At long last, my Owls cardigan! I've had it finished for several days, but I couldn't stand the thought of wearing it during the recent heat wave. Fortunately, today was a breezy, beautiful day that is ideal for blog photographs.
Pattern: Owls by Kate Davies
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery's Green Mountain Green, 5 skeins exactly (funny that: I thought I was going to run out, not realizing that I had a whole 'nother skein left)
Needles: US 10
Time to Knit: April 3 - April 10
Time to Put on 56 Buttons: An entire sick day's worth of chair sitting, after two weeks of procrastination
Modifications: Modified for gauge, cardiganized, short-sleeved
I think this sweater is so cute! I decided to play up the cuteness factor by adding some mismatched buttons to the mix. I love the look of mismatched (but similar) buttons, and I plan on doing it again sometime soon! I think the purple and blue are such a nice contrast to the yellow.
I think that, perhaps, this is the last time I knit a sweater with this yarn. I do love it, but it is rather thick, and sweaters knit with thinner yarn tend to work better for me. The short sleeves do alleviate some of the thick (and warm!) yarn problems on this particular piece.
Out in the non-knitting world, I needed to explain that the motifs on the sweater were owls. But it is a rather attractive decoration even without having that bit of information!
This sweater puts all of the waist shaping in the back of the sweater. I knit it as specified because I was curious about how this would turn out. I probably won't choose to do this placement of shaping again. The sweater seems to have extra fabric in the back, especially after the increases for the bust. It could be that I needed a little less ease in general!
I think that this will be a very wearable sweater next fall. It will add warmth (but not too much), and the yellow and the cuteness will be a guarantee to cheer up my day!