If Tragedy's Appealing...
Pattern: Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL in Blue Green
Needles: US 3 and 4
This project started with shining inspiration and ended with compromises I'm not thrilled about, but it all worked out for the best, so who am I to complain? When I first saw the cardigan, I knew it wanted to be a pull-over with a lace placket. It also had to be tweedy, because...tweed! Right? Right.
I got the yarn cheap when the yarn shop closed, even though I knew beforehand that I wasn't a huge fan of it. It's a scratchy wool (this coming from someone who loves woolly, scratchy wool), despite it's very deceptive name. Is there real silk in this wool? We may never know. I hear the regular Silky Wool is nice, though. I also bought this wool knowing it's labelled aran, but that it's actually lighter. It wasn't as light as I thought. It's worsted and I was banking on it being closer to sport, for some reason. That's my own fault. The one thing I did get right was the color. I need some green in my wardrobe.
I had to make some gauge adjustments, which meant some math had to be done (yuck), which means the sweater doesn't have quite the ease and fit I had planned, but it's not bad. I wanted full-length sleeves and had the yarn to do it, but I got so tired of scraping my skin on it as I knit that I couldn't stand to knit past the 3/4 sleeve mark. I was very careful to get the 3/4 length just right, though. some of my other 3/4 sleeves are more like half-sleeves because I get impatient and stretch things when I measure. I'm getting better at not doing that anymore. :)
Now I have a beautiful sweater and a full skein of this yarn that I don't really want to work with again. What's a girl to do? Wear the fabulous sweater and find someone who likes the yarn, I suppose. It could be far, far worse. :) The pattern is great, by the way. Heidi Kirrmaier is a fabulous designer.
How are your KAL projects coming along? I'm doing the quick and easy ones first, so I'm not moving as quickly as it might seem. Besides, I have so many WIPs and so much stashed yarn that a year might not even be enough time to get through it all, let alone the month of April. If you've finished something or are still plugging along merrily on a project, leave a link to your blog post or just tell us about it in the comments! I love to hear what you're working on!
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