Once again, I have been sucked into the instant gratification of micro-blogging on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is so much easier updating friends, family and anyone who would care to listen about what’s going on with me on those sites than it is to upload photos and compose a semi-decent post here. But blogging will always hold a special place in my heart. I just need to devote more effort into it. And I will. Promise.
Please forgive me for allowing dust bunnies to gather everywhere on the blog. It just couldn’t be helped. Even the random Wordless Wednesday posts felt like cheating. I’m going to try and make up for it this weekend, but oh dear I hope that doesn’t mean you will be sick and tired of me by Sunday!
Let me ease into it with some knitting, shall I? This project was completed in October last year and worn a few times since, but I have not been able to blog about it until now.
The yarn was re-purposed. It was my first sweater-quantity Sundara Sport Merino (the original version) bought from a destash. I had an almost finished Gathered Pullover but frogged the entire thing because I could not figure out how to pick up for the sleeves. I nearly finished off the armhole with an i-cord bind off and called it done but the armhole was a little too big for it to be a sleeveless vest. Anyway, years after that trip to the frog pond, the yarn found its destiny!
After knitting the cardigan, it was time to search for the perfect closure. My first Goodale followed the pattern to a T, even the i-cord loop for the buttons. But I didn’t like that so I decided for this next version I was going to use a clasp. Knit Picks had a small but decent collection and this is where I found my clasp. It is a nice weight without being too heavy as to weight down the cardigan. The fabric relaxed a lot after blocking.
I added a bit of length to it but didn’t do the wider fronts for the faux pockets. I was also more mindful of the slipped stitches this time because the first one had uneven, rather large slipped stitches and I just didn’t want that again. I am really happy with how this turned out. I always knew I will make a garment with this yarn. The cardigan is light enough to be worn indoors during the hotter months so I am making the most of it. I’ve worn it a couple of times to work already and it is light enough to carry around during weekend trips to the mall or the cinema.
Needles: US 7 – 4.5 mm, US 3 – 3.25 mm
Yarn: Sundara Yarn Sport Merino, colourway: Mint Julep
How much: 675 yards, 3 skeins
Cast on: 1 Oct 2013
Cast off: 21 Oct 2013