You know how I mentioned in my last post that I was finding the drape-front sweater very boring to knit? Well, it turns out that all you need is a cold snap in the weather to get it done in record time!
While temperatures are heating up in the Northern Hemisphere, New Zealand had its first polar blast of the season this week, bringing snow storms to the South Island and central plateau of the North (but sadly, not Wellington). It was bitterly cold.
Yours truly suddenly found that her by-now 30+ inches long sweater-in-progress was an extremely snuggly and very toasty warm possum blanket to hide under while happily knitting away… it became my favourite project to knit – the perfect insulating layer of warmth between me and the frigid temperatures!
Truly, I did not want it to finish, but here it is, all done:
Click here for my Ravelry notes if you’re interested in the technical bits – I’ve put in some hints about sewing up and the structure of the back which might be of interest.
This has turned out exactly as I thought it would. It is beautifully silky soft, very warm without being the unpleasant kind of overheated warm and has just the right amount of drape. It’s one of those sweaters that you want to stroke and cuddle as if it were a furry kitty.
Talking of warm, I was very fortunate to be wearing another pullover knitted with possum yarn at a training course I attended this week. While everyone else in the room turned blue due to the faulty heating system, I was quietly very snug, and toasty warm, and very thankful for my worsted-weight possum pullover! I tried not to look too smug. I wore a chunky weight, colourwork vest in 100% wool (think double-layer chunky yarn) the next day, and even then it was nowhere near as warm as the cosy possum pullover I wore the day before.
I’m very pleased to have another possum addition to my wardrobe. It’s going to come in handy!