Anyway, I'm back to share with you the sweater I'm currently knitting.
You may have noticed that, like many others, I have favourite designers; particularly Kate Davies and Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed team. There's something about the style of their designs that particularly appeals to me.
Ages and ages ago, I spotted Agnes in one of the Brooklyn Tweed collections that was released, and it went into my Ravelry favourites page. I knew it was doubtful that when I got around to knitting I'd use Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn because it's flipping expensive to buy in the UK (the only supplier is Loop in London, as far as I'm aware). When Wool Warehouse had one of their Drops yarn sales, I chose some colours and bought enough (in truth, more than enough; I bought four different colours so I could decide which ones to use once I was ready to start knitting). Once they'd arrived, I decided to go with the brick reddish brown, the blue and the green:
As usual with Brooklyn Tweed designs (particularly those by Jared Flood), I needed to use different size needles to those stated in the pattern and, although it's suggested to use 4mm needles to get a gauge/tension of 24 sts to 4 inches, I ended up going down to a 3mm, with 2.75mm as the smaller needle.
This sweater involves a lot of knitting --- backwards and forwards; row after row of stocking stitch as it's knitted in pieces and will then need to be sewn up.
It took me a good three weeks to knit the back:
I'm now about halfway up the back:
As you can see, the colour placement is different on the front and back. I decided to have the green closer to my face on the front (the change in colours does, of course, mean I'll have to be very careful to sew it up neatly). From memory, the sleeves will be knitted in green and blue -- I think.
You might also spot that the colours of this sweater are very similar to the colours of the Stopover sweater I made earlier this year. Completely unintentional, I promise; maybe those are colours that are calling to me at the moment.
The weather in October was lovely; fairly warm and sunny, but with a crispness to the early mornings, but that's all changed now and the sky has gone from blue to grey and it's nearly dark by 4pm. It also feels rather damp and every time I got out to walk Jess I seem to traipse a few damp leaves into the hall as they get stuck to the bottom of my shoes. I took these photos on 17 October, as the leaves on the trees (they're at the front of our driveway, which we share with two other houses):
Oh well, once November's dreary, damp days are over, maybe we'll get some crisp, dry December and January days.