Blogpost 1 - A Wool and Honey Adventure
Updated: Dec 21, 2018
Just before my latest trip to Europe, Andrea Mowry released an amazing design that I fell in love with completely!
It was the Wool & Honey sweater. With its casual fit, intriguing honey grate pattern en warm color, it stood out to me immediately when I came across it on Instagram!
I was planning this crazy trip and had made a huge list of yarns to purchase while being in Europe.
Needless to say, I added the yarn necessary for the Wool & Honey to my list.
I chose to go with the yarn used for the original. This was actually the first time I went with an originally used yarn and
I assumed it would be easy to get gauge! Boy, was I wrong!!!
Arriving in Amsterdam, my mom and I set for the Stephen and Penelope store as soon as we found a nice sunny terrace that was serving beer, to entertain my dad and husband for a while.
As you might have seen on Instagram back then, we were overwhelmed by the amazing store, yarns on the wall and just the overall choice in brands, colors and yarnweights.
We picked a whole lot of yarns for different sweaters and after some time I set on the Brooklyn Tweed Loft colorway, Wool Socks. That’s when the Wool & Honey adventure really began!
Home again, a few weeks later, I was ready to cast on the sweater. I just finished the Weekender, also an Andrea Mowry sweater, I was so excited to get started!
I cast on, did a little swatch and got started.
Although the pattern was a pleasure to work with, I realized shortly that the yarn was a little more difficult. I broke my yarn a few times, just by slightly tugging too hard while knitting.
That was the first hurdle to overcome, but I was convinced the end product would be amazing and so I kept going! The yarn was also quite sticky and had pieces of hay in it, which was kind of pleasing! It was satisfying to knit with such a raw material!
The sweater grew steadily, with a little pause in between every now and then when I got sucked in to other projects. I did notice that the sweater was growing a little too big, and decided to skip out on the last few increasing rows, to make sure the sweater wouldn’t become too big.
Shortly after that I finished the yoke and seperated for the sleeves.
I started knitting on the body with purpose, as I had a weekend away planned with friends and really wanted to bring my new sweater!
Almost down the entire body I couldn’t hold my excitement any longer, I put the sweater on a larger cable and finally tried it on!
And it was, HUMUNGOUS, ridiculously, way too big! There was no way I could finish this sweater into something wearable.
How disappointed was I.... I had been in love with this sweater and later on with the colorway, spent hours knitting it and now it was far from finished. I decided to rip off the band aid and just frog it immediately. I did take a second to check the gauge. It was, obviously, waaaay off!
So there was my Wool and Honey sweater, staring at me in the shape of one big ball of yarn.
It only took me a few days to cast on again, this time after swatching over and over again just to make sure I got it right.
I ended up knitting it on a 2.75mm needle to get gauge!
This time, things were running more smoothly. Mr. Loft and I had become friends, I knew the pattern by heart, and I was extra motivated to turn this ball back into a sweater, one that would fit me this time!
I knit on it every chance I got. When it came to separating the sleeves, I did just that and continued on the body. About 10 cm into the body of the sweater, I tried it on again. This time to find that the back was a bit large on me.
I went on Ravelry but couldn’t find anyone else that had this problem. I went over the pattern and didn’t find any mistakes in my sweater either. Whatever it was this time, I wasn’t happy with the result and I had to fix it.
There was no other way, but to rip back again. So I did. I ripped back to where I seperated the sleeves and skipped casting on the underarm sleeves. I also added decreases on the sides and in the middle of the back.
I continued knitting the decreases until the sweater was a size I liked. The decreases on the back were causing the yarn to form a bump – my mistake, I should’ve know this would’ve happened.
Soon after that, the sweater was finished though, and the bump went away with some agressive blocking.
Now my Wool & Honey sweater is finally done. And it sure was an adventure! One that was definitely worth it! I learned to work with a more rustic, fragile yarn. Learned about decreases and where to place them. Learned that not every pattern is suitable for your body type, but there is nothing wrong with amending them to your wishes!
And most of all, I learned not to give up!
Oh, and did I mention how amazing the Brooklyn Tweed Loft is, now that it is blocked?
It is summer now, so the garment will hibernate in my closet for a while, but I’m counting down till the first cold day of next year, cause I will put this sweater on and never take it off again!