It wasn’t that I forgot about my intention to catalog older projects here, it was that I lost motivation. It happens. So, a small interlude, books will wait while I clear a post from my drafts.
This is the Creature Comforts Cardi, offered by Madelinetosh yarns. It’s not a new pattern, still, it’s one I’d consider making again. It was simple to make, and the end product is unique without being weird. It’s the kind of garment you can just throw on easily, and it upgrades something casual. I get compliments on this one.
I used Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in the shade Antler for my sweater. It’s a wool that feels, to my hands, like cotton in softness, but with the wonderful elasticity and warmth you get from merino wool. It stands up to wear very well. In general, I tend to prefer the soft, fragile, single-ply yarns, but, let’s face it, the finished garments require lots of TLC, and they aren’t as durable, no matter how carefully they’re treated. If I’m looking for a workhorse, this is what I choose.
The pattern was released in 2010, and I had recently learned to knit. Oh, it blew my mind. Those leaves. Could I own and wear something so nice? Yes, I could!
It’s a luxury to have the time and resources to learn to make things, and I’m grateful I had both at that period in my life. I can’t speak encouragingly enough about learning to make something with your own hands, if you are able. It’s worth the investment. And, this pattern works as an early-stages garment a relatively new knitter can complete.