Meet Marlee. I discovered her story of knitting her first sweater on her blog "Have Company" whilst reading Quince & Co.'s post on the knit along for their sweater pattern: Agnes. They've dubbed it the newbie sweater to try out. Looking at their Puffin range of yarn, specifically in the color "shell" makes me super excited to learn. Who wouldn't want to experience the glory of donning a sweater that you knit all on your own. Gosh, sounds lovely!
But the fact is...it's a sweater. I can find my way around a cabled shawl, or a blanket, or even a Katniss cowl. I've also knit up a little clutch bag once. But a sweater seems so daunting...it involves swatching and picking up stitches (a concept that scares me). Yet, I'm still intrigued by the thought of trying it, maybe as a summer project. Sweaters seem to me like blankets. There's so much time and patience and effort put into it. The very time it takes to knit sewn into every stitch. A first sweater may even feel like the cherry on top of a sumptuous mint chocolate chip ice cream sundae--imbued with your courage to start, the hasty stitches you had to rip out, times you persisted, times you took a break. And then, with it's imperfect silver linings, you'll imbue it with your day to day, your Sunday afternoon walks, dinner with friends, the grind.
Marlee's chronicle of knitting her first sweater is informative, hilarious, and inspiring. The prospect of an Agnes knit along is also pretty awesome...who's with me?
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