I’ve been thinking lately that the next time I am invited to a “little black dress,” party, as they say, or a dress up event, I will be prepared. I have found myself in the past, not prepared at all, feeling as though I am showing too much shoulder, cleavage (oh my, no please), being chilled, or downright cold running back to my car…and even all of these combined. Well, this can all put a real damper on an evening.
The reason why I have been thinking of this is because I don’t love the cropped black cardigans I see in the stores, often too short, with too short of sleeves (hitting the elbow or higher), and made out of nylon, acrylic knit, or polyester, that feels like fine netting and is a cold sort of fabric. Do you know the cropped cardigans I’m talking about? Because really, I think they are all the same. Not that they are bad looking really, but just sort of not enough there.
By being prepared next time, I mean I will have a hand knit, waist length cardigan made of a wool, silk, and bamboo blend, with sleeves the perfect length, to be determined by me. When it’s chilly outside, or inside, or I am feeling a bit too exposed (honestly I don’t wear those kind of dresses anymore, but it could happen I suppose), my cardigan won’t be too little, or too scratchy, or the fabric too cold, but instead will feel more like a soft hug. Oh, if you don’t knit, this is why we do!
However, as knitters know, that means I have to knit with black yarn, which was a deterrent for getting started for a while, but I kept thinking I need to get this done before the next event, whatever that may be. So I cast on the Honeyflower Cardi, by Hannah Fettig, found in Making magazine, issue number 3, DOTS, and it really hasn’t been too bad because the yarn is soft, doesn’t split, and is smooth on the needles. My yarn is a thicker weight, probably sport weight, so even though this sweater is gorgeous in fingering weight, (I need to watch my gauge which could be bad in this case), this will be more of a cold weather sweater. I would love to make a fingering weight version as well. The yarn is from my stash, Yin, by SWTC.
I have several new yarns made and have added a few to the shop and will add a few more by tomorrow morning. I don’t want to send out lip balms after it gets too hot outside, so the next 20 people who order yarn will get a free organic lip balm with their order, if ordered before May 12th:)
It is almost graduation time for our senior and there is a lot going on, including a final orchestra concert, a speech tonight downtown, and prom for two young men here At Stone Cottage.
I hope you have a lovely rest of the week! Jeannine