Some of you have probably heard this, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway. A few years ago, a book called Knit, Swirl came out. Everyone at the shop but me loved it. I thought the coats were frumpy-looking and not something I was interested in. This summer, the shop tossed around the idea of doing a knit-a-long from Knit, Swirl paired with yarn kits from Mountain Colors. I didn’t disagree but I didn’t jump on joining the KAL either. At TNNA, Sandra McIver, the book author, had a small booth with all the coats from the book. We stopped to chat about the upcoming KAL and I reluctantly allowed Sandra to choose a few for me to try on.
And then I couldn’t get those silly coats out of my head. I poured through the book, finally deciding upon the Sheer Beauty coat – lightweight with mohair and dk. But, woe! I could.not.find both yarns in a color that I liked. The first round of customers ordered their kits and started their Swirls. And one day I decided to make a completely different coat from the book in a color that was a little outside of my usual comfort zone. The kit arrived, I cast on, worked on it in between commission knitting pieces and it wasn’t too long before I realized that I did.not.like the colors. I kept at it, telling myself to reserve judgement until it was finished, but I knew I didn’t want to wear this piece. Fortuitously, a friend loved the color, so we agreed on a trade of Finished Swirl for Yarn.
As soon as I finished that Swirl, I headed out on the DFW Yarn Crawl to search for the Right Color. Literally….I stuck the last pin into the Swirl on the blocking board and then grabbed my keys. Later that afternoon I started a Swirl just for me. And that was all I worked on for the next 11 days. Even though they look rather complex, the Swirl coats are really really really mindless knitting. It was GLORIOUS. Knitting and purling and a few decreases or increases but NO THINKING. And after 11 days, I had a Swirl of my very own that I was very excited to wear.
And so, the first Swirl – modeled by Marion, perfectly fitted (good, yes? because she is the new owner of it)
Pattern: Plum Perfect from Knit, Swirl by Sandra McIver
Yarn: “Reds” kit from Mountain Colors, with Twizzle in Harmony Garnet and Jeanette in Ruby River (this is the lighter color stripe)
Reason I didn’t care for this: WAY more pastel orange than I anticipated. “Reds” made me think a deep cranberry color not blood orange. The yarn bases were lovely and I would work with them again but not in these colors. (Also, reds are very difficult to photograph accurately. Even with color correcting, these photos are too bright)
And now mine:
Yarn: MadelineTosh Vintage in Clematis (the dark purple welts) and MadelineTosh Twist DK in Baroque Violet (the blue-ish stripes)
Mods: I shortened the sleeves by 2 inches and since my gauge (I think – didn’t actually do a swatch) is a little bit off, the coat is a little bit larger. It is TOASTY warm. We went to NYC at the end of October and this was the perfect outerwear piece for walking around the city. A wee bit cold when the wind blew, but very comfortable otherwise.
I’m trying to resist starting one of the other coats in the book. I have too much other knitting to do!