Nov 14, 2011

It's Time ...

I am so excited to finally be able to say that I've cast-on my first (adult) cardigan and plan to focus on this project for the remainder of the month.  I have a few WIPs on my (other) needles that I'll continue to work on, but I want to spend most of my knitting time working on this cardigan. 

Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light

So, what pattern did I choose?  It almost felt like fate when after musing over many, many cardigan patterns that I have admired over the months, Hannah Fettig released her Autumnal cardigan last week.  It was truly love at first sight.  In fact, I got so excited, I emailed my friend, Wei Siew, in New Zealand and gushed about how much I loved this design.  She knows how much I've been wanting to knit myself a cardigan and I wanted her keen eye and advice.

I love its shape and simplicity, two things that characterize the way I like to dress.  And I love it's shawl collar which I find flattering on most anyone.  Wei Siew and I chatted away and eventually, we decided to do a KAL, and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that she's going to do this with me.  She's a much more expert knitter than I am so I feel relieved knowing I can lean on her when I hit a rough spot or need a little nudge to get past a certain point.  

7 of the 12 cakes I need for this cardigan

I immediately ordered my 12 skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Mahogany Mix and jumped up and down when Mark came in from the post box on Saturday and my yarn package had arrived.  Ohhh, there's really nothing like getting yarn in the mail (read my post about wool clubs).  

So, here I go, friends.  I know that many of you are incredible cardigan knitters and you've inspired me to kick my knitting up a notch.  In the back of my mind, I'm hoping that I can finish this cardigan in time for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't that be great to wow my mother, sisters, and nieces with my very own Autumnal cardigan? I've added this to my year of projects so I better get knitting!


  1. Yea, gad, Evelyn. This looks like an awful lot of knitting. What a giant undertaking.
    12 skeins ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Power to You ! ! ! !

    I am going to love watching as this project grows and grows. I know it's going to be a very used cardi when you finish.

    I'm here rooting for ya, gal.


  2. WOW that is one huge project on some relatively small needles. It will be a beautiful FO though; I can't wait to see it on. Also, if you finish it by your back-of-mind date you kick a&&!

  3. oooh, good luck! I am sure you will be fine, it has to be less effort than a blanket, doesn't it?

  4. Yay! I love the idea of working on your cardigan as a KAL with a long distance friend! The color looks great, too.

  5. I love that you are doing a KAL!!!! It will be good to compare your progress with KiwiKnits as you go. And by Thanksgiving to be finished!!?? I love that you are accepting the challenge! Good luck, speedy needles and no mistakes!

  6. Yeah for you Evelyn! What a beautiful choice as yoru first sweater. Love the yarn. Good luck and I can't wait to watch your journey into the sweater knitting world. whoo hooo.. :)

  7. Wow, I can see why you're excited! That is a beautiful cardi! The yarn is gorgeous, I can only imagine how soft it is, and the colour is gorgeous.

    Good for you to knit to that go girl!

  8. I'm starting to feel the pressure. I shall get out of blogland and starting knitting!!!

    What fun this is going to be. :-)


  9. Well done Evelyn, it's going to be great and I know you can do a beautiful job! xx

  10. What luxury! What a comfy cardi. Great hue you chose for it.

  11. What a perfect colour choice for the Autumnal cardigan!! It's going to be beautiful.

  12. Gerry sent me to your blog. She and a few other friends have gotten me started on knitting. I do love the brown yarn you have selected for your cardigan.

  13. love the colour you've's going to be gorgeous!