My first Hourglass Sweater did grace me with not less than nine left over balls of Diasilkombrer which I was not so happy with anyway. Given that it needed only six balls of that yarn in the first place (I sure bought enough yarn to not run out of it), I felt really bad about that part of my stash.
The problem with the yarn was that it quickly, after just a few times of wearing the sweater, looked misty or hazy. It also pilled quite diligently. About three weeks ago I thought (while thinking about my stash - you do that too, don't you?!) why not put the Diasilkombrer in a pretty haze deliberately, knitting it two stranded with some super fluffy mohair like the Hamanaka Parfait I used for the border of my Fancy Kerchief?
I did a swatch right away and was very happy with the result. Clearly a way to rescue two yarns from my stash at the same time!
As for the Parfait I should say that while I love this yarn for borders or accents when crocheting (in combination with some straight and honest unfluffy rustic wool), I clearly do not like mohair in general. I did have four balls of the Parfait because I once thought I would use it for a lace shawl, but as it seems one of the things I feel most uncomfortable with is knitting lace with light, fluffy mohair.
I then looked for a pattern on DROPS and settled on 74-26 because it looked as it would be roomy enough for my not so thin arms. Et voila! It was the right pattern. I did knit myself a nice, little cardigan. So happy and excited about it! I changed the neckline a bit, made the cardigan in size M and am quite content with all the haze around me. The Diasilkombrer seems well protected and also a bit hidden and I really like the colours together.
The shell buttons are from some piece of clothing I have been throwing out about 15 years ago, perfect size and shade, all minty-purple-shimmering...
I couldn't be happier about this cardigan!
Oh, and I start to get used to that new composer here on Typepad.
Thanks for reading!