A week and a half ago, I began knitting a sweater for my wife. I’ve never knit with 100% alpaca before, and I have to say that it’s pretty special. It feels both warm and cool at the same time, thanks to the incredible hollow fibers that comprise the coats of Andean high-altitude llamas. Z is a very lucky woman to be getting a sweater like this one, if I do say so myself.
And if the sweater actually takes, then I am going to be a very lucky guy. Back in September I wrote a post about what’s really behind the sweater curse, and how it’s really just a bunch of hooey. I stand by that belief——the odds that Z and I would get divorced over a sweater are probably around zero——but in the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that this is my third attempt at knitting a sweater for Z.
“Merry” from Big Easy, a Rowan publication. I thought it might look good on Z because she and the model above have similar proportions. Well, there’s a reason that model is turned slightly to the side, and has her hair carefully “arranged.” Big busts are nice, and big stitches are nice, but big stitches and big busts together? Uh-uh.
This is the Toggle Cardigan, a Reynolds pattern. In this case, the fault is entirely my own, and entirely avoidable. I wanted Z’s cardigan to come out exactly the way it appeared in the pattern photo, so I ordered the suggested yarn, sight unseen. Reynolds Lopi, Icelandic Wool. Icelandic sheep must have it in for the locals, because that yarn was both itchy and scratchy. Z made a good faith effort. She wore it to work twice. Then it went off to a yard sale, with my blessing.
This is the current attempt. It’s the Slouchy Cardigan from Greetings from Knit Café. That fabulous alpaca that I mentioned is Classic Elite Inca Alpaca. What you see here is the completed back, the right front, and the beginning of the left front. It’s off to a good start, and Z has been eyeing it with Ooohs and Ahhhhs. The forecast for this sweater is pretty good. And if it doesn’t take, I’ll settle for the privilege of keeping Z’s neck warm and her feet cozy.