Greetings from the frozen tundra of New England! This weekend has shown us several days with sub-zero lows, and I have been in a sewing and knitting frenzy to prepare! (Why did I leave San Francisco????!!) Thankfully, I was able to (almost) finish some of my warmest projects in time to stave off at least some of the cold.
Today’s make, while not my first “official” finished project of 2016 (my first was a pair of black leggings…so exciting), is my first interesting/blog-worthy make, in my opinion. It is the Hetty cardigan by Andi Satterlund, which I finished just in time to meet the deadline for her Selfish Sweater Knit Along, a post-holiday opportunity to knit for yourself instead of gift making. With our last minute move, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to participate this year, since I had packed all my yarn away in crates, but luckily the crate with my Knit Picks City Tweed aran yarn arrived in plenty of time (of course, the crate with my sewing machines took several more weeks to get here…).
The knitting was pretty straightforward. I usually knit the second smallest size on Andi’s patterns (sometimes that’s a S, sometimes a M), but this time I made the smallest version (size S), since I’ve noticed some excess material around the armholes in my other sweaters. I’m definitely glad I went with that option, as I think this is my best fitting cardigan so far. I also lengthened the sleeves to full-length, since the west-coast-friendly 3/4-length sleeves are not nearly as useful in the frigid northeast.
I reaaaaaaally love the finished result – I don’t have any long sleeved, light colored, neutral cardigans, so I know this is going to make a lot of my existing wardrobe more wearable during the colder months. It’s nice and warm, but also quite soft, since it’s a wool/alpaca blend. The lace pattern makes it more breathable, too, which I appreciate, as I tend to overheat pretty quickly these days (not that I’m complaining!).
The buttons are from my new favorite place/fiber haven, Twill Fabric and Yarn, which is super close to my current (temporary) residence. They also have a lovely knitting group that meets Friday nights, which has become the highlight of my week these days! My Valentine’s Day may have included a yarn bouquet from their shop… 🙂
You can’t really tell from the photo, but the button band is made of gold grosgrain ribbon. Cuz I can…
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend – happy sewing/knitting!