Pals!! If you are here you are so wonderful! Thank you for the love and support and interest in our journey through life with our favorite hobby. Some of you know that Caroline and I are forever knitting, talking about knitting, liking posts on knitting, reading about knitting, staring at other peoples sweaters wondering about the construction and whether or not we can knit it, etc. We’re not insane people, promise. But just knitting was not enough, we wanted to become a part of the community that we follow and love, and now we are here! Here to play a tiny (HAHA YES WE DID IT!!) role and make some yarn-y Bffs XOXO.
When we had the idea to do this thang, we wanted to start it on Aug 1, but were having trouble figuring out what to start with. It has to be engaging (of course), fun for us (duh), and maybe something new that we haven’t done before andOMG Fringe Association releases the rules and regs for a top down improvised sweater knitalong?!?!?! Our first post basically came down from the heavens.
- Engaging? Ever took a stab at an improv project aka no-pattern-just-feels? Hella mistakes! I’ve actually done an improv sweater before because I was SICK of people telling me what to do…and also because I was on Christmas vacay and I needed something new to hold me over during all the travel. It was awesome.
- Fun? Yeah, it’s a sweater.
- New? It is! I’ve never been a part of a KAL before, I’ve only admired from afar.
TIME TO BUY THE YARN YEAYEAYEAYEA
I’m usually a YBP (yarn before project) person, but only for accessories. Living in Brooklyn is expensive, and I can’t just be buying 5 hanks of yarn for fun. So I stopped by Argyle Yarn in South Slope BK with my heart set on some sporty pink yarn to turn into a cardigan. Wouldn’t you know it; I left with some fluffy baby alpaca in off-white. Vanilla, to be exact. I actually had a bit of a panic while they were winding up the little beauts, “IS THIS THE RIGHT YARN?!” “WHAT IF I JUST SPENT $100 ON YARN THAT IM GOING TO HATE?!” I hardly ever do big fun projects with awesome yarn for myself, so to justify this purchase; I went straight to the phones
To Caroline – TINY, I JUST GOT THE YARN AND IM NOT SURE IF IT’S RIGHT JUST TELL ME IT IS K THANKS BYE.
Two rows in with this stuff, I realized I was majorly tripping. The yarn RULES, it is a cloud. Not like a cloud, IS A CLOUD.
After my lightweight freak out, I was ready for the best part: designing. I knew I wanted a cardigan, and I knew I wanted rando drop stitches because I’m still v into that, but I also wanted to sweeten it up. Drop stitches are essentially rips, rips come off as tough and we need balance, baby! Some beers + people watching helped me decide on a big beautiful billowy bell sleeve with eyelets, and to my surprise, I’ve committed to that plan all the way. Usually half way through I get sick of it (whatever it is) and want to start over, but these sleeves and I are in love and we are getting married.
I’ve completely finished the construction of the cardi, I THINK. I’m blocking via pin and spritz now and waiting to see how I like the front panels. Does it need buttons, an I-cord edge, a ribbed edge, or is it fine as a shell? I’ll update this post when I’m finished and we can decide as a family.