Spring is just around the corner, and we are feeling it! Last weekend, it got up into the high 50s with glorious sunshine and we’ve been hovering in the low 60s this week. Okay, sure, it’s stormy and gloomy today, but it’s not cold, which makes me a happy camper.
But last weekend? We had this….
Which meant it was time to take the Abigail Cardi on its first outing to Wheeler Farm, which happens to be just down the street from my house.
This cardigan is definitely my lucky cardigan… not because good things happen to me while I’m wearing it (too early to tell), but because it’s a freaking miracle that the thing fits! Here’s why: I started this cardigan back in 2012 and I didn’t swatch. I. Didn’t. Swatch. What was I thinking? Oh yeah…. I was a newbie knitter who didn’t know any better. Darn you, past Kim!
Well, present Kim decided to pull this project out of the back of the linen closet and try to salvage it, in the name of aiming for a Stash Less 2016. I figured if it ended up not fitting—and I resigned myself to the fact that it probably wouldn’t—I could always give it to my niece. So, I took a deep breath, finished the last sleeve, soaked it in my fave Twig & Horn Lemongrass wool soap, and pinned it out on the blocking mats.
Once it was dry, I tried it on…. and sat on the floor next to my blocking mats, giggling like a crazy person. It fit! And it was ever so soft and lightweight. It was perfect. The Fibre Company’s Canopy fingering weight yarn gives each stitch beautiful loft and a subtle halo, thanks to the 50% baby alpaca fibre content. The rest of the yarn is made up of bamboo and merino wool, which means it’s sturdy, has a bit of sheen, and lovely drape.
Side Note: The Conifer color way that I used here appears to have been discontinued. Good thing I bought enough back in 2012!
Side view so you can see what I mean about the drape…. Forgive the squinting into the sun….
We had an amazing afternoon hanging out in the sunshine and seeing all of the animals, who seemed to be as happy as we were about the weather.
Think they know I’m wondering if someone’s going to spin their wool into yarn?
And one last image of the farm… Come on, spring!
I have a planner full of springtime knits to make and share with you, as well as some fantastic guest models and photographers. It’s going to be a great season!