Grettir the third. Oh yeah!
I know, I know, I’m boring. It’s already the third Grettir I show you in less than 10 months, but hey, it’s a gorgeous pattern and with all the different color combinations you can use, it’s always a joy to knit.
This time I’ve done it for my younger nephew Pietro who asked for one immediately after seeing the one I gifted to my sister last Xmas. He chose the main color himself and I think it’s very appropriate for him – Brooklyn Bridge (if you were wondering which yarn I used, it’s of course Traveller by CY!) is a lovely mix of dusty blues and grays. It’s a variegated yarn but the colors blend into each other nicely and the variegation isn’t too sharp, perfect for a colorwork sweater. For the yoke I used Bare Traveller as lightest color and Casco Bay for the darkest one. I decided to use Lookingglass for the medium color even if I had just few grams left from other projects and in fact I run out halfway through the yoke. I tried to find some more, but no one was able to help me – Lookingglass is a discontinued colorway – so I came up with a solution that wouldn’t have meant frogging my work and eliminate Lookingglass from the color scheme either. I’ve incorporated to the design a fourth color: Petrified Forest, a warm gray that goes pretty well with all the others colors and picks up the gray side of Brooklyn Bridge. I was worried I wouldn’t like the result, but once I looked at the finished jumper, I breathed a sigh of relief: it’s perfect!
But the drama didn’t end there. When my nephew decided on the colors, CY was very low on the Traveller stock and decided to take it off the site for a while. But the squidlets are so awesome that they dyed for me a three skein batch using some “emergency” skeins put aside just in case. Mine it was totally an emergency as I really wanted to finish this Grettir in time for Pietro’s birthday. Once I got the yarn I started with the body and then I provisionally casted on the sleeves so I could knit the yoke. By then Traveller was back in stock and I bought the fourth skein I needed to finish the sleeves. Of course something had to go wrong. My skein should have been here in Australia by the beginning of February but some idiot decided to send back to US the yarn and I had to wait until mid march to put my hands on it. Pietro’s birthday is long gone now and back in Italy spring is already in the air….I hope he’s gonna love this sweater anyway….I’m so glad I finally finished this Grettir! And do you know what? My other nephew asked for one too so there will be soon a fourth one!