This project ticked all sorts of good maker boxes. This yarn was the first "fancy yarn" purchase I ever made back in 2012 (by "fancy", I mean made of wool and not available at Joann's, ha ha). I bought this yarn from Craftsy on a big discount because the yarn had been discontinued. I loved this awesome kelly green color and it's subtle color changing. I had no idea what I wanted to make at the time, but I bought 6 skeins ... and they sat. I've toyed with several ideas for using the yarn over the years, but nothing ever stuck. One time I even had a major plan to make a different pattern and I would have needed 2 more skeins, so I went ahead and bought them on Ravelry from another knitter and they were even from the same dye lot. Last September, I finally put two and two together with a pattern I had always wanted to make and set to work. I had to put this down multiple times and for several months at a time since the knitting began so I could work on gifts and things, but I finally finished knitting in March of this year. Then I had the dilemma of buttons, and it sat for another month. This poor sweater just seemed to take forever, therefore I was really glad to have all the components and finish it up last week. So, what did I make? Take a look:Ginny's Cardigan by Mari Chiba from Unofficial Harry Potter Knits that came out several years ago. I was immediately in love with this design and always planned on making it, thus when I finally realized this yarn was the right weight, I jumped right in. The sweater is knit from the bottom-up to the yoke, then the sleeves are knit bottom-up, then all is joined for the yoke and neck. I've never made a sweater before with this construction and it was definitely interesting. From the front, the sweater is really nothing to write home about. The original pattern calls for patch pockets, but once I made them it looked odd with the subtle stripes in the color not matching the body, so I left them off. So, why would I want to make such a seemingly boring sweater? Let me show you:
This yarn deserves some chat as well. It's called Limerick by Wisdom Yarns in the green-blue colorway (which I just realized I never stated earlier, lol). When I bought it I was expecting a more tonal green color, so I was surprised when the blues started showing up in the knitting and that they were SO bluey. Also I had never worked with a yarn this rustic before. The only way I can describe it is that this using yarn is the only time I've ever felt like I was knitting with the hair of an animal. The yarn is loosely spun and very lofty, so it felt like using actual hairs held together. The yarn also had quite a big variation from thick to thin, occasionally getting so thin that I worried for its stability and had to cut that section off before continuing. I even had a few instances where just me keeping tension on the yarn broke it, so I would have to tink back and add the skein back in so I had enough to weave in that broken end. It was pretty temperamental, but I acclimated as I went on. I was expecting the color to be tonal, but I did not anticipate that it would make such defined stripes, nor that it would get so dark and so light. Since all the skeins were in the same dye lot, I just grabbed a new one each time without paying any extra attention, but when I was starting the second sleeve I noticed how much darker that first sleeve is than any of the other parts and I knew I had to go with the darkest remaining skein to make it match. The sleeves aren't an exact match, but they are darker than the body, plus I made sure to begin on that same super teal-y colored stripe at the wrist, so they look close enough to seem deliberate I think. As fate would have it, I ended up with almost all of those extra 2 skeins I bought left over since this sweater took 6.5 skeins. I actually really like this yarn now that I know how to work with it though, so I will be sure to use that yarn for a hat or something in the future.
Yarn: 6.5 skeins of Wisdom Yarns Limerick in the green/blue colorway (31808) - $29.25
Pattern: Ginny's Cardigan by Mari Chiba from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
Notions: fancy woven ribbon - $8.00, 9 buttons - $2.00
Time: On and off for 6 months
Total Cost: $ 39.25