Not in the literal sense. I’ve really been wanting a mindless knit. I love knitting someone else’s designs because I don’t have to figure out stitch counts or calculate the rate of decrease for raglans or any of those things. I also learn a lot from other designers – the way they word their instructions or sometimes a unique construction technique. I started in right away with a gauge swatch using the Peruvian Highland Wool I received on Friday. I’ve been wanting to knit Bonne Marie Burns’ Ribby Cardi pattern from ChicKnits.
This is how much I’ve knit on the sweater so far. I’m pleased with the wool – it’s soft and has a nice hand. The gauge is so much bigger than I’m used to working with that this thing is growing really quickly!
I’ve made a few changes – just can’t leave a design alone. I plan on making a casing for the zipper – more to follow when I get to that point. I did this a while back with another sweater and was pleased with the results. This time I’m planning in advance and cast on a few less stitches to accomodate for the extra width the casing provide. I’m also knitting it in one piece up to the armholes so I omitted four selvage sts (two for each seam). I juggled the ribbing pattern a little so it flows seamlessly where the seams aught to have been.