N is all settled in at college. The house is quiet. Myles is at loose ends wondering where his human is. We’ll all learn and grow from this experience or so I tell myself.
Now that Camp Loopy has ended I wasn’t sure what I wanted to knit. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things I’d like to knit and yarn to use. The new semester of Loopy Academy has been assigned. We’ll talk about that when I figure out a plan. I decided to pull out the Calidez vest and reassess. I took no notes so the first thing I had to do was figure out which size I’d cast on and where I was.
I sat down and quickly figured out what was what and as I worked 8 or so rows I gave some serious thought to the yarn. It’s some vintage Reynolds Lopi I was given years ago. The color is a gorgeous deep purple, not a shade I’d ordinarily pick but truly lovely. But it is scratchy. Really scratchy. I’ve reread the inside of the label where it talks about how Icelandic wool like Lopi’s “essential characteristic is softness”. Huh? It feels like steel wool if I’m honest. So tell me, will this soften with washing and wearing? No. I didn’t make and wash a swatch. I don’t have yarn to spare. I’m 99% sure this is the last time you’ll see the beginning of the Calidez vest in this yarn. I’m thinking the Lopi might like to be a felted bag or some other none clothing item. Life is too short to be unhappy with my knitting.
In other knitting talk, I’ve got a baby sweater to knit and a tried and true pattern: Cardigan for Baby by Florence Merlin. I’ve got to stash dive for some yarn. While I’m digging through I’ll look for a replacement for the Calidez vest. Maybe I’ll have cast on something new soon.