FO Friday: May Cardigan

When I cast on Bristol Ivy’s May Cardigan at the beginning of April, my hope was that I’d be able to wear it to Maryland Sheep and Wool.  As I mentioned Tuesday, that happened, but just barely!  I stayed up late Saturday night finishing the first sleeve and furiously worked on the second sleeve on the drive to the festival!  As we were pulling into the parking lot, I had about 15 stitches left to cast off on the sleeve — so I ended up sitting in the parking lot of the festival, feverishly doing a sewn cast off and quickly weaving the two ends of the completed sleeve in.  It was the work of a few minutes, and my friends were kind enough to gamely wait! I initially felt a bit silly about it all, but in the end, was super happy I got to wear it Sunday.  It was the perfect temperature for a light sweater!

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May Cardigan

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WIP Wednesday: May Cardigan

WIP Wednesday: May Cardigan

I love traveling, and luckily, get to do a lot of it for work.  There are many things I enjoy when traveling (including, of course, eating!), but few things quite as much as scouting out local yarn shops.

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Just over a year ago, I spent a month in Massachusetts for research.  While there, we took a brief trip to Portland, Maine, a place I’d never been before.  Even in frigid March, it was a lovely place, and we had an amazing time wandering around, eating great food and trying fun cocktails, and exploring a bit of the Maine coast.  Despite the short visit, we stopped in at LYS Knit Wit.  Sharing a hometown with Quince and Co., it’s one of the yarn line’s original flagship stores and had almost every yarn the company makes.  I was immediately drawn to two yarns: gorgeous Tern in Columbine, which became an Everly Shawl shortly thereafter, and, unusually for me, Quince and Co’s Piper, a 50-50 merino/mohair blend, in Guadalupe.  I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it, but picked up three skeins, enough to make a shawl like Love and Lemons (a shawl I’d still like to make).

Fast forward to this spring and Quince’s release of a new Piper collection.  I immediately fell in love with the May cardigan — which required three skeins of Piper!  I cast on with the goal of finishing the sweater in time for this year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

With about a week and a half to go until the festival, I think I have a reasonable chance of reaching my goal.  I’ve really enjoyed knitting this sweater.  The construction’s very interesting (I’ll admit I’m still not 100% sure on how the whole thing comes together) but you start at the bottom of the sweater, work the back and fronts together, then divide the fronts and keep going — eventually the fronts are joined together, and seamed to the back, making the lovely shawl collar. The cartridge stitch is easy to do, so it’s great TV knitting, and I love the texture of the stitch.  I’m not usually a big fan of fuzzy yarns, but the blend of merino and mohair has a really pleasing halo — I think it will be the perfect spring/summer cardigan.

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In progress May on the front porch, with my nifty Yarn Pop bag helping me knit the fronts at the same time!

I’ve followed the pattern pretty much to the letter — this is my second Bristol Ivy sweater, and I find her patterns clear and clever!  My only deviation from the pattern as written was to knit the two fronts at the same time — it’s a method I almost always use for socks and mitts.  For this pattern, it appealed to me for two reasons.  The fronts are quite long, and I worried I’d lose steam after completing the first one.  Also, the cartridge stitch is super stretchy, and a bit hard to measure as a result, so this ensures my front will be exactly the same length.

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Porch snacks!

I spent a little time on the front porch knitting, trying a new IPA with some yummy French cheese and my new favorite crackers.  I’m almost done with the fronts — full steam ahead on the final details, and fingers crossed I’ll be wearing this one a week from Sunday at the festival.  Here’s to Wednesday — the week’s half done!