First of all, let me thank you for your incredible response. You are too good. And I am feeling bad because I said I would get back to you after the last posting and didn't. Especially if your are waiting for an email... please accept my apologies. At the moment we are all just suffering under the humid heat that finally set in, need so much time for all that has to be done, and in the evening I am too tired to think and write and instead just knit away and relax. We don't use air condition because we think it's so silly to cool down a place that's barely insulated, such a waste of energy, also eyes get dry and hurt. So it's really hot at home and I need so much time for everything because I feel so exhausted. What helps is to write down a list of little tasks, switch on some music that sets the right rhythm to stay in motion and work on that list in units of 30 minutes... If you have some great tips to get things done, please tell me.
The cardigan. Knitted, yes, but also a cardigan for knitting, therefore I called it Strickjacke - literally translated it would be something like knitting jacket like hiking boots or sleeping bag.
I am knitting a lot in public, as I said before, throughout the year. Our winters here in the Kanto plain aren't very cold and nice sweater or cardigan are sufficient for most days.
And a cozy cardigan with short sleeves that don't interfere with your knitting sounded like a perfect idea to me. I liked the DROPS pattern 109-8 from the new Fall and Winter Collection 2008 as it was, but quickly imagined a version with short sleeves, just long enough to keep my arms warm.
The yarn I got only days before the pattern came out. It's Puppy Diffusion Alpaca Roving in a very nice heathery grey, soft, heavy, warm and shedding like mad. Courtenay of raptwithfiber had been warning me... the long alpaca hairs were all over the place once I started knitting. Time will tell if the shedding will stop at some point. I think it already got less, now that the yarn got knitted.Once again I was happy about being on ravelry, because there I recently discovered Courtenay's gorgeous Buttony (here the ravelry link, knitted in a yarn I was coveting for months... found it in early spring, on sale at Yuzawaya, it looked beautiful, felt nice, but I wasn't sure how it would hold up... looked as if it would felt and pill quickly. So when I saw Courtenay's sweater I asked her about the yarn and she said it was fine. Besides the shedding. So I finally got that yarn. And I think it is fine, indeed.
Besides the sleeves I obviously did change, I did graft the hood instead of sewing which the pattern called for. Therefore I ended knitting the hood with 2 1/2 rows of garter stitch before kitchener stitching the halves together. With a half row of garter stitch a gap of stockinette stitch is avoided. Still some kind of seam is obvious. yet it is smooth and much nicer than an actual seam, I think.
The sleeves' length is a little bit on the boring side but it is decidedly above the elbow, so it seems like a good length to be short but also warm.
I would have liked a different hood, not such a pointy one but a round shaped, something I'd like to learn when doing a hooded sweater again, some day.
It was funny to knit with such a bulky yarn, I couldn't knit quickly, 7mm needles feel cumbersome to me. But despite of it it's so great how fast a piece is growing when using bulky yarn.
All in all I am quite happy how my Strickjacke turned out, an easy to folloe, simple pattern resulting in a simple cardigan.
So much for today.
Stay well and take good care of yourself!
PS: The next cardigan is already on the needles, I am making a Forecast in plain red merino.