gearing up

I’ve been saying it a lot lately, but I am really wanting to knit some cardigans, sweaters, you know….clothes. Hats and gloves are great, but I’m ready for a change (at least for a little while). I’ve had a few balls of yarn out on my desk shelf as “inspiration” for the past couple of months, and I think I might finally be getting somewhere with one of them:

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This yarn is a 100% hemp fingering weight that I picked up back in 2007 (Yikes!). I’ve wanted to do something with it for a while but most of my swatches have just been very…meh. I finally decided that this yarn would be best used for something simple, clean, and unfussy. All the stripes that are currently permeating women’s fashion have gotten to me and I decided to use that as the basis for the design, using texture instead of color to create the striping pattern–as it always takes a while to knit up a piece it pays not to be *too* on-trend!

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the hemp continued to show the striping pattern after blocking. I deliberately knit my swatch at a very loose gauge and was thinking the rows of purl stitching might just collapse into nothing in particular with the application of soap and water. But nope, the hemp works perfectly, creating a fabric that somehow manages to be loose and open while also very “defined”.

Now I just need to crunch a few more numbers and I can cast on…

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