Friday, March 29, 2013

new cardigan



I finished one of my knitting projects. It is a cardigan designed by carrie bostick hoge from quince. The yarn is an undyed organic wool that I bought in Sweden a few summers ago. I have truly enjoyed delving into the wonderful world of knitting again - this is only the second piece I have finished in recent times (you may remember this) and I had forgotten how meditative it is to knit and how easy it is to do it on the go.

I love this yarn—very earthy and real—and I the design feels both rustic and elegant at the same time. And the extra long sleeves are wonderful. Technically I am not so happy with the band along the front edge. Picking up the stitches was difficult and there are some stray mistakes here and there. But I think this cardigan will be both loved and worn despite some flaws.



So far I am doing quite well with my goals from the original what to wear post. I have bought some undies and I splurged on another hand sewn tshirt from Alabama Chanin, but otherwise I am sticking to wearing, using, and improving on what I already have. I also joined the yarn CSA at Juniper Moon Farm, located just a few miles from where I live. I will get a share of their wool harvest sometime this fall - most exciting. Right now it is lambing season at the farm, the photos below are of the most recent arrivals. I invite you to skip over to their blog where they are posting new lamb photos daily. What a great way to celebrate new beginnings. Best wishes for a happy easter weekend.

©Juniper Moon Farm. All rights reserved.

©Juniper Moon Farm. All rights reserved.

©Juniper Moon Farm. All rights reserved.

9 comments:

  1. Your sweater is lovely, and how special that the yarn is from Sweden, our Motherland! The pattern reminds me of Hannah Fettig's Featherweight cardigan, which I just finished. I found it difficult picking up those stitches along the front too - I think you just have to do it, and not worry about it. Difficult, huh?

    Happy Easter to you too!

    Kram

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  2. Beautiful sweater! Reminds me of CocoKnit's Katarina cardigan, which I knit a few years ago (http://evergreenknits.blogspot.com/2010/05/katarina-cardigan.html) and wear all the time. Simple lines, open at the front, with thick garter borders. Actually, kind of uncannily similar now that I think of it!

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  3. I adore your blog, it makes me feel so inspired.

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  4. I think that cardigan is elegant and beautiful.

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  5. It's beautiful Lotta... you are a good knitter, such skill!

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  6. Lovely sweater Lotta. I have started to knit again and was happy to see that I am not the only fool brave enough to knit a sweater with fingering wool. I am enjoying knitting every evening with size 4 needles. It might take me a year to complete the piece!

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  7. The sweater is ever so lovely, Lotta! I bet it feels amazingly cozy and inspiring, especially when spring doesn't seem to act like it should *ahem*

    I've never heard of a wool/yarn CSA! What an incredible idea!

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