This cardigan is by Emily Ringelman and is featured in Midwestern Knits. I knew I wanted to make this when I first received my book, but I wasn't sure about yarn color. I like knitting with color. Especially at this point in my crafting life, where I've tried most every technique, so that's not always an incentive to get through a knit with a neutral color. I also wear things in lighter weight, and longer-to-knit, yarns. So sometimes it's the color that encourages me to power through a knit. That wasn't necessary with this one, though. The construction was interesting and the three different stitch patterns kept it interesting.
I also liked the natural, semi-solid color of the sample for this design. It's something my own closet is missing. Of course, it looks much more subtle and smooth than the yarn I chose, but I had to go budget friendly at my time of ordering. My Patons Classic Tweed in the Aran color, on sale at Joann, was the closest I could get. I really like the little flecks of blue because it isn't a busy tweed.
My other misgiving about knitting sweaters right now is what size to knit. As I think I've mentioned before, I'm going through "a change"- no, not the change, just stress-induced hormonal stuff that I made worse with hormone therapy experiments. So, I want flexibility in my knits right now- things that will fit me if I continue to put on weight, and that can look intentionally oversized if I drop back down. This cardigan looked like a safe bet. It also helps that I've always liked oversized sweaters.
What can I say? I suffer from a typical #knitterissue: it turned cold, and I want to wear it right now, not wait for blocking.
I knit my Blowing Snow along with a lovely group of knitters in the Midwestern Knits KAL group on Ravelry. We've experimented with adding length, tweed yarn, variegated yarns, and even some sweater surgery the reduce length. We're a daring bunch.