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The Birthday Sweater July 26, 2007

Filed under: Knitting — reichenbachfalls @ 2:57 pm

┬áCan giving ever be totally unselfish? Don’t giver and givee both benefit from the transaction? What I’m saying is, if my husband doesn’t want a sweater for his birthday, can’t I knit him one anyway, as long as I also get him something else?

I’ve been swatching and researching and scribbling, trying to design a sweater that he might possibly like. I found a few remaining strands of Malabrigo Chunky in Lettuce and swatched to 2.5 spi. I went online and…

Last night I returned a box of Malabrigo Chunky in Tuareg because it is the exact bright blue teal of the last large Internet yarn order I foolishly purchased sight unseen (Debbie Bliss Merino DK, in case you were wondering). My husband will not wear that color, either on his birthday or at any other time. It’s pointless. It’s in the mail now.

I just swatched a bit of Malabrigo Gruesa, also at 9 stitches to 4 inches, and I really like it.

I never thought I would, because it’s thick and thin, but the beauty of it is that it would be fast — since I have less than a month to knit the sweater — and I wouldn’t need to do any interesting stitches since the yarn itself is so cool. I learn a new thing almost every day, although I also forget an old thing every few hours (stop buying online yarn you have never seen!), so I am overall becoming less smart all the time.

Anyhow, I ordered the Gruesa, along with 7 skeins of Louet Gems for the Katharine Hepburn Cardigan that will probably be completed sometime in 2009, and now I’m entirely happy.