Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Start of Vitamin D

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, I swatched for a cabled sweater using some red Andean Treasure, Knitpicks 100% baby alpaca sport weight yarn. The swatch turned out beautiful and on gauge, but when I got online to order a sweater's worth of red, they had discontinued the color. I selected a dark gray color as second choice.

Listen up knitters, including ME! When the gray arrived it was different from the red. The gray did not knit to the same gauge and it was too fuzzy and soft to make a cable or any other stitch pattern worthwhile. I threw it into a stash bin and told myself someday I would use it to knit a stockinette sweater. I hate knitting stockinette sweaters.

Now, I'm hoping this story has a happy ending. When I spotted Vitamin D on Ravelry, it struck me as the perfect sweater for this yarn. It's stockinette with some yarn overs. It has wrapped short rows which are going to be hidden by the fuzz. It's knit top down with no sewing, and the soft alpaca should drape perfectly.

The yellow Vitamin D sweater below is the pattern picture, not my knitting:

So, I swatched. After washing, the gauge is perfect.

Late last week I cast on Vitamin D. I love the feel of the alpaca yarn going through my fingers.

Pattern: Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier

Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure. 100% baby alpaca. Sport weight.

Color: Mystery Heather.

Needles: Options #4.

Gauge: 6 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch in stockinette.


BeadKnitter said...

Yay! You've started a sweater. I love the design. It goes will with the yarn.

JoLynn said...

lovely sweater. by the look, it will not be heavy and hot in your lap on these summer days.

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Judy S. said...

Bet that's one sweater that will get lots of wear. Nice pattern!

Anonymous said...

That is one gorgeous sweater. With the neutral color it will go with everything. Can't wait to see it finished. Off to put it in my queue.

Kathleen C. said...

That yarn will be gorgeous in the pattern! Do you read the Rainey Sisters blog? The two of them each did a VitaminD recently... a little bit of difference from one to the other.
I can't recall if they had any tips or encountered anything to be aware of though...

Susan Wike said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!

Julia Thom said...

I can almost feel it! I love a happy ending