A few months back, I had the chance to participate in a talent exchange with a dear friend's mom. She wanted a handknitted sweater for Bill, her hubby. She, possessing a sewing skill level to which I'd never dare aspire, was offering some homemade Care Bears for my daughters.
The bears are perfect.
And, if I may be so immodest, so is the sweater.
Bill's criteria were simple: a roomy cardigan, sleeves large enough to accomodate a shirt with rolled-up sleeves underneath, one of those "shawl-thingy" collars if I could figure it out.
Mine were pretty clear as well: a fabulous, durable affordable natural fibre yarn, a stitch pattern that would keep me jumping, and seamless construction.
I am really proud of this one. Starting with an old Patons leaflet, I charted the written directions of the stitch pattern and built the sweater from scratch!
[mid-post rant: Are you effing kidding me, Typepad? Tell me again why I pay for you?]
Yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash, colour is Lichen Heather. Wearer is thrilled, knitter is too!