Despite having an almost continual chain of knitting projects on the go very few ever make it onto this blog for some reason. Co-incidentally the last one that did was also pale blush pink and fluffy, unfortunately that one had to be donated to charity as I knitted it from Angora yarn before knowing about the despicable practices being carried out on the Angora Rabbits in China to procure the yarn. This ‘sort- of’ replacement is made from Rowan mohair yarn called kidsilk haze and is also a very different shape as I tend to reach for bigger, longer knitwear pieces these days.
I knitted the lion’s share of this project on the most amazing little holiday the hubby, pooch and I went on last month to Featherdown Farms. We stayed in a tent on a working farm just outside the New Forest.. I call it a tent but it was somewhere between an old fashioned cabin and a tent. It had wooden floorboards and a wood burning stove with a sink, toilet, running water, three bedrooms, real beds and a couch and dining table. It was so incredible to spend four days living by candlelight, drinking red wine from tin mugs, reading, knitting, painting and strolling around the countryside. Last winter I read a book called ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey about a couple in the 1920’s who are living in a little Cabin in Alaska and the whole experience kept on reminding me of the imagery from the novel- luckily minus the feet and feet of snow and scarce availability of food! I really, really didn’t want to leave.
The knitting pattern I used is called Asma and is a Kim Hargreaves design in her beautiful book called Enchanted. I adore her deisgns and own more of her books than I care to mention. I really love the way in which she styles her knitting projects so that each collection has a real theme to it. I did make a few small changes to the design, I lengthened the body and the sleeves slightly as the original design is waist length with three- quarter sleeves. The cardigan is supposed to be knitted with one strand of kidsilk haze and one of Rowan fine lace held together but. instead of this I used two strands of the mohair (kidsilk haze) held together as I had it in my stash and wanted to use them up. I had to use a larger needle size than the one suggested (3.73mm insteadof 3.25mm) as my tension square was coming up small but I’m not entirely sure whether this was a result of the different combination of yarn or just because I generally have a tight knitting tension anyway.
I love how soft and warm this cardigan is without being bulky or heavy to wear. It layers up perfectly under jackets and I have had a hard time taking it off since finishing it. If I were to knit it again however, I would change the angle of the raglan sleeves. It is described as having deep ragalans and this should have been warning enough to me but somehow failed to be! I am really not a fan of anything with baggy sleeves on me and deep raglans automatically equal baggy upper sleeves. Still it is not enough of a complaint to stop me living in it!
Gatsby seems to be a fairly big fan of the candy floss fluff himself!