Pattern: Carbeth, by Kate Davies. A succinct pattern — I just know if the Brooklyn Tweed folks got hold of this, the instructions would be 10 pages long. I also like the name of the pattern: I think the “peaks” from the shaping reflect the roof lines of the Carbeth huts.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in “Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret.” My first and last experience with Lorna’s Laces; I love the gorgeous color (despite obvious shade differences between individual skeins), but I absolutely hated working with this yarn. Something about the superwash process turned the fiber into a slippery lifeless mess and made the whole knitting experience excruciating. Good thing the sweater was such a quick knit, life is too short to fight yarn.
Modifications: I used the 4th size as template to approximate the amount of ease I wanted (~ 4 inches), adjusted for gauge, and added about an inch to the bottom back via short rows. The sweater was cropped before blocking, but it is now a couple of inches longer as well as closer to +6 inches ease. I suspect it will probably keep growing with wear. One good thing about this yarn: it is so drapey that it is not obvious how large the sweater is now through bust and underarm.
Thoughts (or how I arrived late to the Carbeth party): Many years ago, I took offense at something Kate Davies wrote in her blog. I decided life was too short to keep reading, and that there were certainly enough talented designers out there that I need not buy her patterns. So, that is why I did not know about Carbeth until a few weeks ago. I also did not know anything about the BIPOC/POC movement in the fiber world until a few weeks ago, and it was reading about that issue that led me back to Kate Davies.
I don’t like bullying. I don’t like self-abasement (this particular apology comes to mind). Witch hunters (and people with bad grammar) will never speak for me.
I read about the hunting of Kate Davies, and I decided to knit Carbeth. She will never know about my previous personal boycott, just as she will never know about my current small bit of support. It is enough that I know.