As I’ve said last week I want to start a bigger project and report back to blog about its progress on the weekend. I’d like to make a cardigan for this summer that will look good on a dress. Usually I look for a pattern first and end up buying new yarn for it but now I thought I might use up some of my stash. (Also, this will make more room for new yarn!) Yesterday evening I did a little stash diving and I came back up with these possibilities:
Cascade 220 in bubble gum pink:
GGH Baby Alpaka in Cherry pink/red
Wollmeise Pure in pink (Colorway: ” So long kitty”. Perfect name.)
To be combined maybe with this one skein of Wollmeise Twin:
And lastly, I have this light blue Jamieson&Smith Aran.
I liked the Jamieson&Smith and the Wollmeise the best and after an hour of so on Ravelry I came up with these options:
For the Jamieson&Smith I liked either Ramona:
…or Acorn Trail:
And for the Wollmeise I really liked two Quince&Co patterns: Stockard…
I liked them all but I thought for a summer cardigan the Wollmeise would suit better. I wasn’t sure though so I asked the instagram and facebook hive mind. Most votes went to the Florence cardigan so that made the decision a lot easier and I have just enough yarn for it with just the two skeins of Wollmeise Pure. (fingers crossed!)
Now, usually I wind my yarn when I’m at Stephen + Penelope but as the shop was closed today I had no choice but to wind it by hand. My old upstairs neighbor gave me this lazy susan yarn holder and I thought I’d finally put it to use:
I hung the yarn over the backs on two chairs…
…and I spent a good part of this Sunday afternoon winding my Wollmeise.
I had hoped to cast on tonight but I had forgotten that swatching can’t really be avoided when knitting a cardigan. So I did:
I made a proper swatch, enough to measure out 10×10 cm…
…and even blocked it!
Tomorrow when it’s dry I’ll measure and I hope I am on gauge – the fabric does look like it has enough drape now. I plan to cast on tomorrow and maybe I’ll have some real progress to show you next week. Stay tuned…