This holiday, I decided that one of the things I would like to do in 2014 is knit my dad a sweater. Since we've lived in Iowa, I have seen him wearing all sorts of interesting sweaters, from stretched-out cotton ones he's had since I was born, to really nice wool ones my mother bought for him but were too warm to wear in Atlanta, Kentucky and Virginia.
His favorites tend to lean a little on the rustic side. No surprise, for a man who fully absorbs himself in all things related to bluegrass music. I wanted to give him a sweater that I knew he would like, and that meant picking a pattern that he had already expressed interest in, and then having him choose his yarn color.
|photo by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed|
I have a few projects to get going before this project is officially in progress, but I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised by this yarn. I thought that because of the rustic texture, it wouldn't be very soft. I should have known better -- the base fiber is, after all, a Columbia Targhee cross. I love both of these breeds for spinning -- why wouldn't I adore them for knitting too?