The weekend was beautiful! It was just under 80 degrees and cloudy off and on, which made it perfect sweater weather. The sky was so blue and the fluffy clouds looked like like they would be fun to run through and roll around in. I wanted to reach out and touch them...squeeze them.
Yes, that is the finished Manos Cotton Stria Eyelet Cardigan. She is finally finished, finally out of my WIP pile, and that feels almost as good as being able to wear this lovely sweater. The yarn is nice, soft and easy to knit. It's the best cotton yarn I've used in some time and I love the way the color shades and shadows in the finished fabric (which sadly doesn't show up well in the photos).
The soft cotton was comfortable even as the day warmed up and the fabric relaxed as it was worn. Two little silver buttons hold the sweater closed and are a nice subtle embellishment. Patterns with texture are fun to knit and in the photo below you can see the stitch pattern and some of the color shading. Eyelet will be a nice sweater through the fall with blue jeans or when dressing up a bit, too.
When I started this sweater I weighed a little less and my thought had been to make the sweater smaller than it was pictured in the pattern to show off my grrlie figure. But, it's been tough to keep ALL the weight off that I lost last year when dealing with back pain. The resulting pounds will likely stay and that's OK (but must insure no more take up residence). So, I need your advice as true grrlfriends (and guy friends, too)....does this sweater make me look fat?
Pattern: Eyelet Cardigan from Design Source Cotton Collection 2
Yarn: 9 skeins Manos Cotton Stria - Color Violet (Purchased at Black Sheep Wool Co.)
Needle: Addi Turbo size 7
Changes to Pattern: Made 2" longer in body and sleeves.
Time to Knit: July 5 - August 27, 2006