A Winter Cardigan for Erin…

I have been knitting… I am enjoying this project soooo much!
I am knitting items of clothing for our family in preparation for winter, which seems to be approaching rather swiftly here in South Africa. Our leaves are already yellowing and falling from our trees, I thought I was just imagining it and then Jenna mentioned that it seemed like Autumn, well I think she is right:) So anyway, back to the items of clothing, as I already mentioned on Saturday Caiden has asked for a cardigan in moss green with the brown flecks and while I am busy dyeing up the yarn for that, I thought I would make a start on Erin’s choice. She has requested a long cardigan in thick chunky yarn. She went into the wool cupboard and chose this in the photo below. I am so excited to be knitting in this wool!! It comes from my friend’s farm in the Cape, she has a flock of organic sheep that are only sheared once a year, the fleece is sheared, washed, spun up transformed into the most beautiful, warm, exceptionally soft and tremendously amazing wool! I just love the natural varigation of colours, just look how it knits up, reminds me of chocolate… I am knitting this cardigan according to Erin’s measurements, which I am holding thumbs, will work out and it is also based on the Libby pattern. However, instead of knitting it all separately, I have decided to knit the back and front sides all in one on circular needles, using them as straights with a nice long cord.
I can’t believe how fast this is knitting up, but I am knitting on size 8mm needles and so I hope to be finished early next week… by then Caiden’s yarn should be ready and I can start on his cardigan…!!
Oh knitting bliss… I seem to need something to knit in my hands each day, to create from scratch… how it fulfills my soul…
What wonderful knitting goodness are you busy knitting at the moment?
Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day:) xo

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13 Responses to A Winter Cardigan for Erin…

  1. Yvonne February 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Gorgeous cardigan!
    I just got one by a blog-swap and i love to wear it!
    I’m also knitting. A pillow cover.
    With beautiful mossgreen cotton.

    Love, Yvonne

  2. Rachel February 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Oh! My! Gosh! That is DELICIOUS!!! Coveting bigtime that yarn. Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not covet. Not working……

    What am I knitting? Well, I am currently knitting the second sock to a pair of socks and then I am starting OVER on a sweater I wripped out a months worth of work on! How fabulous is that? Sigh….. I’ll post photos tomorrow on my blog I’m sure. Very painful to see…… Why oh why do I keep attempting to knit SWEATERS!! As I sit and covet your yarn and think of the sweater I’d knit up in that stuff…. man alive that is gorgeous.

    OKAY, I’M STOPPING NOW!!

  3. K February 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I wish I were knitting. The wool really does, as Rachel says, look delicious. Erin knows her stuff. The round sounds very good to me – does this mean using magic loop? I think it does, jah? I am so without depth of understanding. But the real thing I am saying here today is NOOOOO – you can’t be finished with summer yet. It doesn’t feel right at all. You just had SPRING. I NEED you to stay green just a bit longer. When I read about your yellow leaves, it’s as though, in my own life, we’ve somehow skipped spring and summer like someone has drawn us up like a drawstring in a purse mouth.

    Oh. OH. OH.

  4. Linda February 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Dear Yvonne,
    Thanks so much! Oh wow, you got a cardigan in a blog swap, how wonderful!! It much be such a treasure. The moss green cotton sounds elegant…
    Take care
    Linda

    Dear Rachel,
    Thanks about the yarn, I am looking forward to seeing your socks, I will pop by your blog soon to see them:)
    xo
    Linda

  5. Linda February 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Dear K,
    It is always so lovely to hear from you, your words are so encouraging and much appreciated:) I knit on the circular needles but I don’t join for the round, I just use them so I have plenty of room for all the stitches. Our summer is sadly waning, the leaves are turning and it is not getting light as early as it has been, so yes, I think we are on our way to Autumn…
    Hugs
    Linda

  6. Kelly February 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    The sweater and wool look lovely!

    I’m knitting up the Encompass cowl for myself, while it’s still winter here in the U.S.:

    http://www.creatingafamilyhome.com/2011/02/taking-care-of-mama-monday.html

    Kelly @ Creating a Family Home

  7. Stephanie K. February 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    What amazing yarn. I lean towards natural colours myself, as well as cardigans. Sounds like Erin is my kinda girl! I’m starting a little “Pebble” baby vest tonight, in hopes of gifting it this Saturday!

  8. the mountain fox February 15, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Oh that looks lovely! Must grab my needles for 10 mins before bed!

  9. Bec February 15, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Oh it is a gorgeous colour Linda, just like chocolate for sure!! It will be lovely for Autumn! I cant believe how fast the colder months are approaching either, though we have had some beautiful weather the last week, so I am happy about that, just hoping to hang onto it a little bit longer!

  10. Dawn February 15, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    I must tell you that if New England, USA winter is any indication of what your winter may be, knit thickly and warmly. This has been one of the snowiest and coldest winters to date. Wish someone had knitted me a cardigan for this winter. Fortunately, as you head cold, we head for warmth.

  11. Val February 15, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    That looks so lovely..is it as soft as it looks?

  12. Linda February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Dear Val,
    It is sooooo soft:)
    xo

  13. regina February 16, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    is it terrible to be glad you are going into autumn? as it means maybe just maybe I will see my lawn before june here in NY?
    I LOOOOOVE the libby- it is on my list for christmas knitting (that never ending list that i need to get cracking on soon) for a niece….right now on the needles I have a bitty cardi for a soon to be niece. it is a quick and satisfying knit, a nice precursor to the easter egg cozies and soon to be named basket stuffies…

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