This time of year, most people probably don’t start thinking about heavy wool sweaters. But I do.
Spring and fall are when my house is the coldest. I only have a wood stove for heat. In summer, it’s warm enough outside that it doesn’t matter. In winter, it’s cold enough that I load up the stove at least once a day. But in spring and fall, it’s not cold enough to justify using the wood.
In spring and fall, my house stays between 55-65. And when I say “my house,” I work from home, so that’s “my office,” too.
I wear layers. Lots of layers.
This is when my horrible sweater really shines. Knit in a bulky wool/alpaca blend, this thing (Drops 103-1) is as warm as it is ill-conceived. Everything about it is wrong, from the double-breasted front to the weird collar. The arms are 4″ longer than my own arms. It’s so heavy that it hangs badly when open, so I finally gave up and sewed the fronts together, thus negating all the work I did to make it a cardigan (coat).
The other day I was sitting at my desk, listening to the guy doing yardwork outside, wondering if I should take off the sweater in case he came to the door. I can’t be seen in it. It’s that bad.
No, I’m not going to show it. How about a kitty picture?
And I thought, “You know, I could just knit another sweater. A better sweater. One that I’m not embarrassed to be seen in.”
It was just an idle thought, but I followed it too far. I went to WEBS and the yarn (Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky) was on sale, and long story short, I guess I’m going to start knitting a sweater now. With all the time I’ve spent knitting lately. (Sheepish cough.)
Edit: Speaking of “Things I have been doing other than knitting,” I have revived my Facebook account if you want to follow me there.