Tea Leaves Cardigan

My Tea Leaves Cardigan is finished, I am so thrilled with how it turned out!! I have never loved a cardigan so much, it fits perfectly and the wool is so soft. I hand painted twenty 50 gram skeins ofย  Merino aran weight wool for this project using diluted reddish brown and grey dyes to give that antique rose shade and I dyed them in my sun stove. It’s wonderful to wear it now that Spring is here and we have been having a few cool evenings.

As most of you know, the month of August was a hospital month for us, this project was my constant companion while I sat at my dad’s bedside each day. I would take it out my basket and just knit a few rows…

My pattern notes on Ravelry are here

The buttons were given to me by my mom, she bought them many years ago to sew onto a jacket, but then decided not to use them, so they were just perfect don’t you think?

I feel a little silly in these photos. They were taken by Richard and Erin, have you noticed when you are having photos taken that you don’t really know how to stand or what to do? Thank you my loves for your sweet photos:)

I am finishing off my Circumnavigate Cowl at the moment, I am enjoying it so much…

Have a lovely week.

Joining in with the lovely Ginny today.

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32 Responses to Tea Leaves Cardigan

  1. Tracey September 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Dearest Linda, your cardigan came out just beautiful and you look so lovely in it. I hope your Dad is doing better and I am so glad you had the comfort of kniting to keep you busy as you spend time in the hospital.

  2. Sara September 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Beautiful work, Linda. I just adore the color. And yes, I agree completely about the awkwardness of being photographed. This is probably why I’m usually the one behind the camera at my house.

  3. Sarah September 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    How lovely. This pattern is sitting in my Ravelry list!

    • Linda September 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks Sarah, you will love knitting this project.

  4. Leslie September 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    It’s great to see you in front of the lens! Now your blog isn’t ‘face’less to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ You must be so pleased with your finished sweater. Well done.

  5. chelsey September 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    It turned out beautiful! I made one in a similar color (although your hand painted wool is much prettier) for my daughter a few years ago. Such a fun knit!

  6. patty September 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    would you like to participate on my giveaway?

  7. Nance September 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Your cardigan turned out so nice! The color is beautiful and I sure like the pattern. Might have to check that out as wanting to knit one more cardigan before I get any older.

  8. Leslie September 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Congratulations, on a cardi knit beautifully

  9. Patti September 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm #


  10. jezz September 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    What a pretty sweater, and I love the buttons! Your mother has good taste. So what is the plant you’re standing next to–the tall flowering ones?

  11. Linda Pfeffer September 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    The cardigan is gorgeous! Reminds me of a sleeveless sweater I made a few years ago – very similar neckline……….I’ve often thought of making it again, and just adding long sleeves……….hmmmmmmm!

    • Linda September 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Was it perhaps the Shalom Cardigan? This is very similar and then you could just pick up the stitches for the sleeves:)
      Thanks so much:)

  12. Mara September 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Your cardigan is super, Linda. x

  13. Diana September 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I love it. It’s really beautiful. I thought you used the onions skins for this yarn . The color is beautiful too. Enjoy it.

  14. Africanaussie September 5, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Oh I love the subtle colors you have achieved! great job!

  15. sarah @ gladys in the garden September 5, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    I love the tea leaves and love the cardi I knitted, especially the neckline.
    Well done.
    Beautiful colour wool as well.

  16. emma September 5, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Looks lovely Linda, a perfect fit and the hand dyed colour is very pretty.

  17. K September 5, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I can just feel the hand of it, looking. It does fit you so very well and looks so comfortable – luxury and practicality. Yes, I know that feeling – how do the women who model figure out how to look like they were just in the middle of some startling or provoking thing? If you saw the canyon pictures, you’ll see me feeling silly in front of the camera. But really, you look lovely. Just being yourself and messing around in the garden shows off your beauty and grace.

  18. Christine September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Beautiful Linda! I love that you hand dyed the wool yourself.This project is definitely on my list of things to make! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kathleen September 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful. Congrats on finishing it!

  20. Tina September 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    What a gorgeous cardigan and the color, well it’s quite yummy! I really need to knit a Tea Leaves … where’s the LOVE button ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jen September 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    It’s beautiful!

  22. Niria September 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    A very lovely cardigan and a very lovely you….!
    God bless.

  23. Natalie September 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    What a gorgeous sweater, absolutely love it Linds!

  24. Jusa September 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Lovely design and coloring! The two buttons look perfect

  25. Ginny September 6, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    everything about it is perfect!

  26. MackenzieH September 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Oh, your sweater is lovely! I just added that one to my queue on ravelry. My yarn along project this week is leg warmers for my children’s back to school treat…you’re welcome to stop by my blog for a look!

  27. Lise G. September 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Your Tea Leaves Cardigan is absolutely lovely! It looks great, and I’m sure will have a lot more meaning to you every time it is worn by you! It will remind you of your spending time with your father in his time of need, and when you caress the buttons, your great mom! Also, because of your post, some time ago about wanting to knit this sweater, I too, bought the pattern and some great yarn and will be looking forward to knitting my own.

  28. jaye September 9, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    You are very clever ๐Ÿ™‚ and the photos are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Gracey September 9, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    It turned out beautifully! I love the color! The pictures are great!

  30. Heather September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm #


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