Remember last summer when I swore off cotton knitting? Look at that last FO: mostly cotton. See this new WIP: three-fourths cotton. But what cotton! Maybe it's the combo with the microfiber, but this is nice stuff. Rachael was knitting with it at my very house 13 months ago; I have no idea why it took me so long to give it a go. Suffice it to say I'm far from a Rowanette, but I did join for a year, and figured I ought to knit something from Rowan 36 or 37 to make my subscription worthwhile. So here I am with a $40 pattern for a rather slight sweater, but I don't mind, because I'm knitting with Calmer and I am calm.
Elspeth by Laura Long, from Rowan 37
That's my swatch, a/k/a the left sleeve, in Laurel. Happily, I got gauge with the suggested needle, and that first piece floated off my Denise in no time. And other than socks, this was my first experience with short rows. I didn't even consult Nona's tutorial, and I made it through the few that curve the bottom of the sleeve just fine. Mini-vacay #1 starts tomorrow after work, and I can't decide if Elspeth or Safira gets to go to Atlanta with us. Neither is mindless, but the shawl might be a better bet for listening to an audiobook after the Wee C hits the hay. Still, I don't want to let go of this Calmer ~