This cute little number is named In the Thick of It for a few reasons. The first is because I feel it accurately describes where I am at with this whole 100 Baby Sweaters project. Still pretty far towards the beginning of the whole thing, but deep enough in that everything is getting real. I am in the thick of it. The second is probably more obvious; it is made with very thick yarn.
After my experiences with the Collar Pop pattern of last week, wherein I recrocheted the dang thing about 10 times with fingering weight yarn, I decided my next crochet pattern was going to be something that was made of the thickest yarn I could possibly find in order to save my wrist, time, and sanity. Using extra bulky wool may be a bit reactionary, I’ll admit, but I’m happy with the results. I generally prefer knitting & crocheting with thinner yarns (at least nothing thicker than worsted), so this was a good way to get out of repetitive habits. This is also why I decided to make it purple, because I don’t tend to gravitate towards purple as a general rule, and while pushing myself in one oft-neglected territory why not push myself into another? You can, of course, make it out of what ever color your heart desires.
Like I said, I’m happy with the results. I think I need to think about using thicker yarn more often, it certainly has it’s charms–the quickness with which you can finish not being the least amongst them. Actually, one of my favorite things I ever made as far as pure snuggly wearability goes was this very thick cowl, but I left it at a restaurant one night and when I went back the next day the hostess didn’t know anything about it. Though she was acting rather suspicious, so you know, it probably is now being loved by some waitress who worked there and discovered it. I can’t really blame her (this theoretical, sneaky waitress or perhaps patron of said restaurant). It was pretty friggin awesome. Ce la vie.
By the way, I showed this sweater to our goats.
Just sayin, you know. It’s goat approved.