One of my goals this year is to make myself a sweater. Some of you may be scratching your head as to why I don’t own a hand knit sweater knit by myself. I’ve knit sweaters, however, just never for me- mostly as baby gifts and the latest one for my son.
Now I know the Featherweight Cardigan is not a sweater per say, but I think it will be a good jumping off point.
I’m the type that likes quick instant gratification knits so that’s probably why it has taken me so long.
Plus, the type of yarns that I like usually require 6 or 7 balls to make a general medium sized sweater without much fanciness to it so to drop $120 on a sweater is just not really my thing right now. Not to say I don’t spend that much on yarn/fiber at times, but just that I’d rather spend that on yarn that I will get multiple projects out of.
Maybe it makes sense, maybe it doesn’t… maybe by this time next year I’ll be buying sweater quantities worth of yarn. I’m tricky like that so you never know :).
But for now, I will try my hand at this cardigan and give this a shot.
The yarn I chose is Malabrigo sock because it has 440 yds. so I’m getting bang for my buck. I bought 3 but had such a debacle the other night trying to wind up the first skein into a ball that after almost 4 hours of being on the floor trying to untangle it, I threw in the towel and went to bed. It was 1:30 am and I had to get up at 6!! I’m still having nightmares about it. I believe I was able to salvage about 1/2 of the skein, but as I took the other tangled mess and threw it in the trash, I almost shed a tear… I tried… I really did. I’m not the type to give up on anything yet alone a tangled mess of yarn. But the yarn won I’m afraid… Well, it half won. So I guess you can say the yarn and I were tied.
If anyone has any tips or tricks regarding winding a skein into a ball- please let me know. Right now I am using an electric ball winder…
I’ll leave you with a picture of the result (and I really hope this doesn’t happen to the other 2 skeins that I will wind into balls)…