Last year in November, I completed the Annabel cardigan. I loved how toasty warm the Quince & Co. Osprey yarn was, but the wide neckline of the cardigan still left me cold. Also, the arms were pretty wide, so I thought it could use an update. I pulled out the sweater and started frogging. The problem was that I did not have any extra cream colored yarn and only a little ball of the red color, so I had to get creative. I frogged the arms first, made them thinner, and so had some yarn to work with. I frogged the wide neckline and added a couple more rows plus ribbing. I frogged the bottom hemline pulled off a button so I could use it at the top. I had more red than cream, so I had to change the pattern at the bottom, plus I wanted pockets. I had run out of yarn by this time, so the pockets are lined with leftover alpaca/wool. Not a bad thing to keep my hands toasty. This is the result. It still isn't perfect - I didn't pay attention to the ribbing at the bottom (there was a lot of late night-just want to get it done-knitting) and so the side that ends with 2 knit stiches pulls in. Oh well, with every project, I learn something new. I'm calling it my Kitchen Sweater. I am in the kitchen A LOT and since our house is almost always chilly, I have been wearing this non-stop. When I have to run outside for a minute, the pockets come in handy. Nothing fancy, but much more practical than the first version.
Then while digging in my yarn stash, I realized that I had two whole skeins leftover from the Nutkin that I made for my mother-in-law last year. It was Berroco Ultra Alpaca in a pretty dark ultramarine color. I didn't really want it in a shawl - a bit too dark I thought to show much detail - but I thought it would be perfect in a simple pullover. I followed the Annabel sweater pattern - I know, I know, this is getting repetitive, but I didn't have many options with only two skeins. Knitting up the Ultra Alpaca on size 10 1/2 needles makes it really drapey and I JUST had enough for a short sleeved cropped boxy sweater to pull on over long sleeve t-shirts.
I believe that I am done with garter stitch for a while. It isn't my favorite, but it worked for these two projects. I am super excited about the new yarn I ordered from O-Wool. Unfortunately, I have a deep gash in my hand from a broken glass and it is pretty hard to knit one-handed. I am really itching to knit and am feeling a bit antsy without a project, but at least I finished this sweater before I got injured, otherwise I would really be going nuts because I hate having unfinished projects sitting around without any progress being made on them. I know - really big problems that I have. However, I did want to say that I am trying to heal the wound with a homemade salve and lavender oil and if I manage to do it without causing my thumb to fall off, I'll let you know. My husband said that I really should have at least one stitch, but that isn't my cup of tea. I prefer homegrown mint and stevia at the moment. Happy weekend everyone!