Sunday, February 04, 2007

Blackberry Ridge

I haven't posted in a while. Somehow life seems to be raging out of control again. I swear some of it is my favorite monthly visitor, but some of it isn't.

Work is beyond palatable. I have put in for a different job at work and I am praying to any diety that will listen that I get it. I do like what I am doing currently, but it just isn't the right position for me right now. It really requires more than 40 hours a week and I just can't do that.

I haven't done much knitting lately for some reason. When I helped with inventory at my LYS, I received 7 skeins of bulky weight yarn from Blackberry Ridge. They are a local spinery and produce some very nice yarns. The bulky that I have has a very interesting construction.

The yarn is technically a 4-ply, but it took me a while to figure this out. Instead of a traditional 4 ply when all of the plys are plyed together at once, this yarn consists of 2 2-ply strands that are then plyed together. I discovered this when I was joining a new ball with spit join and it wouldn't felt together well.

It is also very tightly spun. I am hoping that this will equate to great wearablity.

Because it is a bulky yarn, I've decided to knit it up into a weekend sweater. My personal preference for sweaters knit at a much finer gauge than the 15 st/4" than I am getting for this. So, it will never be one that I wear to work. I am using Ann Budd's The Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns for this.

The first version is knit in the round and I divided front and back for inset sleeves. But, I had to reconsider. The thought of the seams in such a bulky yarn was daunting. I ripped it back and decided to go with a seamless yoke so I can eliminate the seams.

Out of sheer laziness, I didn't add any waist shaping, which I probably should have. But, I am letting this go. (Ignore the wonkiness of the picture. The body is still on a 24" circ and is a bit crowded at the top.) The color is a bit washed out in this picture, it is actually rich natural brown.


marisa said...

Looks good so far! I don't know if you've started the sleeves yet--but I would determine how long you want the sleeves before you start. I've found the sleeves to be quite long in Ann Budd's patterns. (Or maybe I just have freakishly short arms...;D)

Knittymama said...


Blackberry Ridge is a fave of mine.

Leslie said...

Looks like a warm, comfy sweater. I have that book Weekend Knitting and the girls look so cozy frolicking around in their oversize sweaters. Hope you get some much deserved time to frolic about very soon! Oh, and hope you're staying warm over there on the other side of the Great Lakes. Brrr... this winter stuff stinks!

Tracy said...

Hey Woman!

Long time no see! Your sweater looks great.....not following a pattern.....who would have known! Hee! Hee! Where did you do inventory....The Yarn House? Stay warm.........