This sweater marks the official end of summer, or rather, my summer knitting. I started this sweater on my way to Calgary, Alberta, in July when I was anticipating an amazing hiking trip in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. I finished it just in time for the chilly weather to set in and have worn this sweater as often as possible so far!
Pattern: Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane (FREE at Involvingthesenses.blogspot.com)
Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds - 5 balls (4 were just right, but I made some modifications that required additional yarn)
Colorway: Dark Grey Welsh
Needles: Size 7mm Crystal Palace Bamboo
Started: July 25, 2009
Finished: October 17, 2009
Notes: I stole several hours on October 17th to finish the cardigan thanks to a dress rehearsal that got out extremely early. It was either knit or go home and paint walls... tough decision...
Modifications: I used similar modifications like Ishi on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ishi/shalom-cardigan), adding two additional buttons down the front...
...and also adding some short sleeves.
It took me a while to get used to knitting this yarn. The yarn was a little hard on the hands and scratchy. Its redeeming qualties include a delightful "sheepy" smell and a natural look that cannot be beat. I was quickly won over by the overwhelming warmth and comfort of the finished fabric. I'm glad I decided not to make it with long sleeves.
These fine friends also enjoy hanging out and snacking on the fire bush that I am standing in front of.
Can't wait to put up a fence around my garden next year... HUMFFFF!
Happy Fall and Happy Knitting!
(PS - Post #2 for November!!)