I finally did it. I cast on for Rydraud. It's a free pattern on Ravelry from Steinunn Birna Gudjonsdottir and it's a beauty. I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a novice knitter...the pattern is rather sketchy, and the yarn is challenging. But not as challenging as I feared, which was the reason I've put off the start for so long.
The Plotulopi comes in large 'plates' of unspun Icelandic wool (I ordered mine from Tolt, but Schoolhouse Press also carries it)...
The directions say you can knit from these plates, but while this one was tied and contained, the three dark grey plates were not. As I separated the dark stack, they started to tangle.
I v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y wound them into balls, and even being ever so careful, I found the yarn easily breaking.
This is probably the first time in my knitting history that being an extremely loose knitter has been to my advantage. After the 6cm broken rib edging, the yarn has broken less. (Of course it's going to break when a 23 pound enthusiastic Freddy pounces on it.)
The cardigan is knit in the round with only two purl stitches at the beginning of the row to position where the steek will be cut. I can tell already it's going to be impossible to see this without somehow outlining it in a light colour. I'll worry about that later.
The yarn reminded me a lot of the unspun Lopi Icelandic wool that was distributed by Reynolds years ago and that is now discontinued. It appears these same 'Reynolds' yarns are now sold and distributed by Istex (the Icelandic producer of the Plotulopi) under the name Alafoss Lopi.
This sweater was knit at least 15 or 20 years ago with Reynold's Lopi. It has worn amazingly well and is still loved by me and a whole new generation of pups who get walked in the winter while I wear it. (I'm sure Freddy is not associating the sweater with a walk...he simply loves to roll around in my photo shoots.)
Here's hoping the Rydraud will wear as well!
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The winner of Knit Local in the 5 year blogiversary drawing is Dawn'l. Yes. Today was the day...5 years ago...that I hit the publish button---twice, and made a duplicate post. I've been stuttering my way through ever since. Thanks for joining me on my knitting journey!!!