I am always amazed that this twisted hank of yarn can become a sweater. A sweater! Knitting never ceases to amaze me. I bought this Cascade 220 Paints, a worsted weight hand painted wool, a year ago on yarn.com when they had it on closeout. I bought 7 hanks for a little over $4 per hank, $30 isn’t too bad for a sweater quantity of yarn, right? I try to do my best to buy large quantities when they have sales so I can do more. I didn’t have a particular project in mind when I bought this but green is my favorite color so I knew it would be used eventually.
This is my very adorable (and tiny) cousin who graduated from my alma mater last year and moved to Chicago – the city where you can still wear a wool sweater in July. As someone from Georgia, she is not happy about the always cold temps but I am happy to knit her sweaters. Why? Because she is always the smallest size on the pattern! LOL I know that’s a silly reason but it makes the sweater knitting go by quickly and it’s so much easier to follow instructions. So when she was complaining the other day about how the high was only 65 degrees on July 1 (she frequently texts me pictures of the forecast and temperature) I decided I could put this stashed yarn to good use and knit her a cardigan to throw on for those chilly Chicago summer evenings.
I bought the Madder Anthology 2 but hadn’t knit a pattern from it yet and decided the Lillian Cardigan would be a perfect summer sweater for my cousin. Also, I love Carrie Bostick Hoge patterns. They’re easy to follow and the sweaters and accessories are clean, simple and the end result is always beautiful.
I don’t know why but I love picked up bands around cardigans. I’m weird like that. So this was pretty fun. The only change to the pattern I made was to not do a seamed sleeve, I just knit it in the round and still did the decreases per the instructions. It took me three weeks to knit but I also knit myself a top in between (I like to do 2 projects at once). I plan on dropping it in the mail today.
Also my cousin and my dog have a love hate relationship so I thought it was quite hilarious that Cher decided the sweater was meant for her and not my cousin. I have a big fluffy dog bed in my workspace for Cher and she was napping, minding her business and as soon as I put the cardigan on the floor to photograph she hopped down and decided that was where she should rest instead. Oh Cher.