My Midwinter Cardigan is almost complete. It’s in that stage where it’s so close, but there’s still enough knitting left to keep me busy. One sleeve. That’s all. It’s testing my patience because I want more than anything is to set in the sleeves and wear it, but… one sleeve.
Last night, I blocked the body and the one finished sleeve, and I’m working on getting that sleeve finished. My goal is to be wearing this cardigan by the weekend, and with how cold it has been in southern Ontario, having a warm sweater to wear will be delightful.
I have loved everything about this project, from the bulky yarn it called for, making it a quick knit (I used 7 hanks of Berroco Vintage Chunky), to the cabling down the front, which made knitting long rows more interesting. I managed to get gauge with using 7.5mm needles, a somewhat awkward size. To make the sleeves, knit in the round, I tried my hand at the Magic Loop for the first time. It took me a while to get used to this new-to-me technique, and it also was an adjustment to not get ladders where the stitches were divided; ultimately I got used to this method and sleeve number two is knitting up like a dream.
Finally, I love that the yarn I bought for this project was the first yarn I wound on the swift my father made for me. I bought the yarn a) for this project, and b) so that I could use my new knitting toy, hand made by my amazing father. This cardigan will always remind me of that beloved Christmas gift.
Now excuse me while I continue to work on this sleeve…