Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along. The KAL was to officially end yesterday, but it looks like most everyone voted for a two week extension, which is all kinds of awesome, because it means there's a good chance I'll get to finish my second sweater before the actual deadline! Whoot! Whoot!
The purpose of the summer sweater knit along is to keep knitting through the hot months of the summer so that you have a shiny new something ready to wear come the cooler temperatures of fall. It turns out that finished project number one for me goes with absolutely nothing in my fall wardrobe, but no less than four dresses in my summer wardrobe. Ooops! But that's ok. My fall wardrobe needs some boosting up anyways. I'm sure I'll come up with something that will work with my new bright red Sunshower cardi!
(as an aside... I'm looking for inspiration in the fall sewing department! I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have for me! I've had a couple suggestions for Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress. I'm thinking of Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans. What else do you have for me?)
Anyways, back to our regularly scheduled posting about my new cardi.
Like all of Andi Satterlund's designs I've knit so far (Salt, Miette, Hetty, Myrna, Marion, Vianne and now Sunshower) it is an easy to follow pattern. I love the way her patterns are written up, and I love the vintage vibe of her cardigans. They're perfect for popping on over a dress too. Did I mention this latest one goes with four dresses in my closet?!? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that! My only modification to this pattern was my usual one that I do on Andi's cardigans which is to eliminate some of the waist shaping so it doesn't have quite so much negative ease.
I used Ella Rae Classics in Monarch red from Webs for my Sunshower. It is a bit scratchier than I remember Ella Rae Classic being - but then I've not used this particular yarn in about six or seven years and that was for a pair of mittens so maybe I've just forgotten. Or maybe it's not actually that scratchy in reality and the hives that suddenly appeared on my arm this morning (what the heck?!?!) are just making me a bit more sensitive. Who knows. I normally wear Briggs & Little without batting an eyelash, so c'est la vie. Scratchy or not, I think this cardigan will be getting lots of wear in the future!
Knitting of this one was a bit of a challenge for me. Not because of the pattern mind you, but because sometimes I'm just a bit daft about things. I posted a week and a half ago about my fudging the pattern and then having to go back and re-knit it. Well, things like that just seemed to keep happening. Maybe I've been distracted or maybe I've just taken leave of my senses as of late. I am not sure, but whatever the case I was glad to finally make it to the sleeve cuffs without further incident! I had initially planned to do the sleeve caps individually then continue the rest of the sleeve two at a time, as I normally do, but my circular needle was both too inflexible and too short for it to be a convenient method. I was driving myself batty dropping stitches and trying to keep sorted where the centres were. I gave up a few rounds in, put the sleeves back on separate needles and zipped through the first sleeve up to the cuff in an evening. The next evening I tackled the second sleeve, then put them back on the too short, too stiff circ for the cuffs. I hate trying to keep track of ribbing and I figured it was easier to suffer through the TAAT with a bad needle then count rounds. It worked and I finished it up pretty easily a few days ago!
Next up is going to be finishing up my Antrorse! I'm so close - six more rounds of the bottom band, then onto the sleeves. I have a beautifully long and flexible circular needle so it should be no problem to two at a time them!
I had told myself that after Antrorse is finished I would focus on holiday gift knitting exclusively, but Andi's gone and thrown a big ol' wrench in that plan. (Yep. I'm blaming her. Not my lack of will power in the face of a new pattern. Nope. Not that at all...) She's gone and published another cardigan pattern this week and I'm completely smitten with it. Not only that. She's planned a Knit Along for it. I resisted for about 30 seconds and then decided I'll spend the rest of this month focusing on gift knitting so that when the KAL starts the beginning of October I can knit, somewhat guilt free, on Penelope. Take a look at those gorgeous scallops and tell me that you would have been able to resist. I didn't think so! If resistance is as futile for you as it is for me, you should join the KAL on Ravelry. It'll be fun! (and Andi's even got a discount for the pattern going on right now!) I'm dreaming of colour combinations right now and thinking that I have a nice caramel coloured DK for the main colour and if it works a really nice wine colour for the scallops and the button band already sitting in my stash... Fate? I think so!