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One Crazy Fiber Lady

Knitter Know Thyself

February 24th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I think by the time you’ve been knitting for over three decades (there I said it), you should really know what you like to knit. ¬†There has to be some accounting for the ebb and flow of the magical mojo or my sock and lace production wouldn’t change quite so drastically year (month) to year (month). ¬†Years with fewer socks and shawls usually see an increase in sweaters. ¬†Vice versa.

I always seem to hear the siren’s call of the lace shawl and socks regardless of what I’m working on and where the mojo level is. ¬†Doing some soul searching, it is because I like small needles and thin yarn. ¬†It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I jumped all over¬†Knit So Fine: Designs with Skinny Yarn when it came out. ¬†I have yet to make anything from it but while reading blogs today, and the accompanying time on Ravelry, I found something that just called out to me: ¬†Bohus Inspired Yoke Sweater(yes a Ravelry). ¬†

I’ve wanted to make a Bohus sweater for a while now, but the pricetag on the kits are daunting. ¬†That and the leeetle teeeny tiny needles and massive amounts of resulting knitting leads me to believe that “I’d never finish it and yet feel guilty for not because it was so pricey resulting in a less than enjoyable knit”. ¬†Whew. ¬†Soooo, when i saw this one, size 4 needles aren’t bad. ¬†Heck, I have a coupla sweaters on US4’s going now and this would be far less complicated! ¬†

Off to Knitpicks I went.  With the help of the suggestions they had in the project page, my handy-dandy install of Adobe Photoshop and JessaLu, I picked the colors I wanted.  

KnitPicks Yarn - Bohus Inspired Sweater

KnitPicks Yarn - Bohus Inspired Sweater

This is a mix of the Gloss and Shaow laceweights.  The sweater is worked from hem to collar in the round with the colors progressing in the order above from left to right.    The body will be the Sterling (the light grey on the left).  The yoke will run from the:

Aegean –> Blue Bird –> Juniper Heather –>Chipotle–>Mango–>Hot Rod Heather

The whole thing is running under $45. ¬†Which is way way less than the kit. ¬†I haven’t ruled out one of the kits someday, probably as a reward for something. ¬†Maybe my 10th anniversary of quitting smoking or somesuch, but for now, I’m looking forward to this project with tiny needles and thin yarn, even if it is doubled!

Yes, Mr. Not-So-Greenjeans is progressing, but the big needles and heavy yarn are making my hands hurt 😉 ¬†I’m about 4″ into the cable/rib thing at the bottom. ¬†I need to either dig up a long knitpicks cable or a second set off tips in the right size (and no I didn’t order more along with my lace yarn!) so I can do the sleeves.

Craft on!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hillary // Feb 25, 2009 at 11:24 am

    The bohus sweaters are calling to me too but I’m really afraid of jumping into anything that calls for itty bitty needles. This may be a great option. I’ll have to see how your goes. Love the colors you chose.

  • 2 Daniele // Feb 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    It’s gonna be great!! I saw where you had “queued” it. Now I know what you’re up to!! Love the colors you picked. 🙂

  • 3 Kim // Feb 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    3 decades of knitting. You can tell people that you emerged from the womb needles in hand and cast on with the umbilical cord.
    I love the Bohus inspired sweater! And a bargain too. Size 4 needles are just right for you.

  • 4 lynne s of oz // Mar 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Hey, I want to make one of them too! I have a whole heap of thrift store cashmere sweaters that I have separated into two groups to make TWO out of! LOL I should blog it. Of course I will die of heat exhaustion here cos cashmere is waaaay too warm except on about three days of the year.