Winter Means Knitting
Let me just start by saying, I am never going to win any prizes for speed knitting. This project was started close to a year ago when winter projects were still on my mind. With the beginning of the warm weather though, it lay around gathering dust until I picked up my needles again when autumn started creeping up on me.
The pattern I used was from a Sabrina magazine that I picked up at my local bookshop in Autumn 2012. I did have a small issue with the sizing though as the yarn that they suggest I use was not the actual way we measure yarn in New Zealand. After a little bit of pattern comparison, I decided on a size that I thought would fit with my chosen wool. It is a 5 ply 100% European wool that I picked up at Lincraft in a sale last year. It was of lovely quality despite it's economical price of a mere $27 for the entire cardigan, including a sizeable amount of leftovers.
I did find with the pattern that the sleeves were abnormally tight which would have meant not wearing anything underneath. I prefer to wear an extra layer under a wool cardigan to avoid any possible itch. I had nearly completed the first sleeve when I found this little gem out, so was forced to undo my good work, putting this project back further.
I was lucky enough to find two perfectly sized buttons in my stash that matched the cardigan perfectly.
I completed this cardigan a week ago and already it has had two outings. I had forgotten how cozy a hand knitted wool cardigan is for the winter. I used to knit for myself all of the time pre children, but hand knitting fell out of favour for quite a few years, so my knitting efforts were reserved for keeping the kids warm as opposed to myself.
I am pleased I have chosen to pick up the needles again and it has certainly come in handy over the weekend when I was stuck on the couch, after an emergency route canal on Saturday morning in response to the worse tooth ache and infection I have ever experienced. My knitting proved to be a great companion to the tv and antibiotics that have been my life since then.