Susan and I seem to have a gray and yellow thing going on. I finally — after a long hiatus — just finished my Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki which I’ve affectionately nicknamed Killer Bee. I knit it out of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in a dark gray called Pewter and Madelinetosh Pashmina in Candlewick.
The Candlewick was a Christmas gift from my son and so I only had one skein. It wasn’t enough; I did have to find another one. The second skein was brighter and less ochre. I preferred the darker skein but what do you do? You can see the brighter yellow near the hem and on the lower part of the sleeves.
The two yarns were somewhat of a mismatch. The Miss Babs is thinner with a springy, tight twist. I hated how the sweater looked while I was knitting it — loose, sloppy. A disaster! I should have used two more similar yarns but once I got to a certain place I didn’t want to start over. And never have I had so much trouble picking up sleeve stitches. I was so discouraged that I threw it in a corner and ignored it for months.
I drove myself crazy trying to eliminate the jogs caused by the stripes (which is complicated by the short rows being done at the same time). I tried many methods and wasn’t completely sold on any of them. In a burst of frustration, I split the sleeves and knit them flat. It’s the only way I made myself finish knitting this.
I’m so glad I made myself finish it, however. Now I wonder why I was so unhappy!
It fits perfectly and once blocked, the fabric has a lovely drape. It is very wearable. My husband LOVES it. He’s rarely so enthusiastic about something I’ve knit unless it’s for him. Not the best photos. It looks cuter on but I have no way to get a photo so you’ll have to use your imaginations.