It’s been nice to be finished with my Papaya Sweater. But it was on my needles for so long that I kind of got used to having it as my easy go-to when I had a few minutes of knitting time. It was something that I always knew I could pick up and get to work on without thinking about what I had to do next.
Now that it’s done, I’ve actually got to put a little thought into what I’m going to do next.
I’ve already decided that I want to use the Provincial Tweed yarn that I got from Knit Picks. It’s a beautiful colorway, it’s super soft, and I have enough for a whole sweater, so how could I say no?
I spent yesterday morning winding up all the skeins, and now I have a very satisfying bowl of yarn cakes, ready for action!And then, I spent the afternoon working up a nice-sized swatch on US8s.And, I gotta say… I was not expecting this yarn to make such lovely, silky fabric.
I’m not complaining, but I was really surprised how this yarn knit up. I was expecting something with a little more texture, a little more stitch definition, but that doesn’t seem to be what this yarn wants to do.It’s possible that if I go down a needle size (or two or three), this yarn might get a little more backbone, but I don’t know if I want to futz with that. It might be better to just go with the flow (or rather, go with the nice flow-y fabric that I’ve already got).
I had been planning on making some sort of cabled pullover, something like this one (except maybe a little less fancy). But, I don’t think that’s going to work with the texture of the Provincial Tweed yarn.Instead, I’m now thinking I might need to make something a little looser and drapier. (And something that possibly looks a lot more like my Papaya Sweater than I had originally intended for this yarn.) I might try a cardigan like this, or design something myself.I’ve got to put my thinking cap on for a bit and see if I can’t figure out what I should do. (Or, in true Allison fashion, I could leave the yarn to percolate in my studio for the next six months or so before I ever actually knit anything with it.)
What would you do in this situation?