|Shawl: Line Break|
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Bluefaced Leicester DK 6.5 skeins
Colour: Natural Brown
Needles: 4.5mm and 3.75mm for ribbing
1) I really wanted a cardigan that I could snuggle into during the cold winter months. The long range forecast in Ontario is for a very cold winter. Whatever happens I will be ready with this cozy cardigan. I started this cardigan at the end of February and then put it away and didn't touch it until a few weeks ago. Then on my long trek to Rhinebeck I got a big chunk of it done.
2) Hannah Fettig's pattern gives the knitter two options: either seamed or non-seamed. I decided to go with knitting the pieces flat and then seaming them together. I find seamed cardigans are much more structured and the small pieces are manageable to cart around and work on. Sometime ago I knit Hannah's Calligraphy cardigan, seamless from the top down, and I find that it continually falls off my shoulders. I don't know if that has to do with the lack of seaming, but I am sure that it has some connection. I also wanted to work on my seaming skills, and with this kind of yarn, it was great for hiding any mistakes.
3) I bought this yarn a few years ago on a wonderful trip to Scotland that I took with my family. Isn't it fun to knit with yarn that you associate with good memories? The yarn smells so sheepy too, which I love and has a lovely halo. It blocked beautifully and resulted in a very warm DK weight sweater. It would be perfect for hats or mitts too. Here's a child's hat I knit with this same yarn:
|Gray Rose: by Thea Colman|
4) The pattern is well written and easy to follow. To be honest it was a bit boring, knitting all the rows of stockinette, and then 8.5 inches of ribbing for the collar. However, I knew that it would be totally worth it, as it is one of those wardrobe staples that will get a lot of wear.
On the Needles:
Now that my cardigan is finished I have a number of items that I need to turn back and focus on.
Antler Mittens by Tin Can Knits knit in Madelinetosh Chunky in the colourway Smokestack.
I love the way the cables are popping on these mitts that I am knitting for a Christmas gift. As suggested by Espace Tricot's blog I am going to knit a liner for them. Anyone that lives in a city that has temperatures that drop down to -30 degrees Celsius knows that liners are essential to keeping warm.
Lanterns by Sylvia McFadden knit in the luxurious Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere DK. As this pattern is written for a fingering weight yarn I have to adjust the pattern and figure out which needle size to go with. I started using a 4mm but I stopped because I wonder if I should be using a 3.75mm. I have to play around with it for a bit, but I am anxious to get this gorgeous pattern done.
I hope you are all finding time to knit too! Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.