sometimes when i see a pattern or a yarn i just can’t restrain myself, i just have to cast on and start knitting right away. then there are other patterns and yarns that i want to ponder. this is one of them. i bought the beautiful book “last minute knitted gifts” by joelle hoverson in 2004 and there are many things in i want to have a go at. especially that lovely, flattering hourglass sweater. however, the pattern calls for noro cash iroha, which is not only expensive but also sometimes hard to come by here in sweden unless you buy it from an online shop (i know that there are some shops, nysta e.g. that sometimes carries it). and i have had at a squeeze at it and i must say, i wasn’t that impressed.
it took me a while to figure out what yarn to use, but when i remembered that i received a gift certificate at nysta at my birthday in 2006, i decided to buy the yarn for this particular jumper. i had been ogling and fondling araucania’s nature wool for some time, but really didn’t know what to do with it. until now. well, what can i say, it was a perfect match.
i used up my gift certificate in january and wound up all that lovely yarn into balls. i was busy with other knitting projects, and put the yarn away, but that was perfectly alright; i knew what to do with it once i was ready. i didn’t expect i would want to start knitting a thick wooly jumper in the middle of summer, but there it is.
nature wool is very soft and completely heavenly compared to the bamboo tape yarn i’ve been knitting with recently. i love how the colours change with every new stitch. i am very pleased with the result so far, and i’ve tried it on several times and it seems to fit perfectly. i know that many people haven’t been satisfied with the decreases in the yoke, and i’m ready to do some modifications once i get there. there are many beautiful versions of this jumper out there and one of my favourites is satoko’s. i hope mine will be as lovely.