Friday, January 2, 2015

WIP: Minty Fresh Alpenglühen

alpengluhen alpengluhen2

On Christmas day, while we ate aebleskivers and drank mimosas at home in our pajamas - which is, in my opinion, the best way to spend a holiday - I cast on for a new cardigan, a pattern called Alpenglühen. Because I like to live dangerously, I didn't swatch, and just went ahead and cast on for the 40" size. I also decided to throw in some extra shaping in the front, and change up the cable detail at the center front... needless to say, I am a paragon of immorality and bad sweater-knitting habits.

(I swear I will do better next time. Maybe.)

And on the subject of immorality, the yarn is some Malabrigo Worsted I've had sitting in my stash for about five years. I have a bad habit of getting sweater quantities of yarn and never knitting them because I'm afraid of screwing them up, when really, the best way to learn how to do things well is to screw up. I tell my students this exact thing every week - how failure is an opportunity, how it builds skills and confidence to fix or adapt your mistakes - and yet I can't take my own advice, because... well, because I am a paragon of immorality and bad sweater-knitting habits.

On the other hand, my sweater does look pretty good so far. I guess yarn crime does pay, after all.


Kat Riddell said...

I love that color! Hopefully it turns out great :)

Tahnee said...

Great colour! And sure it's easy to say that making mistakes is the best way to learn, but when you have a yarn you just love it's very hard to feel like you might mess things up. So I also have a hard time taking this advice.

Anonymous said...

You didn't swatch? Horrors! The knitting police will come after you!

Swatches lie, anyway. And I never wash and block mine, when I do them. (Only for sweaters. No swatching for shawls, or mitts, or hats...)