Gray roots

It’s actually quite warm and sunny for these shots, so that’s why I forgot I had on sunglasses and why I didn’t wait to take a “good one”. It’s way too warm for this sweater today!

I actually need to do a root touch up, but I digress.  I started this Grettir in August and now she’s done.  Uh, what?  August 2014!?!  What!  14 months for a worsted weight sweater?  I’m going to get my needles yanked at this pace.

Well  obviously I let this one age for about a year, because even with a full time job and a million people nagging my ass for stuff it should only take a few weeks to make this sweater.  So don’t be put off by the lapse of time here.

Now for details.  The pattern is Grettir by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed.  The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and I chose to knit the gray colorway shown in the pattern for the male version.  I love gray!  Just not on my roots, natch.  The pattern is exceedingly well written and it taught me a new and much superior way for a tubular cast on.  Why is this way not in Montse Stanley (my resident book guru)?  I made no modifications, knit as writ and it worked out well.  Note:  when I went to Am*zon to get a book link I saw that this wonderful book is available used for $0.38!!  I may buy another just because!

The wool is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and I used Soot (MC), Cast Iron, Sweatshirt and Snowbound.  I enjoyed knitting with this yarn, it had a bit of spring on my needles, very little vegetative matter or knots and beautiful coloring.  I will certainly be using this yarn again.  I have no problem wearing this knitted fabric next to my skin, but that’s a personal decision.  That said, it’s not been below 70 degrees since I finished this sweater and there is no way I’ll need this around these hot parts for weeks so we shall see if that changes.

So for those interested in a well written pattern for and Icelandic yoke sweater, keep this one in mind.  And because you don’t ever get to see my garage on the blog, I took some shots out there for giggles.  You’re welcome.

Among the detritus trying to look like a car show model – not! Xmas tree upper left on shelf btw…

Is it still ribbing if it’s not stretchy?

Looks ok, but hoping it doesn’t stretch out when worn.

Having quickly received my Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for Grettir, I thought I’d dive right in and swatch up.  I’ve managed to get gauge in the round and promptly started my sleeve.  According to my sister swatches lie, so sleeve as swatch proof procedure has been implemented.

I’ve ripped this little ribbed cuff out about 3 times.  While that kind of sucks, I did have the opportunity to master the tubular cast on described in the pattern.  It’s much easier to do than the version I learned in my Montse Stanley book.  So that’s my plus, I guess.

My issue is that my ribbing was way too loose.  I sized down to size 2 dpns and it was still to huge.  I ended up taking 8 stitches out of the ribbing and it’s better, but still not tight.  The good news is that my ribbing is pretty much bullet proof.

I’m now knitting my way up the sleeve and increasing via the pattern method, again a nice and well thought out way to do it.  So far I’m finding the Grettir pattern well engineered and the Shelter is nice to work with.  So far so good, but am keeping my eye on those sleeve increases.  Happy knitting.