I came back from Skipnorth determined to knit more than socks and scarves for myself by next year. Everyone else seemed to be sporting fabulous knitted sweaters, jackets, cardigans and shawls, and what did I take? Socks, socks, socks. Really, I was not worthy..
I had a think about it on the way there actually, and came to the conclusion that while a lace shawl was going to be a given at some point in the near future, I seemed not to be wearing sweaters any more (too many hot flushes!!) so there was no point in knitting them at the moment. I'm too short and fat for most knitted jackets (the awful Bettna experience taught me that!) so basically, it was cardigans or nothing. Then something dawned on me. I do wear cardigans. All The Time. I wear a cardigan over a thin black cashmere sweater when it's cold, and over a black t-shirt when it's warmer. I wear cardigans out, in fact. So why am I not knitting them by the dozen? Why have I never knitted a cardigan for myself, ever??
Tell you why. It's the twinset image. Only old ladies wear cardies. But...perhaps that's because they're practical garments when you're in the Hot Flush stage? Oh.......
So when I was shopping at SkipNorth I was thinking "Cardigan?" And one of the things I bought was this....
This is Aracunia Nature Multi, 100% wool aran weight in sort of peacock colours. I bought it at Coldspring Mill at a bargain £3.99 a skein. There are 220m per skein so plenty for a cardi.
So I have firmly turned my eyes from the UFO pile and cast on for Mr Greenjeans from Knitty, Fall 2007.
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