Friday, 14 January 2011

FO: Kerrera


Raveled here!

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Lichen Mix; 6,2 skeins
Needles: 5,5mm and 5mm
Source: Kerrera by Gudrun Johnston
Overall: I'm dead from too much love.


Psst... update: Go look at the pattern page on Ravelry! My pic is there!

I am really, really, excited. This garment is, in my opinion, one of the best garment I've made for myself. I am really, really happy. I know, I say really all the time. Although this time, it is love, love, love!


But this love story didn't happen before a long time. At the beginning, even before casting on, I was in love with this cardigan. I had the yarn in my stash, the pattern was already bought. It's just that, I was afraid. Yes, I was feeling like a high school girl, too shy to talk to guys. I was afraid to cast this sweater on. Everything felt scary: the double garter stitch, the short-row sleeves, the hood, the pocket seaming... I even wondered if I would have the patience to knit the bottom part in the round!



And then, after months and months of dreaming about this sweater and of wondering about how it would look on me, I decided that this year's Christmas vacations were the best time. I had gain knitting confidence during 2010, and I felt ready for a good, long selfish knit. Plus, I had just finished my semester, so I knew I had plenty of time to knit. On December 17th, I decided to challenge myself and knit this entire sweater during the holidays, despite working and family dinners, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't make it. Disappointed, I though that, with school,t I wouldn't have much time to knit. Well, I made room for it. Because you know what? Knitting is as important as anything else. Yes it is.


My determination and my overcoming of my knitting fears led me to this beautiful, cozy, wearable, enjoyable, marvelous knit. I knew that Gudrun Johnston was a well-known knitting genius (and fairy), but I had no idea that she could make a so well written pattern. Gudrun, if you read this, please know that I love you. This is my first Gudrun, and certainly not the last.


I also really enjoy modelling Kerrera. I was feeling so comfortable in it, that I didn't feel like directing the shoot and always looking at the pictures my lovely boyfriend was taking (his knee is better by the way. I was just enjoying myself so much, that I almost forgot that somebody was taking pictures...


22 comments:

spinndiva said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Loulek said...

Bravo ! Tu as très bien choisi ce modèle car il te va parfaitement bien ! D'ailleurs ça se voit sur les photos que tu prends plaisir à le porter :D

knittinggoddesswithacat said...

it's SO CUTE!!! I have the yarn to make it....but haven't gotten the pattern yet. This is just the inspiration I need. *loveslovesloves*

Northern Girl Knits said...

That is one of the most beautiful sweaters I've ever seen!

CelticCastOn said...

Great job, its a perfect fit!
Love that last shot ;)

luganknitter said...

It looks store bought! great job!

Rachel said...

First, it looks amazing! Second, isn't it strange what intimidates us at times? Look at all the other sweaters you not only knit but designed...so I was surprised to read that! I have some similar fears...I cast on and figured out how to do the double garter stitch but then set it aside due to a tad bit of fear. Thanks for sharing because now I know just to pick it up and start knitting...trusting in my skills! Again, beautiful cardigan!!

Allison said...

I've been in love with this cardigan for a long time too...and you've done it in one of my fave yarns in a beautiful colorway. Beautiful!

Thea said...

Looks beautiful!

knitbot said...

LOVE IT!!!

Sarah said...

Wow, your sweater is gorgeous!

Gudrun Johnston said...

You do look so comfortable in it and so you should, it looks fantastic on you! Thanks for all the wonderful comments about the pattern too! I'm currently working on a kids and baby version of this one!

tinihearts ♥ said...

I LOVE it!! Wow...! I want one! :D

fridica said...

It's great and I love your action shots! Also, so great to hear from Gudrun about the child version!

photoknitdog said...

It looks absolutely amazing! Funny how you can be afraid to cast on a project for so long only to have it turn out as perfect as this! :)

yodafatkitty said...

Oh, me too! Love this and I've actually been looking for a longer sweater pattern.
Awesome!

Skein said...

Love it! Looks great on you, so warm and comfy. I've been inspired..and MUST C.O one ready for our winter. Wonderful images too, looks like you were having a lot of fun.

Maryse said...

It must feel great to now have it! You can be proud and it looks awesome on you! I've always thought that new knitting techniques are intimidating but once you get to it, it all goes well! Cheers!

Marta said...

Gorgeous! And your love for it shows in the pics! A great selfish knit. :)

Laura Michelle said...

This looks fantastic - love it!

WingedStrategos said...

So awesome. You've definitely made me want to use Ultra Alpaca when I finally break down and make this.

Eva said...

Good work!

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