Reporting from a mildly frantic knitting scene down here.
My aim of two new sweaters to pack for Rhinebeck is going to require the sternest discipline to get to the finish line in time. It’s all sleeves.
I feel bad for sleeves. They’re a useful part of a sweater, really—arms appreciate a covering, right? And yet, they remain among the most-maligned, least-loved moments of sweater knitting.
It doesn’t make sense. I dislike knitting sleeves yet love knitting socks? They’re basically the same thing. Tubes. And sleeves tend not to be knitted on size 1 needles.
So: It’s time for a rebranding. From here on out, they’re arm socks. It’s already making a huge difference in how I see this stretch of knitting ahead.
Cider Mill Sweater: 1.5 Arm Socks to Go
Jen Geigley’s Cider Mill was designed specifically to pay tribute to things at Rhinebeck that are universally beloved: apple cider donuts, coffee, autumn leaves, and pan flutes, played by a band that pipes out cheerful music all day long.
The motifs in the Cider Mill yoke harken to Rhinebeck so specifically that I may end up with a moment in this sweater where I am eating an apple cider donut while drinking coffee and listening to pan flute music all at the same time. I gotta get this thing done.
Mood: Motivated like Mary Anne the steam shovel.
Papa Pullover: 2.0 Arm Socks to Go
The first time I glimpsed a Papa pullover was at Rhinebeck, when a group of knitters casually wandered around in their matching Papas like it was no big deal to have three women wearing one of the most confounding and cool designs ever invented.
Junko Okamoto, you are a temptress and a vixen and I gotta say, you are not going to get the best of me. Your Papa is about to become my Papa—I am not going to Rhinebeck without two arm socks firmly affixed to my Papa.
It’s going to be close. The duplicate stitch on this design nearly broke me. And when you throw in the capricious short rows on the back that turn this one-size-only design into a sculptural, knitted sweaterpod, well. You almost got me, Junko Okamoto. It was almost too much.
Mood: After 10 billion duplicate stitches, relief that I’m only a pair of arm socks from glory.
Please stay tuned.
PS For those of you headed to Rhinebeck, we’re really proud to be a sponsor of Wool & Folk, the all-day party on Friday, October 14 in Kingston. “A celebration of our diverse, inclusive, and extraordinary fiber community,” say the co-founders Felicia Eve and Catherine Clark. We’ll be there all day, with Atlas yarn to mong (we are yarnmongers, after all) and all the visiting we can cram into seven hours. Tickets are going fast—get yours here.