Monday, November 3, 2008

Res Completa: Shalom Cardigan

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!

20 comments:

Clumsy Knitter said...

Cute! It certainly doesn't look too small at all. :)

Meghan said...

Aw, Hilary, I'm flattered as always. I'm glad it worked out for you. If it makes you feel better, the original is a bit small on me, so maybe that's just the way it wants to be worn! I just blocked the heck out of it. I'm really hoping to get working on all those new patterns...if only life didn't keep getting in the way! If I ever need a test knitter, you'll be high on the list.

hibou said...

Ooh, I love it! It definitely has that rustic fall feel. And I think the second button was a great choice! In fact, I may copy you when I make mine! ;)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That's a very cute cardigan and looks great on you!

I have to smile - I started to knit (it's been frogged) a cardigan with Shetland soft wool. Boy, was that a misnomer. It's beautiful wool, though, and I might just go up a needle size and make something else. Similarly your wool is beautiful in that special rustic way.

the Lady said...

Eet loochs nice.

Bel said...

That looks completely gorgeous! As always, I love your FOs :)

Thea said...

it looks awesome -- I've had this in my queue for a while, and I'm also intending to use a cream colored wool, but it's languished - now you'll inspire me to move my butt - love the wooden buttons!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful!! Looks lovely on you.

a friend to knit with said...

yep. totally adorable.
and it looks fabulous on you.

Susan said...

That looks great! I added that to my list a couple months ago. Gotta get back to knitting.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Really, really lovely....

Team Knit ! said...

It's beautiful!! I love how short sleeved caridgans do all-season double duty in the fall over long sleeved tees, I think it looks great. Those wooden buttons are brilliant, by the way!

Great job!

- Julie

Philigry said...

i just love this! it is on my to do list! i can not wait for you to blog about that awesome vest you made!

Jodi said...

It looks great, and the wooden buttons are a nice touch with the natural-colored yarn.

BTW, I'm so excited about the classical theme to your blog! I'm a grad student in Classics, so all the Latin makes me very happy.

Ella said...

Oooo - me gusta! The buttons are great - I love how they fit in the with yoke. Nice!

peaknits said...

I love this sweater - I hope to knit it, but I would have to upsize it a bit and trying to do that intimidates me a bit:) Yours is gorgeous and another source of inspiration! Thank you!

Aline said...

That is sooo pretty! Thanks for the links, yum.

hyeknitter said...

yours is beautiful - doesn't look too small to me.

Yarn It said...

It is beautiful! I love it. It doesn't look too small to me either but if it is, you sure wear it perfectly!

Lolly said...

Your version is so pretty! Great choice of the white, and the buttons are really nice too :)