for getting stuff done. Including knitting, as it happens.
It's only 26 January, and I have completed two items so far this year! This is the second finished item - the featherweight cardigan, knit from my own knitabulous FiftyFifty (a merino/silk blend fingering weight yarn).
I can't describe to you how much I love it. These pictures are just not giving you the true picture.
It is almost weightless. The front bands curl just a little bit at the bottom, which is a lovely soft feature. It is the perfect length. The sleeves are elbow length and wide, just like I like them. Even the difference in the colour of the skeins is hardly noticeable irl, although it looks pretty obvious in the pictures. And the yarn, I know it's my yarn, but it's freaking gorgeous yarn.
If I were to admit to you that this is the first garment I have ever knit that I consider good enough to wear, it might give you an idea of how much I love this cardigan.
I really hope to get a good shot me wearing it, but I don't have a photographer in the house. I have a few knitting outings planned in the next few weeks, so hopefully someone with a sympathetic eye will oblige. In the meantime, you're just going to have to take my word for it.
I would like to knit another one in wollmeise, maybe even with stripes. To that end, I've been accumulating the wollmeise a little bit lately, I've got quite a collection now. But I'll save that for another day.
So, what did I do when I finished the featherweight cardigan? I started another cardigan, of course!
Here's the kelmscott cardigan up close.
And here's the progresss - a whole left front completed.
I'm onto the back next, because the decreases for the neckline in the left front involved making sure the decreases are paired with the increases - eliminating any unpaired decreases whilst shaping the neckline and the armhole together. The kind of up and down stitch count of the panel made it a bit tricky. So I can't face the right side just yet - I hope I'll remember what my rudimentary shorthand with a highlighter on the pattern means when I do get there!
Also, there'll be yarn in the shop tonight - and if I promised you a custom dye in the last few weeks, I've finished it.
And the kids go back to school this week - we've had the best holiday - my son is almost a man and my daughter isn't far behind (but not almost a man) - it's a very exciting time for them right now.