It takes forever to knit a sweater in the round! Or, that's how it feels sometimes. You can knit for hours and hours and only get two vertical inches. Of course, you've just knit 20 horizontal inches, but that doesn't have the same motivational pull.
You know what else takes forever? Knitting a foldover hem. I'm fond of them, as they are the kind of dressmaker's detail that makes a handmade sweater more interesting than the store bought variety. Still, it's a little taxing to knit those hours and hours for two inches, all the while knowing that those two inches will be folded under and seen only by the wearer.
I'm knitting this sweater in Rowan Pure Wool, and it is so lovely. So soft and light. The under part of the foldover hem is made of some Aran weight Knit Picks yarn. Now, I'm not knocking Knit Picks. I love their yarns, which are such a great deal, but the difference between the Rowan and Knit Picks is astounding. The Knit Picks is stiff and it's clear that no amount of blocking would ever make it drape as well as the Rowan. But that quality is exactly what makes it perfect for a hem: you want a hem to have that kind of sturdiness.
Our stuffed creatures had a relaxing weekend, neither of them feeling compelled to knit a stitch. For those who read the previous post, I should mention I left these two out of the bed's description and they were greatly offended.
I must admit, as I get ready to head off to work tomorrow I find myself a bit jealous of them.