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...