Whoa! Actual knitting on this blog! I was finally home during daylight hours this weekend and was finally able to get some photos of my recent knitting adventures. I sure love the fall, but boy is it hard to run a decent blog when it's both dark when I leave the house in the morning and twilighty when I return. Anyway, here's a project finished way back in September...
Pattern: Shalom Cardigan, by Meghan McFarlane of Involving the Senses
Yarn: 2 hanks of Fingerlakes Woolen Mill 3 Ply Soft Wool
Needles: US 10.75
Notions: Two wooden buttons from Main St. Antiques in Turlock
Start to Finish: September 27-30, 2008
Mods: I made the mistake of thinking the pattern as written would be very slightly too big for me, and due to my downsizing it turned out very slightly too small. My mistaken mods simply involved increasing a little bit less than called for in the yoke section. I did also add a second button and buttonhole, but I'm not sure it was necessary.
Notes: It may be a little small, but I love it! This is such a neat, fun, and quick pattern -- and the end product is adorable. It started out as a mini-knitalong between Sophy and me, though she blogged hers (in a beautiful raspberry with very cool buttons) almost 3 weeks ago. Ugh, I am so far behind. Anyway, I absolutely adore the twisted ribbed yoke of Shalom and think it might make a pretty neat pullover as well. Hmm...
I am very happy with the way the yarn and pattern paired together. Fingerlakes Soft Wool is not quite as soft as the name might imply, but I think it's lovely and I love the rustic look it produces when knitted up (it has a slightly rustic smell as well...).
One final thing -- if you have not checked out Meghan's blog, Involving the Senses, you definitely should! (Check out her profile by CanarySanctuary, too.) This gal just oozes creativity and I am hoping she comes out with more fabulous patterns in the future!