My Geraldine and Ethel are currently waiting to dry. I steam blocked them last night. (Post coming soon on those finished objects.) I am now anxious to start Marion another pattern by Andi Satterlund.
Marion has been in my queue since April of 2013 and it is now past time to start it. First off, I am in dire need of a purple cardigan. Purple is one of those colors that I hardly ever wear but, I do want to implement it a bit more in my wardrobe. I actually purchased the yarn and buttons for this cardigan during my vacation last summer from Joann’s Fabric store.
I have been doing gauge swatches this morning and honestly I am not loving the yarn. The yarn is Caron’s Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) yarn in Magenta(ish). It is a wool/acrylic blend. It is not the worst but, it definitely isn’t the best. However, I have decided to do some stash busting so this will have to do. The yarn splits and sheds a little. However, the color is just beautiful and it works up nicely also. So, I’ll just persevere…
I am excited about revisiting cables. It has been awhile since I’ve made anything with cables, which is crazy considering how much I love them. I think my last cabled project was Chuck (my favorite pullover). The cabled neckline is very nice and I like the added bonus of the cables on the wrists.
I plan on making the Small size.
Hopefully, all will go well with this cardigan (as they usually do with Andi’s patterns) and I will have a wardrobe staple with this purple cardigan.
I’ve mentioned before how much I adore the blog Untangling Knots, which is run by Andi. Well, after I finished pattern testing her Elsa Jacket, I decided to start making her pullover Chuck (I’m getting an early start on my Fall/Winter sweaters). I have been literally admiring Chuck since the day it came out but, I put off starting it because I was working on my Shapely Cardigan. But, you know that project has been moving super slow for me. I have no excitement for it any longer and I am just ready to get it off the needles so, I can stop looking at it. But, I digress…
So, Chuck has been so much fun to work up! I have such major love for cables so, I knew this would be a great pattern to do. Andi really has the best instructions for her patterns. They are clear and concise. I am on the last few rows of the body and then, I just have to do the sleeves and neckline.
I plan on making two versions of this pullover. One in pink and one in orange. I chose to do pink first because even though that is my favorite color, I have never made a wearable in that color.
Chuck is a great pattern for those who love vintage styled designs. It has great waist shaping and it is cropped so, it is the perfect length for those vintage-inspired dresses/skirts. It also looks great layered over a longer shirt with jeans as I have seen other Ravelers wearing it.
I’m am trying to finish Chuck during my vacation, which starts tomorrow (Yay!!!) because I will be doing some more pattern testing for Andi. I am also super-excited about that project and will keep you all up to date on how it goes. I will be making a trip to the Yarnhouse Studio on Monday when I return to get the materials for that project.