A sweater is born! Our US grown, milled and dyed Heirloom Romney is one of my all-time favorite yarns. When it got a makeover this summer with a new mill and new colors, I knew it was time for a new sweater. We designed the palette of Heirloom with colorwork in mind, and the colors go together great with a nice blend of light and dark hues. I decided on this beautiful, Icelandic-style yoke sweater by Kiyomi Burgin, "Flugedar"!
Pattern: Flugeldar by Kiyomi Burgin on Ravelry
Yarn: Heirloom Romney Take Two
MC - Quail: 4 skeins
CC1 - Pink Pearl:1 skein
CC2 - Grapefruit: 1 skein
CC3 - Sedum: 1 skein
Size Made: 38 1/2"
Modifications - none
Heirloom Romney is a 100% Romney yarn, and the new milling process has resulted in a softer-than-ever Heirloom! It is still a "rustic" yarn (maybe not next-to-skin for everyone), but I love the hand of the new semi-worsted spun yarn. Romney wool is a long wool that holds up amazingly to wear. I expect this sweater to stand the test of time and look great for years to come.
I have a confession to make: I do not love knitting colorwork with three colors at a time. When I picked this pattern out I didn't realize that it included 14 rows (but who's counting??) of three-color colorwork. Even so, I seem to enjoy the results of using three colors at a time because I'm always drawn to designs that incorporate it! The first time I knit a pattern that used three colors at a time was my Birkin Sweater (a real labor of love). I have to say that I am getting better at it! My rows went faster this time with less tangling of the yarn and more confidence on my part. This sweater went a bit further with FOUR colors at times!! Thankfully, the fourth color is applied after the fact using duplicate stitch. Whew!
Three colors in a worsted weight makes for a thick sweater! This thing is WARM. I think I just made a great sweater for camping and wearing outside in the winter! (This definitely isn't a sweater for inside wear.) It ended up a bit more oversized than I would like--I made the 38 1/2", but I feel like the 36'' would have been perfect, with just the right amount of positive ease. I think I'm learning that I prefer yoked sweaters to be a bit more fitted than the dropped-shoulder, boxy fit that I've been making of late. Overall, I'm proud of my achievement of more three-color colorwork and another beautiful yoked sweater!