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Yes! Summertime IS When You Should Be Getting Cozy With Those Winter Knits

As we head toward warm summertime weather, you might think it's strange that I'm spending a lot of time with hearty Icelandic Lopi wool in my hands. I'd like to make the case for knitting outside the season—allowing yourself a slow-going project and working your way through something epic at a leisurely pace, and over a couple of seasons. 

yellow sweater being knit with yarn and knitting needles
Knitter: @fancyamber
Pattern: BiRTHDAY by @ankestrick 
Materials: Einband Lopi in Citron 9028
Size: M1
Modifications: Narrowed neckline and widened collar for more of a mock turtleneck fit. 
This laceweight, half-brioche stitch sweater project is indeed epic, and has kept me company for a few months now. It's a long haul, and I hope to wear it this fall, so early summer is the perfect time for working on this sunshine yellow, woolly wonder. 
I wanted to make a simple ribbed sweater and chose the pattern BiRTHDAY, by ANKESTRiCK. It's simple enough for road trip knitting, movie knitting, park knitting with friends, or squeezing in a few rows between other activities. I'm excited to pick it up and set it aside as I find time. I'm not worried about finishing it quickly, because cold weather seems so far away as I plant my tomatoes and plan camping trips. 
But at the same time, I've settled into the rhythm of this sweater, and it's comforting to have a project I've grown so familiar with. I'm not worried at all that I won't finish it before cool weather returns, because it continues to steadily grow. 
closer view of an incomplete sweater from the armhole that is being knit with circular needles
A few adjustments I'm making to the pattern: I subtracted out some stitches to the cast-on, adding a few more increases so that the neckline would not be as open, and I knit the collar a little longer, to make it even more of a high neckline. 
If you'd like to make something that feels like a monumental amount of knitting, like a lace weight sweater (which is such a lovely addition to a handmade wardrobe!), I recommend taking it easy and slow and giving yourself a few seasons of low stress knitting!

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