With a cold snap set to drop in I decided to start knitting myself a cardigan. I bought the yarn for this back in May of 2017 when Wool Warehouse had a 35% discount on their range of Drops yarn, it was such a good price that I didn't want to miss out. I thought it would make a nice cardigan but it's taken me all this time to get it started.
It doesn't look much here as it's bunched up on the needles but it's the Shapely Boyfriend, a free pattern on Ravelry by Stefanie Japel. It's knit from the top down all in one piece, so no sewing up at the end, a big bonus for me. The recommended needle size is 5mm but I wasn't getting gauge with this, even when I went up to a 5.5mm needle it was still knitting up small, but I didn't like the fabric created with a 6mm needle so I decided to stick with a 5.5mm needle and knit a larger size. I like my cardigans to be a bit on the big size so that I can layer up so I was knitting a size large but I've now decided to go with the extra large size and just hope that it fits, time will tell. I've just got a couple of rows left to do before I split for the sleeves.
The yarn is Drops Nepal, an aran weight yarn so it's knitting up quickly, and I chose the Camel Mix colourway, I thought it would go with lots of things.
Yesterday, I picked up a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply to knit a pair of socks for my dad for Christmas, so the cardigan will be put to one side for a while whilst I work on these. I really wanted the Owl colourway which is a mix of shades of brown as my dad tends to wear lots of brown but the shop didn't have that so I ended up going with the Blue Tit colourway which is a mix of blues and yellow, I just hope he likes it.
My dad is the most appreciative of everyone I knit socks for, he always had hand knit socks as a child and I think he prefers them to other socks, especially in winter as they keep his feet nice and toasty warm. This is the only hand made gift I'm making for Christmas this year.