It’s a NASCAR green flag! Disney World rope drop! Black Friday at Walmart! It’s Bang Out a Sweater Day, so we hope that you’re starting your Stopover today, or yesterday, or tomorrow. Or whatever sweater you’re banging out. Gah, we ought to get more orderly about this sort thing, but that’s not likely.
We hope you’re having fun. Who’s in? Let us know!
The banging out of sweaters commenced at 12:01 am EST this morning. If you somehow weren’t up at midnight, casting on a sweater, well, we don’t know what to say. Fortunately, there’s Periscope footage marking this moment:
In My Own Personal Odyssey
What follows are images that are deeply moving to me: my first glimpse of a sample of the Plötulopi yarn I’ve ordered for my Stopover.
The swatching action going on at the Bang Out a Sweater forum on Ravelry is fast and furious (PDX Knitterati Michele, I’m looking at you), so this may seem sort of tame. But to me, it is very beautiful.
Swatched. Léttlopi at the top, Plutoloopy below.
Reminder: Léttlopi is a yarn. Plötulopi is a not-yarn. It’s a pencil roving—that wheel-like plate under the swatch. It’s hairy, thin, shaggy-dog stuff.
Having never seen Plötulopi in the fiber, I was frankly thrilled. And to see it in direct comparison with Léttlopi, well. Drink it in, all the Icelandic authenticity of Icelandic wool, two ways.
Plutoloopy is going to be a great, weird experience. I got to knit a little with it, and it wants to fall apart. But in the swatch, it’s sturdier than you might expect. Such a conundrum.
Thank you, Julie, for the PlötuLéttLopi doubledecker swatchfest. [wipes semi-tear of joy at having dream come true]
Stay tuned. My batch from Iceland is due any moment.
The Ravelry conversation is fascinating. I’m learning a lot!
(Liftoff photo: nasa.gov)