With the cooler weather setting in, I've gotten back into knitting. There are several things I love about knitting. First, the yarn: I.LOVE.YARN. Wool yarn. Almost as much as I love fabric. Second, the portability of knitting is a big plus, especially when you're following two boys around pretty much everywhere. I have a framed knitting bag that holds all my knitting supplies, including needles of every possible size, all in one location. Third, I love the process -- there's something rhythmic and relaxing to knitting, but it requires just enough concentration to occupy one's mind to be an absorbing past time.
Now, to the project. This is Leaflet, from Knitty. If you have never heard of Knitty, it is an on-line knitting magazine that offers free patterns from independent (a lot of them very commercially successful) knit-wear designers. This cardi is my fourth or fifth Knitty project, and I've liked all of them.
I knit this cardi in record time, based on a combination of a fairly simple pattern and big aran-weight wool yarn. I think it took me about two to three weeks of sporadic knitting in the evenings.
When I asked my boys if they liked the leaflet pattern in the back, they told me the top one looked like a Clone trooper helmet, so this is also nicknamed my Star Wars tribute sweater. I'm not sure I see it, but I'll take their word for it.
The yarn is a 100% Peruvian Highland wool called Eco+ Wool by Cascade Yarns. It was actually frogged from another (very complicated) project that was two-thirds completed, then I put it away for a while and was hopelessly lost when I tried to figure out where I was in the pattern.
I think I might knit this again as a long-sleeved cardi without the motif in the back. That's how much I like it!