First up, Phew!
Only one day of knitting, as it turns out. And yes, I'm glad GoodRoseRed won out!
While you are waiting for this one to be seamed, here's a cardi I completed earlier (but somehow didn't get around to blogging, although it has been well worn already!)
Pattern: The ubiquitous February Lady Sweater, or as I like to call her, Ruby Tuesday. Pattern by Pamela Wynne, upsizing the classic Elizabeth Zimmerman February Baby Sweater (shown here for scale - sorry it's a bit dark, the white baby cardigan sucked all the light up!!).
I wasn't sure that this pattern would suit me, given that it's got no shaping, but I decided that I didn't care, as it looked to be such a wearable cardigan. And I'm glad, because I love it, and as predicted, wear it all the time!
Yarn: Cascade 220 in colour 9404, 5 x 100g skeins (thanks, Kim!). The perfect yarn and the perfect amount, I had about 2m left! This is my first time using Cascade 220 and it won't be my last. A fabulous, inexpensive yarn in a huge range of colours. Now if only a yarn store in Sydney would stock it!
The buttons (from the Button Shop in The Rocks in Sydney) cost almost as much as the yarn!! But they are a perfect match, colourwise, and I don't regret buying them!
Sticks: KnitPicks Options 5mm.
Time: I started this last year and got the yoke done and then put it aside - I can't remember why, I suppose it turned into summer and a worsted weight cardi was less important. Picked up again in May and finished quite promptly, in a pseudo race with Bells (which she won...just!!). So 22 June 2008 - 10 June 2009.
What I learnt: I do love knitting a seamless garment!! It feels like it takes forever, but once the body is done and you get to the sleeves, it just flies by!
I love the three-quarter sleeves on this (the observant among you will notice this is the third time I've made a three-quarter or shorter sleeve cardigan this year, and Bruegel will make it four!). Your sleeves don't dip in the food. Or the washing up. Or get in the way of whatever you are knitting at the time! And since our winters are so mild anyway, full-length sleeves are rarely needed!Thanks to my photographer and stylist, the fabulous Ms Margarita!
Love love love!