A while ago, I purchased some lace yarn to make a sweater. I purchased three colours and the plan was to use it, tripple stranded and to change out the colours one strand at a time, to get a lovely soft gradient effect. That didn't happen, because I did not read closely enough, and the balls were only 25 grams and 200 metres, rather than my expectation of 400 metres and 50 grams. I have had 6000 metres of lace sitting here on the shelf wondering what I would do with it. The idea of triple stranding got in the way of chossing something different for a very long time. It sat and I looked at it.
And then last winter, Brooklyn Tweed published this pattern, Agnes. Just a nice comfortable casual fitting t shirt style garment. It was particularly striking for me because my lace weights without a plan are exactly these three colours. And there is enough to double strand all three colours to easily knit version two. I desire version one though, and hope to get enough yarn, by mixing a strand of a subtly different black with a strand of the homeless lace and alternating rows. I am short only about 500 metres, so I know I have a black somewhere that would work. I have to test it, but there is no reason this shouldn't work to resolve my slight shortage of the black.
Anyway, I was sitting here yesterday, debating starting a sweater for myself, and what would I knit, when this popped out of the long list of favourite sweater patterns on Ravelry, I jumped.
That is exactly how it felt. I jumped from my chair, grabbed the yarns, confirmed that there was enough and off I was casting on. and then I cast on again. And again.
The pattern is written bottom up, in pieces, and I just do not want to start from the bottom. Fitting is so much easier from the top for me so I am converting it to knit that way. I am also going to knit in the round once I am below the arms. There is just no reason not to. that I can see yet.
Anyway, I am off and running today. I am winding the yarn for my daughter in law, Amy's sweater today. She fell in love with Pole and she absolutely adores the soft grey lavender Madelinetosh I have for her. Another Joji pattern! Hooray! I had meant to start her sweater yesterday but...
I didn't need to start a sweater for me. I really was just meandering while I took a break. A sweater for me just fell out and there it was. Impulses. Not always a bad thing.