 2: Put down camera. Shoo cat off of sweater.

Step 3: lint roll the sweater. Smooth. Turn to get camera.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2.

After about the fourth round of that, I figured I might as well just pet the cat instead! So, I will take some photos of it this weekend, hopefully in finished form.

This sweater frenzy, and the associated trip through my stash cave, has got me thinking about what’s in store for me this year. I’ve been planning! I don’t have all the particulars figured out, but let’s say the future looks…. colorful!

Stay tuned. 😉