For the past month I've been knitting with my Christmas present yarn - O-Wool's Local naturally dyed alpaca/wool. I was working on a project with their cotton/wool mix, but my cold fingers craved those soft skeins, the natural color variations of the alpaca and wool coming through the rose colored background of the madder. I chose the Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge because it was simple and that is all I wanted. Nothing fancy because the yarn is pretty enough.
I've determined that I am a loose knitter. The sweater turned out several inches longer than in the pattern pictures, even though I followed the pattern. Though it could also be that this yarn is a little heavier weight than the yarn called for in the pattern; also a worsted weight wool/alpaca blend, but from Quince & Co. I knew that the cardigan would be a loose fit, but it is a smidge bigger in the body than I would like. So basically it is not a sexy sweater, it is a comfortable-keeps me warm-feels heavenly-makes me smile-sweater. And the extra length keeps my bum warm, which is a good thing.
I haven't even taken the time to block it yet - as soon as it was done, it became my daily uniform. I thought about buying nice handmade wood buttons, but then I dove into my button stash and found seven that work just fine. They were my Dad's sister's from the 1970's and they get the job done.
As with most of my projects, I learned something new - in this project it was Sunday short rows. And as usual, the technique is easier than it sounds. The short rows were used to create the curved hemline. There was a lot of stitches to pick up, which isn't my forte, but I think I get a little better each time. Working my brain, lowering my stress, and keeping me warm. I'll keep at it! Happy Friday!