With lockdowns well in place and online shopping booming, I am grateful for local options and contactless pick up or delivery. While my daughter waits for her post-holidays gift-card-shopping online stuff to arrive in the mail, I was able to quickly solve two knitting dilemmas locally.
For the first, I started a mystery sock knit-a-long in January, but after the cuff I had to concede that my stash yarn was not going to work with the delicately-cabled pattern. I reached out to a local dyer and found a perfect, gorgeous option. While I was at it, I snagged one more skein and a big bottle of wool wash before I run out (of soap, not yarn).
A week later I had another dilemma. I had promised my eldest a sweater that she requested. Initially she’d wanted it knit up in handspun Hawk I was still working on, but when I finished she decided she wanted a different yarn from my stash. I cast on with the leftover skeins of WYS, DK weight, BFL. Checking numerous published designs for a sweater in this weight and gauge, etc. in her size assured me that I’d have enough yarn even though I had my doubts.
I was right. I had enough for the body but not the sleeves. I remembered that my LYS Wolseley Wool had started carrying yarn from WYS. (I ordered mine in England a few years ago for delivery to my husband’s hotel while he was working.) Fortunately I was able to find another DK weight yarn from the same mill (WYS) in a natural colour. The wool source is not the same, but I guessed that at least the spin and only would match and both should be off-white. I crossed my fingers and ordered more to pick up.
The match is not exact in colour, but the sleeves will match and we’ll call it a design feature. 😉
With yarn in hand I was ready to seam up the freshly washed and blocked pieces to knit sleeves.
I’m very pleased with the seaming because I had a thought while designing this project to include a purl column up the sides where I would seam and to stop the column where I knew the drop shoulder sleeves would begin. Practical and makes a nice side seam finished look.