I'm knitting Arboreal by Jennifer Steinglass. This is a top-down yoke sweater and I am using Batik by Stylecraft, a 20% wool yarn. I chose it because the colour really spoke to me. I bought the recommended size and length of circular needles.
So, last time I had cast on the neckline and begun the yoke of stranded colourwork. I have begun topdown sweaters before but have never finished one. I think this is because I don't like circular needles.
There I was at my knitting group happily knitting along when the stitches started to slide off the right hand needle somehow. The cable had pulled out of the point. I realised that it was a screw fitment and wrestled it back in place, picking up the stitches. But then the joint began to fail because the cable was shearing off. Fortunately I had a 4mm circular to hand and was able to transfer the stitches before the cable finally gave out.
Now I am jogging along on the body of the sweater simply knitting round and round. I decided against waist shaping as I don't want it tight across my stomach.
Batik is performing well for a budget yarn and I am happy with the speckle effect. However, twice I have come across a major boggle, once at the end of a ball and once after a knot.
Here the dye changed from a speckle to a solid, once light and once dark. Knitted into the middle of sweater body this would create a distinct and anomalous line. I simply cut the yarn and removed the solid colour sections, but it was a surprise to find them there in the first place.