Shh! It’s a secret!

We’ve had an inadvertent blog silence over the last few days. My bad! This is due primarily to a test knit I’m doing, one which I’m not at liberty to show you. But I can tell you it’s a garment, and I’m using this yarn:

red-gray Schaeffer Anne

That is Schaefer Anne (ravlink), a discontinued light fingering mohair/merino blend. There have been numerous problems with this yarn bleeding, and it felts if you breathe damply on it, but neither of those issues will matter a whit to this project. I look forward to being able to share more with you about this eventually, but for now, that’s as much as I can say!

I’ve done some little test knits and sample knits in the past, but this one feels special somehow. Very rarely, I browse the ravelry groups of test knitters, and even more rarely, I see something I would like to knit. I’m primarily a sweater and sock knitter, with an occasional scarf or shawl here or there, and that leaves out a lot of potential knits: baby items, blankets, toys, dish cloths, hats (I knit them, but right now, I’m bored with them), gloves and mittens (not a fan — prefer leather gloves with a thinsulate lining), bags, ponchos, and so on. For most knitters, those smaller items are standard knitting. But I’m more a sweater and sock girl.

And even there, I tend to rule out a lot of possible patterns on design features. Socks, to me, are mindless knitting, and I’m happy to keep it that way. I knit two kinds of socks: with a 7″ or thereabouts ribbed leg that can be folded down into a cuff, or footies like these pink heathered shorties with no leg at all. I keep a sock-in-progress in my purse always, as my emergency “I can’t believe I’m stuck in this waiting room” knitting.

For sweaters, there are a lot of design elements I shy away from. I prefer a close fit at the armscye, so this rules out a lot of circular yokes, dolman sleeves, dropped sleeves, and similar shapes. A round yoke or raglan yoke will make my shoulders look narrower and more sloped than they already are — and really, I don’t need to accentuate my narrow, slightly sloped shoulders. Almost every sweater I knit has either a set-in sleeve or a saddle sleeve, which I automatically modify to get better seamlines at the armscye.

All of this is to say, I scan the test knitting groups, but I don’t usually expect to find patterns I want to test. So when I saw this particular one and gasped aloud at how cool it is, I volunteered on the spot. It shouldn’t take long to knit, but I won’t be able to show you project pics as this one is on the needles, and maybe not until much later, when it is eventually released.

Have you ever done any pattern testing? Did you enjoy the process?