March 4, 2005
This is one fast-knitting sweater. I estimate that if I do nothing but knit between now and Saturday afternoon, it will be ready to wear out Saturday night*. Oh wait, forgot to include blocking. oh. Hmmmm.
The original recipe, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, calls for Noro's cash iroha. This is a fab yarn, but I am not using it.
Instead, I am knitting with coned Harrisville Highland yarn, in a discountinued color called "black forest". Its black with little brown and white flecks. Now, Harrisville is one of my favorite yarns. I love that you find little pieces of hay in it while knitting. However, *coned* Harrisville is a bit like twine. It is compressed and coated with something. It also makes my fingers black. which is not so cool. Never fear, I will knit on. We'll see about Saturday.
*Note: I live in NYC, and handknit sweaters are generally not up to spec for going out purposes, but I think this one can work. Its pretty tight-fitting, with a low neckline.