This blog is suffering from serious neglect, isn't it? Oh dear.
Shall we brighten things up with a little bit of lovely spring knitting?
I am still knitting my main Fair Isle project, but I ran out of one of the colours so while waiting for the colour to arrive, I started knitting this project. The yarn was supposed to arrive in winter, but it took 2 months to get to me. I was so upset with the company that sold me this yarn. But the yarn itself is exceptional- chunky but light and airy, and oh-so-soft. The yarn is Cascade Eco + , for any knitter reading this who might want to give it a go. When wearing this I feel like getting a big cozy hug. The whole cardigan used up only about 1.3 skeins of yarn. A skein of Cascade eco is 250g, and when wound up into a ball, it was as big as a football, literally. I bought 2 skeins and have plenty leftover, enough to make Mia a shalom too. Guess how it took me to knit this? A WEEK. Yes, i couldn't believe it either. I'm not a particularly fast knitter, but i guess the chunky yarn and the amazing pattern just comes really quickly.
The original pattern is the popular Shalom, with some modifications. I added long sleeves, three buttons and longer body with no waist shaping. Details on the mods here (ravelry link).
You will find a lot of similarities between this cardigan and my first cardigan. The top down construction, 3 buttons, similar silhouette. I find this type of cardigan not only visually pleasant, but also very practical. It's easy to breastfeed in this cardigan. I don't even need to unbutton, just lift slightly, attach and pull down again to cover up. Almost like a nursing shawl in itself (notice how my clothing choices always revolves around breastfeeding rather than fashion?)
I thought the cardigan was a bit big on me when i finished but after blocking, it neaten up nicely and the slightly loose look feels really comfortable. And of course, you know it's definitely my kind of colour.
Now, I wonder if it'll look great in red, too. I'm sure I can find a spare week somewhere.....