Fall has finally arrived here in Oregon. After weeks of temps in the upper 80s to low 90s, the wind blew in cooler air and rain and it is time.
Time for sipping hot beverages, layering clothes, watching football, but most importantly, time for wool. This can mean different things to different people: spinning, knitting, weaving - or if you're me, all three. (No, not at once, although if I could figure out how...)
Since I have an unprecedented quiet weekend at home, I kicked off my personal celebration of Fall by going through the sweaters in my closet. There were over 35 of them, all hand-knit (OK, one was crocheted). A lot of them were made to be samples in the shop, and since I almost always make my own size, they come home to Chateau Le Keller when their usefulness has expired. I knew that the time was past due to sort out the winners from the losers, the lovelies from the fuglies, and PURGE.
In the end, about 15 are headed to the Used Sample Sale coming up at the store (stay tuned for more on that!). About 3 went into my oldest's closet (yes, my oldest - at age 10 - is pretty near to being my same size). The rest are pretty evenly split between I-love-them-and-wear-them-all-the-time and I-don't-love-them-nor-wear-them-but-they-have-sentimental-value-and-I-can't-get-rid-of-them.
And this long preamble is how I arrived at the old favorite...The Rogue Hoody. Do any of you remember this pattern? It was big news back in 2005/06 - pre-Ravelry days. I chose it to be my project for the very first ever Knitting Olympics, created by the Yarn Harlot for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Talk about a throwback: the shop was in its first year of existence and my youngest wasn't even a twinkle in my eye.
This sweater has it all going on - creative cables that give excellent shaping to waist and cuffs, beautifully tailored turned hems, a lovely hood with the perfect fit. I chose Cascade 220 in Cream to keep it classic and simple and durable - and it has held up well (here's my FO post from back in 2006 - cracks me up).
Today, I put it on (I put on all of them in turn). I think I need to make this again . . . an updated Rogue, maybe in NatureSpun, or even (mmm) Debbie Bliss' BFL Aran. Don't you all agree?