If I hadn’t taken that nap, I’d have finished my sweater. And I’d have moved on to start my Brambling Shawl right now.
But I did take that nap, and it was a long, soggy one, and maybe sometimes a person just has to let it all wash away on a Sunday afternoon. Maybe I read the morning paper, and maybe I shouldn’t have done that, because every single headline was dim and sad and incomprehensible. Maybe a nap was the smart move.
Napping is good, to a point. But we can’t nap all the time, can we? In the waking hours, I’m finding knitting to be an important way to calm myself. Does anybody else have this experience? I know there’s a lot of talk about the soothing nature of knitting, and I’ve always believed it. But it seems necessary to my mood these days in a way that it didn’t in the past.
I’m about five inches of sleeve shy of a finished Carpino. It has been such a balm to me, this sweater.
To recap, this is one of the rare times I’ve made a sweater twice. My first Carpino is the dearest of friends—it’s in Madeline Tosh something or other, and it fits well, and it’s fingering weight, so it’s never too hot. The designer, Carol Feller, created a truly wonderful pattern. I can’t overstate how beloved my first Carpino is.
It is indigo blue. It is not colorful.
This is Colorway 3. When I started this sweater, I decided to freehand the colors—I didn’t have a sketch or a plan; I had just four skeins of really beautiful yarn, and a pattern I knew was great.
Starting at the neckline, my initial idea was tame: one line of the brilliant orange seemed like it would be plenty. The proportion would mirror that of my Squad Mitts. A slash of color, no more.
When I hit Terrywinkle, the periwinkle pale lavender, I achieved a peak of joy. Wendee Shulsen’s yarns are dyed in a marvelous way.
I intended to do the sleeves in the light gray that appears at the top of the sweater. Typical Ann Goes With Gray move. But I kept looking at that ball of orange yarn, so unused, really feeling sad that it wasn’t going to get its moment of glory. It is one of the great oranges in the yarn world.
So off I went on a giant orange binge.
I really love this orange. It’ll be great for deer hunting season. JUST KIDDING it’ll be great when I’m replacing sewer pipes in the middle of West End Avenue. JUST KIDDING I just want to be visible, OK? #WeAreNotInvisibleSeriouslyNotInvisible
We pause for a moment to admire the twisted rib edging on this thing. k1 through the back of the loop, p1. That’s all it takes to make a tight, tidy, twisted ribbing.
We’re coming to the end of our supply of this beautiful yarn, which makes fine mitts (see here) and also a great Carpino. If you’re inclined to take on a colorful experiment, Melanie Falick’s four colorways do most of the hard work for you. I crave a Carpino in each of these colorways.
Maybe if I knit four of these, I can achieve such extreme calm and peace that I can read the Sunday paper again without keeling over and falling instantly asleep.
Extra Bonus Info for the Curious
Knitter Pam asks if one Squad Mitts kit is enough to make the sweater. Here’s some info.
The sizes listed in the Carpino pullover pattern:
33¼ (35½, 39, 42¼, 44½, 48, 50¼, 53¾)” finished garment circumference at bust. The ease shown in the pattern photo is 2 1/2″, so subtract that amount from these measurements to get the actual bust size.
Yarn requirements for each size: 1030 (1110, 1195, 1310, 1385, 1505, 1575, 1720) yards fingering weight wool yarn.
The Squad Mitts kit has 1,600 yards (4 skeins x 400 yards), so it’s enough to make the sweater except for the 53″ size. The larger the size, the more it will be necessary to plot out how the colors fall a bit more carefully than I did, in order to use the yardage efficiently.
I seriously want to make another one of these. What is wrong with me?!? This is like Kay and the Dishcloth Crazy of 2004.