Thursday, October 13, 2011
Knitting Lekker Zacht
She is finally finished, My February Sweater, or as we know her: Lekker Zacht, (nice and soft).
It took me for ever, I had to frogg her when I was at 1/3, and she taught me so much.
(I still have to block her.)
First of all that when doing a lace pattern, one should embrace the use of stitch markers. I first made some with a couple of contrasting pieces of wool, but soon decided I could do better and made these ladies:
I call 'em Lady Tears, inspired by a fairytale of a lady weeping at a stream.
Making my own markers has led to a reawakening of my passion for metal crafting so I'm working at various projects at the moment.
But back to Lekker Zacht. It is the first cardigan I made and it took me forever because I decided to do it in fingerling wool, so I started with 71 stitches, resulting in 218 after all the increases. And I'm not a fast knitter.
This cardigan has seen so many places, I took it everywhere with me, and I will cherish it for the rest of my life because of the memories that have woven their place within the fabric.
And Miss E, who is its current owner, also seems happy with it. I let her feel the wool when I was making the cardigan and she rubbed it against her cheek with a big smile, hence the name: Lekker Zacht.
So I'm quite happy and proud of the result.
And I loved to read the instructions and accompanying story of E. Zimmermann.
(I got the pattern from Knitter's Almanac.)