In stasis

It’s a knitter’s nightmare. I’m many miles from home, sitting on a friend’s sofa enjoying a natter and a cup of tea with my latest WIP beside me, when something rolls out from my knitting.

A needle. Or, to be more precise, most of a needle – I’ve sat on it and snapped it in two. I start coming up with MacGyver-esque solutions (Super glue and duct tape? Whittle down the nearest pencil to 3.25mm?), then resign myself to the fact that I’ve done all the knitting I’ll be doing this weekend.

Up until then, I’d been making good progress on my Stasis jumper – I’ve finally made it past the acres of stocking stitch and on to the Fair Isle design on the yoke. The sleeves are attached now too, so I can get an idea of the final fit: a little tight, but it’ll hopefully loosen up a bit with blocking.

Stasis

As for my knitting-free journey home, thank goodness for smartphones. My Neko Atsume digital kittens (the only thing keeping me from achieving full crazy-cat-lady status in the real world) have really been spoiled this weekend.

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Are we nearly there yet?

SarahLouKnits Stasis Pullover Sleeves

Oh, these sleeves. They knitted up in a flash in between eating, drinking and being merry at Christmastime, but the jumper they’re meant to be attached to – well, that’s a whole other story.

The body, it’s fair to say, is taking aeons in comparison. Despite a whole lot of knitting, it’s still more cummerbund than jumper. I’m starting to get an idea of how the finished garment will look and feel, though, and it’s promising.

The pattern is Leila Raabe’s Stasis Pullover, a beautiful colourwork sweater with Fair Isle details inspired by blackwork embroidery. I’ve paired it with the Women’s Institute’s Unique Shetland 4ply, which is everything you’d expect from a WI heritage yarn: tough, durable and (whisper it) slightly scratchy.

It’ll be a great combination for winter, or spring… or whenever I finally have something to attach these sleeves to.