This sweater is the main reason I wanted to learn to knit, circa 1974. The pattern was from a craft magazine published in the 70s that I think it was called American Home Crafts. It was my favorite of all the magazines at the time but, it was short lived. I knit several sweaters from their pages and still remember each one; however, this is the only one I still have. I am amazed I can even get it on. In the 70s I still had a grrlish (maybe boyish would be a better description) body…today you can see I'm a little 'boobilicous'. The yarn was French and not a natural fiber, with slubs like little rolls of pink and yellow. It was hard to knit, as the plies would separate and bunch up, so it had to be handled delicately. For more detail click here. The fabric was so beautiful that I persevered and also knit a dress of the same yarn, in yellow, for my then 3 year old sister. (I think it still exists, too and may be in my mother's cedar chest.) I share my first sweater with you as it is pink, one of the PS colors this month.
My current knit is Cutaway in a brighter pink. I do love, and have always loved pink but, I'm a big fan of blue, too. (You shouldn't be surprised at all by yesterday's post.) This yarn is one I bought at Estes Park last year (the LYS, 3 Wishes currently carries it, too). I used the same yarn for Blaze and found it enjoyable that I was moved to buy more. It's a fingering weight yarn which makes the fabric very loose and soft. The plain stockinette and the unique shape of the cardigan make a great canvas for some fun embellishments. The flower idea is from the newest Rowan magazine and a trip to the bead store produced some appropriate beads. I'm excited about the possibilities.
In nearing the end of my Sockpal socks and have wondered what sock to knit next. When this colorway, Fire on the Mountain by STR, arrived from Regina I knew the answer. This is the perfect yarn for all the months of Project Spectrum. Maybe a simple stockinette sock will show off the color best unless you all have a suggestion.
Don't forget to get your answer in for the contest in last Friday's post.