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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

A month after teaching myself to knit I decided I was ready to start my first sweater. No matter that I didn’t even know how to purl yet, I went out and bought myself a sweater’s worth of the yarn called for in the pattern I’d chosen, and got to work.

It is a minor miracle that the sweater was wearable when I finished. I figured out purling, increasing, decreasing, and even intarsia as I went along, and ended up with something that very closely resembled the picture in the pattern. I had no idea what gauge meant, so I used the needles the pattern recommended, and somehow the sweater ended up fitting me exactly like I’d hoped.

Another thing I knew nothing about were the different types of fiber. Up to that point I had only knit with the acrylics or acrylic blends carried at the craft store down the block from my apartment. The yarn I used for my sweater was Lamb’s Pride Bulky, a blend of 85% wool and 15% mohair.

A long-sleeved pullover made out of bulky yarn is extremely heavy and way too warm. Add in the mohair, which made me itch like crazy, and you have a sweater I’ve been able to tolerate wearing maybe five times in the past five years. That sweater created a deep hatred of mohair and other “hairy” yarns in me.

Why am I telling you this story? Because I recently learned a tough lesson.

There is such thing as hairy wool.

I chose Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport to knit my Adelina sweater out of. I had no experience with Blue Faced Leicester, but wanted to try it because I’ve heard so many knitters rave about it. It’s not mohair hairy, and it’s very soft, but still. I’m a little worried.

Adelina is nearing an end. The front and back are blocking as I type this. I have part of one sleeve and the collar to knit, and I’m finished. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to wear it.

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    Saturday, 20 March, 2010 10:39 am

    I remember your first sweater! I was so impressed that with your little knitting experience you would tackle something like a sweater. Silly me…you have been that way your whole life. Black with skull and crossbones on the arms and yes it weighed a ton. Keep it forever though! I agree, say no to scratchy yarn!

  2. Sunday, 30 May, 2010 7:14 am

    Hi Kate, I am making your Multnomah shawl pattern. I just love the pattern and am enjoying working on it. I’m using a yarn by Elisabeth Drumm’s Wolle’s yarn creations. It is called sherbet and looks just like that. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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