I am woefully behind on knitting a sweater for a Knit-Along I joined this month. In fact, when the month started, I wasn’t even close to choosing what pattern to make, let alone knitting it! I was vacillating between several patterns, but in the end decided to make Coraline by Ysolada Teague. The pattern fit all of my requirements: a cardigan that would look good worn open or buttoned; a fit that would flatter both my pregnant and non-pregnant self; simple but not boring in construction. I did have to buy the pattern, and didn’t have the yarn for it in stash, so….a trip to Webs was in order!
I knew that I wanted a DK weight yarn with an interesting blend of fibers in it. So I arrived at Webs with a short list of contenders. Sweetie accompanied me and took up her usual post in an armchair at the front of the store, assuring me I could take as much time as I needed. Awesome!
A preliminary loop through the store netted some good possibilities for yarn:
All lovely choices, but I wasn’t crazy about knitting with any of these colors. As Sweetie was so bold to point out, “I’ve seen this basket of yarn before.” I was busted for sticking to my comfort palette!
Armed with a challenge to choose colors I haven’t worked with recently, I set out on a second search through the store. I was also looking for yarn for a couple of other projects, and this new perspective helped me find them too. This is what I came home with:
Cherry, bubble gum, and raspberry! I was definitely more excited about these colors than I was about my first basket, lovely as those colors were. But Sweetie was right; sometimes we need to shake things up and try something outside the lines we’ve been coloring in.
I ended up choosing Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for my sweater. It’s in a vibrant shade of red that I think will punch up my fall/winter wardrobe quite nicely.
I cast on on Saturday and am already 4 rows into the pattern. I know, it’s going to be hard to keep up with me at this speedy pace!