Impatient with the various WIPs I had lying around, I cast on for a new project a couple of days ago–an adorable little cardigan called Cherry, from My Fashionable Life/Needle and Hook. I’m knitting it in a lavender shade of one of my favorite yarns, Rowan Calmer in 484 Lucky, which I got from some steep sale at Jannette’s Rare Yarns. (She shut down her eBay shop recently and opened up this new storefront instead–she sent a message saying you could get a 10% discount using the code JRY1, but I’m not sure when that code expires.)

I’m working the smallest size. I started with the sleeves, working them two at a time, and desperately hope they will fit… I erred on the side of negative ease. Looking through the examples of this sweater on Ravelry, it seems like it’s more flattering to go a little too small with this pattern than a little too big.

It’s such a pleasure working with Calmer–so stretchy and bouncy and soft!–but the pattern is kind of fiddly to follow. I’m only at the second repeat of “little birds” and already seem to have messed up the alignment of the birds on one sleeve–will have to go back and fix that. And it took about five minutes of staring at “dec 2 sts each side on these 2 and every following alt 7 rows and then every 4,” or however it was worded, to figure out exactly when, where, and how often I was supposed to decrease. It’s pretty standard verbiage, I guess, but that doesn’t mean it’s not confusing… I hope I don’t misread it and end up with very long, cone-shaped sleeves at the end of the weekend.

The pattern notes suggest styling it like Katharine Hepburn, “with Oxford bags.” I had no idea what this meant and just looked it up–they are voluminous trousers, apparently. I don’t have any, but perhaps I can borrow a pair of Rahul’s Dockers and wade around in becardiganed yet mannish style.

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